Between the Rivers: Combat Action in Iraq, 2003-2005 by Jr. Thomas A. Bruscino, Matt M. Matthews |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Between the Rivers: Combat Action in Iraq, 2003-2005

Between the Rivers: Combat Action in Iraq, 2003-2005

by Jr. Thomas A. Bruscino, Matt M. Matthews
     
 
Making history useful to the reader - this is one of the missions of the Combat Studies Institute. We strive to produce works that recount historical events to inform decision makers and to enable experiential learning. This collection of events put together by John McGrath, which occurred in Iraq during the 2003-2005 timeframe, addresses that mission. The authors

Overview

Making history useful to the reader - this is one of the missions of the Combat Studies Institute. We strive to produce works that recount historical events to inform decision makers and to enable experiential learning. This collection of events put together by John McGrath, which occurred in Iraq during the 2003-2005 timeframe, addresses that mission. The authors largely used primary source material - interviews and unit histories - to develop these vignettes and in doing so have made the works relatable not only to Soldiers who experienced similar situations but to any reader who can imagine themselves having to function in these types of situations. We honor those involved in these actions and hope that by recounting their stories others may not only recognize them for their service but may also learn and grow from their experience. This work is the continuation and revision of a project started in 2006 with the publication of "In Contact!" by the Combat Studies Institute. The original concept was to present a series of military vignettes in a style similar to the widely used case-study methodology commonly found in military literature. The final version of "Between the Rivers," instead of following this strict case-study format, presents combat action vignettes as narrative accounts of the various types of actions challenging combat leaders in Iraq in 2003-2005. The present volume lies directly within the tradition of these predecessor works on small-unit actions. Since the fall of2001, the United States Army, along with the other American armed services, has been engaged in military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because the current conflict has so many different fronts and facets, no handful of small- unit case studies could do justice to such a complex tapestry of events. This book thus represents a volume that showcases the American soldier in combat operations within the context of the Global War on Terrorism/The Long War. This series of five case studies is drawn from events in Iraq. Four of the studies discuss combat operations within a counterinsurgency framework at the company and battalion levels. The final case study presents a deployment dilemma facing a brigade-level task force commander when he was asked to replace a whole division in the same geographical space. In each case, the story is derived from oral interviews and key documents and is fully annotated. The primary purpose for presenting these vignettes is to provide a vicarious education in what future participants will face as the War on Terrorism continues and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494437930
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/10/2013
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Bruscino, Jr., worked at the US Army Center of Military History in Washington, DC, before joining the Combat Studies Institute in 2005. He is an assistant professor in the US Army's School of Advanced Military Studies, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. Dr. Bruscino earned his BA in history from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, in 1999, his MA in American history from Ohio University in 2002, and his Ph.D. in American military history in 2005. He is the author of several CSI works and his articles and review essays have appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, Journal of Americas Past, San Luis Valley Historian, and Reviews in American History. His book, A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along, was published in 2010 by the University of Tennessee Press. He was also co-general editor of Population-Centric Counterinsurgency: A False Idol? Three Monographs from the School of Advanced Military Studies, published by CSI Press in 2011.

Matt M. Matthews joined the US Army Combat Studies Institute in July 2005 after working for 16 years as a member of the Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth. Mr. Matthews graduated from Kansas State University in 1986 with a BS in History. After serving on active duty in the Army as an enlisted man from 1977 to 1981, he served as an officer in the Army Reserve and Kansas Army National Guard from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Matthews has co-authored numerous scholarly articles on the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi and has written several CSI publications, including The Posse Comitatus Act and the United States Army: A Historical Perspective; Operation AL FAJR: A Study in Army and Marine Joint Operations; The US Army on the Mexican Border: A Historical Perspective; We Were Caught Unprepared: The 2006 Hezbollah War; and An Ever Present Danger: A Concise History of British Military Operations on the North-West Frontier, 1849-1947. His has also contributed studies for Vanguard of Valor: Small Unit Actions in Afghanistan, Volumes I and II.

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