3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that had not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War.
Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost.
This is a dramatic, and often moving, insight into the leadership of soldiers at the sharp end of war.
©2009 Colonel Stuart Tootal (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Good book read by wrong style narrator"
True story written by someone on the ground, he's someone who leads from the front and has been there and done it. I bought a paper copy due to the narration.
In book format yes. In audio book format, no.
I couldn't get into the book and I had to stop listening to it after a few chapters due to the narration.Simon Shepard is very clear in his reading but I’m sorry his voice just doesn't suit this type genre, he would more suited to something like hamlet, have a listen and you will get my point.When the book or any book describes rounds going off or comrades being killed and injured, some narrators put you right there, they have you on the edge of your seat. Listen to Apache by Ed Macy narrated Sam Hazeldine and you'll see what I mean, The story is great and the Narration is awesome.
After reading the book in paper format, it's a good book I enjoyed it. The audio book is let down by the narration. Although clear and well spoken (very posh accent) when you're describing combat you need some grit. if this was read by Sam Hazledine i would have given it full marks.
"Honest and accurate"
I was part of the battle group in 2006 and fought along some of the brave men mentioned and those not. I have seen first hand Col Stuart's hands on approach in battle and can testify that I have never read a book as honest and true to the accounts of that tour as this. I commend the book to anyone who wants to have a sense of those days in Helmand.
"A fantastic insight"
A fantastic insight into the world of commanding a British Army regiment. I am very proud of the professionalism and commitment of our troops. It is a shame they don't get the lasting support they deserve from our government. Maybe the best modern war book i have read
Reasonable account of brave men fighting like lions. Sadly pretty much murdered by the narration.
"wow we knew but now we really know"
you think you know what these amazing guys have been through for their country but then you listen to this brilliantly read epic true story
and you realise these courageous selfless heroes and so many other bands of brothers just don't get the credit they deserve
it's bloody ridiculous
I was truly moved by this book
detailed and without fluffing things out but reduced me to tears. Paras are undoubtedly the strength of the British army
"Puts it all together!"
This book patches together so many other books about the heavy days of Afghan. This book also mentions several other authors who have written about contacts.
The person reading the book is a great fit when you consider who had written the book.
"Worst Read Book EVER"
A different narration - Simon Shepherd obviously has no knowledge of what he is reading, he puts the wrong emphasis at the wrong points, and sounds like he is delivering a sermon rather than telling the story.Genuinely the worst book I have EVER listened to, spoilt by the Narrator totally.
Read by a person who has some Military acumen, and have been checked before release by Stuart Tootal, he would be horrified if he ever listened to this reading, spoilt the book totally I had to give up after chapter 3, I could listen no more. I couldn't get into the story due to the pathetic reading of it.
As previously said, very disappointing
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