The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq [NOOK Book]

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Citizen soldiers have played a unique role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and their extended deployment and role in the wars battles have changed the towns, cities, and states they hail from as well. The Devil's Sandbox - a nickname for Iraq - is the story of the 2nd Battalion of Oregon's 162nd Infantry Regiment (2/162), and provides readers an intimate look at the reality of National Guardsmen at war. Follow the 2/162 from their call-up...
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The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq

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Overview

Citizen soldiers have played a unique role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and their extended deployment and role in the wars battles have changed the towns, cities, and states they hail from as well. The Devil's Sandbox - a nickname for Iraq - is the story of the 2nd Battalion of Oregon's 162nd Infantry Regiment (2/162), and provides readers an intimate look at the reality of National Guardsmen at war. Follow the 2/162 from their call-up in the summer of 2003 to their return home in the spring of 2005.

Witness some of the fiercest fighting of the Iraq War and some of the most rewarding and forward-looking civil affairs projects aimed at rebuilding the broken nation of Iraq. Read how the town in Oregon struggles to do without the people - the accountants, lawyers, mechanics, et. al. - who went to serve in the war.

The Devil's Sandbox offers a rare insight into what this war means for the citizen-soldier at home and abroad, and chronicles a battalion that earned the respect of the regular Army soldiers who fought alongside them in some of the toughest battles in the Iraq war.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Beside the fact that we absolutely love the book’s title, The Devil’s Sandbox strikes us as one of the more powerful unit histories from the Iraq War ... One thing's for sure, no one can ever refer to the men and women of the 2/126 as ‘weekend warriors’again.”
Military Book Club

“With a gritty flair for storytelling and blunt style, this work is not just another story about the Iraq War … More than a war story about an infantry battalion, The Devil’s Sandbox represents an intimate reality for thousands of Army National Guard soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan … Bruning does not neglect the sacrifices and bravery families and friends of the deployed soldiers exhibited during the deployment. He explains the hardships and stress on those that remained at home as their loved ones went to war … John Bruning’s work is the best book written about the Army National Guard since 11 September 2001 … The nation’s citizen-soldiers have been an integral part in the War on Terror, and their sacrifice, as well as their families’, is vividly brought to life in this new work.”
On Point: The Journal of Army History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616737542
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 261,468
  • File size: 30 MB
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Meet the Author

John R. Bruning has been a professional military historian and writer since 1990. He is the author of Crimson Sky: the Air Battle for Korea; Jungle Ace; Elusive Glory; Ship Strike Pacific; Luck of the Draw; and The Devil’s Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq. He served as an embedded civilian historian with the 2-162 Infantry during Operation Southern Comfort, the post-Hurricane Katrina relief operation in New Orleans. Bruning also has numerous articles, documentaries, multi-media CD-Rom programs, flight simulators and museum displays to his credit. He lives in Independence, Oregon, the heart of 2-162 country.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Bonds

  1. July 2003
  2. Synergy
  3. Manpower Plus Bruns
  4. The First Good-byes
  5. Texas
  6. Light Infantry on Wheels
  7. Strains of Command
  8. Finishing School
  9. One More Last Good-bye

Part II. Road Warriors

  1. The Cardboard Coffins
  2. Muslim Brownshirts
  3. The Elephants
  4. The Jed Clampetts Go to War
  5. Serial Five
  6. Waiting: The Other Agony
  7. First Days of Work
  8. The 91st Psalm
  9. The Rockets of Taji
  10. The Fine Art of Command

Part III. Contact

  1. Right Seat into RPGs
  2. Dumped in Baghdad
  3. A Glimpse of What Could Be
  4. Operation Oscar
  5. The Edge of Sadr City
  6. The First Heroes
  7. Sixty Years of Shattered Peace
  8. Toby Keith Interlude
  9. Justice: Swift and Righteous
  10. The Images at Home
  11. The One Who Had to Die
  12. Aftermath
  13. Shaykh Majeid
  14. Trolling for Terrorists
  15. The Knee-high Sniper
  16. Command Decision
  17. The Gray-haired Mystery Man
  18. The Hell Hounds’ Last Ride

Part IV. The Al Sadr Smackdown

  1. Moqtada Reprise
  2. The Charge of the Modoc Warrior
  3. The Battle for Jamelia Power Station
  4. The Fight on the Perimeter
  5. Kilometer-long Kill Zone
  6. The Face of the Enemy
  7. The Private War of Sergeant Hellman
  8. Zonr 22 Rodeos
  9. Budweiser Bridge

Part V. The Battle of Najaf

  1. The Cover of Stars and Stripes
  2. Captain Glass’ Finest Hour
  3. Kris Haney’s Chunk ofHistory
  4. Zero to Crusty in No Time Flat
  5. Five Thousand New Martyrs
  6. The Day of Donkey Death
  7. The Apache Hilton
  8. Eldred’s Fist of God
  9. The Tuttle Chapter
  10. 18th and Christies
  11. Of Bras and Wedding Gowns
  12. The Piranha Kittens
  13. The Deal

Part VI. The Last Heroes

  1. Where Do the Wounded Go?
  2. Through Hardships . . . to Things of Honor
  3. Mushada Market
  4. Fallujah
  5. The Woman on the Roof
  6. The Ink-stained Finger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    War is Hell - and business is Good!

    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 favor

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Lost For Words

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, at War in Iraq

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, at War in Iraq

    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.

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