Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad

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This is the 'Band of Brothers' story of the American soldiers ordered to topple Saddam Hussein - told by the British reporter sent to share their lives, hopes and fears. The things they did and saw on that deadly trek into the heart of the Iraqi state would change them all for ever.

The American tank company known as the 'Black Knights' were among the first units of the US 3rd Infantry Division to see combat. Twelve hours after entering Iraq, they helped seize a major airfield. ...

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This is the 'Band of Brothers' story of the American soldiers ordered to topple Saddam Hussein - told by the British reporter sent to share their lives, hopes and fears. The things they did and saw on that deadly trek into the heart of the Iraqi state would change them all for ever.

The American tank company known as the 'Black Knights' were among the first units of the US 3rd Infantry Division to see combat. Twelve hours after entering Iraq, they helped seize a major airfield. Eight hundred miles and almost month later, they led the American army as it advanced into the outskirts of Baghdad, through positions held by thousands of Republican Guards. By the time the first statues of Saddam were toppled, the soldiers had been through a terrifying baptism of fire - and had inflicted terrible casualties on the Iraqis.

How did the troops - many of them under, the age of twenty, most of whom had never left the US before - cope with fear and injury? How did they react to the killing? How were they changed by war? What, finally; was the impact on the people of Baghdad and their families back home?

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A frontline memoir by Daily Telegraph correspondent Poole, the sole UK journalist to be embedded with American forces in the Iraq campaign. Being British bought Poole plenty of love, he recalls, and even if some of the troopers who served in the armored infantry unit called the Black Knights seemed to think his accent funny and his skills as a touch typist just short of magic, most appreciated the support that Tony Blair's government was affording them. Says one tough sergeant, "It could feel lonely out in this desert if you Brits weren't here with us." The British soldiers he encounters during the invasion of Iraq take a different view, complaining that the fight is America's and that British boys should not be dying in the desert to satisfy George Bush's grudges. Many Americans Poole interviews agree-one tells him, "I have no beef with the Iraqis. This is Bush's war. . . . It's all for political reasons"-but most seem convinced not only of the righteousness of their cause, but also of the self-evident nature of the proposition that the world is America's to rule. Whether pro or con, one surprise is to find that American grunts were comparing the war in Iraq to Vietnam the minute it started; Ted Kennedy is far from alone in making the analogy. One soldier worries-and this is in 2003-that the antiwar movement was rapidly growing: "What if this is like Vietnam," he asks, "where we go back and they throw rocks at us?" Another, crossing into Iraq, says glumly, "I sure hope we haven't just walked straight into a new Vietnam." Such sentiments, it would seem, fly in the face of the brass's efforts to uproot the "Vietnam syndrome," but that news apparently hasn't reached the dogfaces, ready tobelieve every rumor (that J.Lo. has been killed in a car wreck, that Jessica Lynch is being gang-raped by Republican Guards) and to kill everything that moves before them. A worthy companion to Rick Atkinson's outstanding In the Company of Soldiers (p. 115). Agent: James Gill/PFD
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  • ISBN-13: 9781906702182
  • Publisher: Reportage Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Brigadier Richard Holmes is a noted military historian and television personality. A former Aide de Champ to the Queen he is the author of over a dozen books. Holmes was educated at the University of Cambridge, as well as Northern Illinois University and the University of Reading. In 1964, he enlisted in the Territorial Army, the part-time volunteer reserve of

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Introduction Richard Holmes Holmes, Richard

1 'You're Fucking Dead' 1

2 'You Will All Be Heroes' 31

3 Objective Liberty 63

4 A Kool-Aid Sky 99

5 'There Goes Freedom' 128

6 England 2, Turkey 0 161

7 Saints and Sinners 185

8 City of War 220

9 Dog-Faced Soldier 247

Afterword 281

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