Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander
Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History
This gripping journal of a company commander who served in some of the most dangerous areas of post-Hussein Iraq from 2003 to early 2004 discusses tactics, techniques, and procedures as they evolved in the struggle to maintain order and rebuild the country. The journal also describes the tension between combat operations and nation building. It vividly captures the stresses of combat and the corresponding emotions that accumulate over time in a combat outfit. The journal entries reinforce the ideal of camaraderie among soldiers and deals with the emotional impact of losing friends in battle. Understanding these intangible aspects of the combat experience could prove invaluable to those who courageously serve our nation and will continue to endure them in this and future conflicts.
2007: 296 p.; ill.