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"“A vivid rifle-sight’s view of the war, and probably the best battlefield account yet of the British in Afghanistan... His book is full of memorable detail: the pizza-oven heat in armoured vehicles; the Afghan security man insulting the manhood of the Taliban over a megaphone during a firefight; the tenderness of fighting men recovering dead comrades in the midst of battle.”
- The Economist

"An extraordinarily vivid account of modern war... Kiley expresses sentiments that most civilians find incomprehensible. He asserts that almost every British soldier in Afghanistan regards the war as unwinnable ... But still the soldiers go out to do the business because, says Kiley, they relish the greatest adventure on earth. I would nuance his remarks a little: many men happy to serve in Helmand once, even twice, leave the army rather than repeatedly face such perils.”
- Max Hastings in the Sunday Times (UK) review:

"His mates watch, and giggle, when tracer bullets from Spongebob's machine gun rip through a Taleban fighter. A wounded colonel high on morphine mistakes a helicopter for a train. Young men and teenagers fight the toughest battles for fifty years. Then play like puppies in the sand of their isolated bases, cooling off in paddling pools. Almost no one out there understands why Britain is at war in Helmand. They would not have missed it. Sam Kiley joined 16 Air Assault Brigade and got unrestricted access to the front line for a full six month tour of duty..."

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Hardback 2009.

264 pages + photographs.

New condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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