By Peter R. Mansoor
This compelling e-book offers an extraordinary checklist of what occurred after U.S. forces seized Baghdad within the spring of 2003. military Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the first Brigade, 1st Armored Division—the “Ready First strive against Team”—describes his brigade’s first 12 months in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer time after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the move of sovereignty to an meantime Iraqi govt a yr later. Uniquely located to monitor, list, and determine the occasions of that fateful 12 months, Mansoor now explains what went correct and flawed because the U.S. army faced an insurgency of unforeseen energy and tenacity.
Drawing not just on his personal day-by-day wrestle magazine but additionally on observations by way of embedded journalists, information stories, wrestle logs, archived e-mails, and plenty of different assets, Mansoor bargains a latest list of the valor, motivations, and unravel of the first Brigade and its attachments in the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom. but this ebook has a deeper value than a private memoir or unit background. Baghdad at Sunrise presents an in depth, nuanced research of U.S. counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, and in addition to it significantly vital classes for America’s army and political leaders of the twenty-first century.
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Extra info for Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale Library of Military History)
Eight M1A1 Abrams tanks and a company of combat engineers mounted in M113 armored personnel carriers, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Garry Bishop, moved from Baghdad Island across the Tigris River and south through the nearby district of Kadhimiyah, and then recrossed the river and maneuvered into Adhamiya from the west along Omar Street. Ten more tanks and four M2A2ODS Bradley infantry ﬁghting vehicles carrying a platoon of infantry, under the control of Major Paul Kreis, moved up 20th Street from the south.
When I’m asked why I joined the military, my usual response is that I watched too many John Wayne movies as a kid. I was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, but moved with my family to California when I was six years old. I had a normal childhood growing up in the suburbs of Sacramento. My friends and I spent a lot of time outdoors—touch football, hide-and-seek, and exploring the local creek were our favorite activities. Inside the house I played with GI Joe ﬁgurines and model ships. Ours was not a military household, however.
T 1 2 Prologue The team of soldiers established their observation post (op) and began to scan the neighborhood with night-vision devices. In the phosphorescent screens of the light-amplifying goggles, the area appeared muted in shades of green and black. The streets around the building seemed tranquil, but the stillness was deceiving. The team could hear the sounds of explosions in the neighborhood. No one expected the calm in the immediate vicinity to last. It didn’t. The American soldiers were not alone.
Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale Library of Military History) by Peter R. Mansoor