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Posted January 9, 2007
American civilians do not realize what our troops faced in the early days of our deployment in Iraq. These soldiers were not provided with the proper protection, ammunition or supplies. This book is a great eye-opener for us - to see first hand what we did not hear about and to try to experience combat with the soldiers of the 2/162nd Infantry - the Oregon National Guard who were not originally deployed to fight - but support. We really did not do a good job planning or supporting our troops in the beginning and now this is proof that they need our support even more!!! There is a section that tells about these soldiers coming across the Ministry of the Interior compound where the Iraqis were torturing prisoners. Our soldiers tried to do the right thing but were told by Central Command to walk away and leave them. I was brought to tears reading how one officer, Capt. Southall, was literally dragged back to his vehicle because he did not want to leave these 'religious prisoners' to be further tortured by the Iraqi captures. If you want to know the horror and inhumanity of war - you need to buy this book!
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Posted March 2, 2014
I served with the 1-162INF and this book remains one of my favorite reads to capture what it was like over there. Well written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2006
As a National Guard soldier reading this book I am just left in awe. I am glad that John Bruning wrote it, because the American public neededs to be given more facts about the war other then what they watch on the television. The book also hits closer to home as one of my relatives is currently serving in the same place as the 2nd Battalion. I highly recommend this book to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2006
Americans filming Americans dying while with insurgents. American news corporations profiting from photos taken by their own journalists who turn out to be working for the Shia insurgency--this is simply outrageous. Bruning's book highlights the behavior of American and British media in Iraq and shows that they not only have a bias, but have been penetrated by the other side. Buy this book if you want to know how news is really gathered in Iraq.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2006
A poignant story of one National Guard battalion as it fought the Battles of Najaf and Fallujah, the Devil's Sandbox also takes a hard look at how the Western media relies on local nationals to get the stories in Iraq. These local nationals quite possibly serve as insurgent operatives and frequently embed with the Mahdi Militia and other anti-American groups so they can photograph ambushes on Coalition forces. In June 2004, three of these photojournalists embedded with a cell in Sadr City that killed five Americans in one ambush. The photos and film they took of these Americans dying ended up in newspapers and on TV networks around the world. Bruning details this event, and others, that raise serious questions about how the media gathers the news in Iraq. The Devil's Sandbox is a fine piece of research and humanizes the men and families of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd as they struggled to endure their time in Iraq.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.