Red Platoon

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Red Platoon

Red Platoon

by Clinton Romesha | Summary & Analysis

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  • Publisher: Instaread
  • ISBN: 1683783808
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 39
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Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha | Summary & Analysis Preview: Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor by Clinton Romesha is a memoir of the October 2009 Battle of Kamdesh, in which hundreds of Taliban insurgents attacked Keating, the most remote American combat outpost in Afghanistan. For 14 hours, the Black Knight Troop fought to defend their post. The memoir provides a detailed account of the battle, and how Romesha, the staff sergeant of Red Platoon, executed a counterattack that helped save Keating along with many of his men and earned him a Medal of Honor. Upon arriving at Keating in late May 2009, the Black Knight Troop—divided into the Red, Blue, White, and Headquarters Platoons and tasked with preparing the base for shutdown—saw right away how vulnerable they were. Established in 2006, the camp was located at the base of steep mountains and bounded by rivers in isolated Nuristan Province. Because Keating was at the bottom of a valley)… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Red Platoon: · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

Red Platoon

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Red Platoon

Red Platoon

A True Story of American Valor

  • Author: Clinton Romesha
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698404157
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. “‘It doesn't get better.’ To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke.” In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. “A vitally important story that needs to be understood by the public, and I cannot imagine an account that does it better justice that Romesha’s.”—Sebastian Junger, journalist and author of The Perfect Storm “Red Platoon is sure to become a classic of the genre.”—Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice

Combat and Other Shenanigans

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Combat and Other Shenanigans

Combat and Other Shenanigans

A Humorous Memoir from the Iraq War

  • Author: Piers Platt
  • Publisher: Piers Platt
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 178
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER War is hell…but sometimes it’s also funny as hell. Combat and Other Shenanigans is Lieutenant Piers Platt’s firsthand account of his year as a cavalry platoon leader during the Iraq War. Wry, action-packed, and poignant, Combat and Other Shenanigans is the absurd-but-true story of the antics the world’s finest soldiers get up to when no one high-ranking is watching. Editorial Reviews: “Few war stories are both comical and serious, but this one-year memoir is unique.” -Crystal Book Reviews “An honest account of one officer's tour in Iraq. 5 stars.” -John P. Jones “Everything about Platt's writing felt authentic. I liked that his experiences really did translate from life to the page and into the reader's mind. Great read.” -Texas Book Nook Subjects: Iraq War, War Memoir, Humor, Funny, Military History, War on Terror, Biographies & Memoirs - Military, Leaders and Notable People, Veterans, History - Middle East - Iraq, History - United States - Iraq War.

Final Salute

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Final Salute

Final Salute

A Story of Unfinished Lives

  • Author: Jim Sheeler
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781440631603
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. Since the start of the war in Iraq, Marines like Major Steve Beck found themselves charged with a mission they never asked for and one for which there can be no training: casualty notification. In Final Salute, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler weaves together the stories of the fallen, the broken homes they have left behind, and one man's effort to help heal the wounds of those left grieving. But it is not a book about war, politics, or liberal vs. conservative. Achingly beautiful and honest, it is a book that every American-every human-can embrace. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The King's Exile

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The King's Exile

The King's Exile

(Thomas Hill 2)

  • Author: Andrew Swanston
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446487288
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
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Spring, 1648. When Thomas Hill, a bookseller living in rural Hampshire, publishes a political pamphlet he has little idea of the trouble that will follow. He is quickly arrested, forced on a boat to Barbados and condemned to life as a slave to two of the island’s most notoriously violent brothers. In England war has erupted again, with London under threat of attack. When news of the king’s execution reaches the island, political stability is threatened and a fleet commanded by Sir George Ayscue arrives to take control of the island for Cromwell. The threat of violence increases. Thomas finds himself witness to abuse, poison, rape and savage brutality. When a coded message from Ayscue to a sympathiser on the island is intercepted, Thomas is asked to decipher it. A disastrous battle seems inevitable. But nothing turns out as planned. And as the death toll mounts, the escape Thomas has been relying on seems ever more unlikely...

Marines in the Garden of Eden

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Marines in the Garden of Eden

Marines in the Garden of Eden

The True Story of Seven Bloody Days in Iraq

  • Author: Richard Lowry
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101205865
  • Category: History
  • Page: 448
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On March 23, 2003, in the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, members of the 507th Maintenance Company came under attack from Iraqi forces who killed or wounded twenty-one soldiers and took six prisoners, including Private Jessica Lynch. For the next week, An Nasiriyah rocked with battle as the marines of Task Force Tarawa fought Saddam's fanatical followers, street by street and building to building, ultimately rescuing Private Lynch.

The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa

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The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa

The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa

With E. D. Swinton's "The Defence of Duffer's Drift"

  • Author: Michael L. Burgoyne,Albert J. Marckwardt
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226080943
  • Category: History
  • Page: 178
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Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the U.S. military found itself in a battle with a lethal and adaptive insurgency, where the divisions between enemy and ally were ambiguous at best, and working with the local population was essential for day-to-day survival. From the lessons they learned during multiple tours of duty in Iraq, two American veterans have penned The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, an instructional parable of counterinsurgency that addresses the myriad of difficulties associated with war in the postmodern era. In this tactical primer based on the military classic The Defence of Duffer’s Drift, a young officer deployed for the first time in Iraq receives ground-level lessons about urban combat, communications technology, and high-powered weaponry in an environment where policy meets reality. Over the course of six dreams, the inexperienced soldier fights the same battle again and again, learning each time—the hard way—which false assumptions and misconceptions he needs to discard in order to help his men avoid being killed or captured. As the protagonist struggles with his missions and grapples with the consequences of his mistakes, he develops a keen understanding of counterinsurgency fundamentals and the potential pitfalls of working with the native population. Accompanied here by the original novella that inspired it, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa offers an invaluable resource for cadets and junior military leaders seeking to master counterinsurgency warfare—as well as general readers seeking a deeper understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as its predecessor has been a hallmark of military instruction, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa will draw the road map for counterinsurgency in the postmodern world. Visit a website for the book here: www.defenseofJAD.com

Right-turn-on-red: Technical report

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Right-turn-on-red: Technical report

Right-turn-on-red: Technical report

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  • Publisher: N.A
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Right-turn-on-red. Volume I: Final Technical Report

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Right-turn-on-red. Volume I: Final Technical Report

Right-turn-on-red. Volume I: Final Technical Report

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  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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NIGHT IN THE DOG’S HEAD

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NIGHT IN THE DOG’S HEAD

NIGHT IN THE DOG’S HEAD

A war we didn’t want to win

  • Author: Morris J. Brady
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 1467071196
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Night in the Dog’s Head is a historically-based novel of courage and sacrifice. American soldiers are committed to a war half-way around the world to preserve a nation from a takeover by a socialist tyrant. The policy that sent Americans to Asian battlefields was subsequently repudiated. For the next three years US Forces fought and died in a war their country no longer wanted to win. While American forces consistently won their battles and inflicted appalling casualties on their foe, a poorly informed and sensation-seeking media mislead the American public, conflicted politicians turned against the war, and the US submitted to a third-rate Asian nation. The novel is set in the political and military affairs of the time. It realistically presents the courage and dedication, the successes and the failures of the men who fought - not for principal, but to survive a war their nation didn’t want to win. Friend and foe alike are followed to reveal who they were, how and why they fought. It is a story of the Vietnam War the way it was. At the center is a single undermanned American battalion destined to face a numerically-superior enemy whose orders are to, “kill the Americans.” After more than 58,000 Americans were killed in action, US forces were withdrawn without a single concession from the enemy. The units cited are real; the incidents and characters have been contrived to suit the story.