DEAD MEN RISEN: The Welsh Guards

DEAD MEN RISEN: The Welsh Guards

TOBY HARNDEN    Book Number: 88180    Product format: Paperback

Winner of the Orwell Prize in 2012, here is the gripping story of the men of the Welsh Guards and their bloody battle for survival in Afghanistan in 2009. Under-equipped and overstretched, they found themselves in the most intense fighting, led into battle by Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, a passionate believer in the justness of the war who was deeply dismayed by the way it was being resourced and conducted. Thorneloe was killed by an IED during Operation Panther's Claw, the biggest operation mounted by the British in Helmand. The book draws on secret documents written by Thorneloe which raises questions that will unnerve politicians and generals alike. The Welsh Guards also lost Major Sean Birchall, Commanding Officer of IX Company, and Lieutenant Mark Evison, a platoon commander whose candid personal diary was unnervingly prophetic. We are transported to the heart of a conflict in which a soldier has to be prepared to kill and die, to ward off paralysing fear and watch comrades perish in agony. Hundreds of interviews were conducted in Afghanistan, England and Wales, and Harnden weaves in the experiences of the guardsmen and the loved ones they left behind alongside a piercing analysis of the political and military strategy. Honour and horror in a chilling read from the veteran foreign correspondent. A massive heavyweight paperback, 656pp with many colour photos.
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ISBN 9781849164238
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