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Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad
     

Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad

by Maj. Jason Conroy, Ron Martz
 

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Co-author Martz, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was embedded in Iraq with Charlie Company, part of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division. That's where he met Conroy, who commanded the company's tankers at the start of the Iraq War. The two tell what went right and what went wrong on the road to Baghdad, from the perspective of an armor unit that was

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Co-author Martz, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was embedded in Iraq with Charlie Company, part of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division. That's where he met Conroy, who commanded the company's tankers at the start of the Iraq War. The two tell what went right and what went wrong on the road to Baghdad, from the perspective of an armor unit that was in nearly continuous combat for four weeks. Conroy and his soldiers overcame supply shortages, intelligence, and miserable weather to battle into the city—a place, they had been told, where they'd never have to fight. They also offer insights into 21st century soldiers and 21st century warfare. Published by Potomac Books, formerly known as Brassey's Inc. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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". . . .a relevant and timely text, written in the tradition of Platoon Leader. For the armor community, especially company grade officers seeking to understand leadership lessons not taught in the classroom, this book is both compelling and insightful."

"Shows the war from the fighting soldier's point of view. . . . This is an excellent book with great insight into how a tank company gets the job done. It proves that despite all the training and technology, no plan ever survives contact with the enemy and soldiers have to succeed on their training and critical thinking. Heavy Metal is not too technical for the average reader and is a must read for anyone in the armor branch."

"It is a story from the commander’s perspective, how he prepared his company, what the company expected, how they fought, and what he thinks his unit accomplished. But more than a military report, it is a story of the humanity and endeavor of men fighting for a cause in which they believe. It is also a tale of young soldiers in battle and the proud story of a famous division once again on the leading edge of our national policy. . . . Heavy Metal is the new gold standard for the junior leader’s book. In it, you will find timeless principles and a realistic look at the future."

"Captain Jason Conroy and veteran combat reporter Ron Martz have produced a powerful story of courage and flexibility by America's armored soldiers at war in Iraq."

"Heavy Metal has all the elements of a successful novel--admirable heroes, terrific plot, exciting action, and valuable insights about motivation, dedication, and determination. What makes [it] so special is that it is rooted in reality and, for a nonfiction account, written in wonderfully engaging, escriptive prose."

"Heavy Metal is powerful storytelling that is a tribute to the American soldier."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574888560
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,353,708
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Martz writes on defense issues for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include Solitary Survivor: The First American POW in Southeast Asia (with Lawrence R. Bailey, Jr.; Brassey’s, Inc., 1995) and White Tigers: My Secret War in North Korea (with Ben Malcom; Brassey’s, Inc., 1996), which Publishers Weekly praised as "exciting reading." He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

Capt. Jason Conroy, USA, is now stationed with the Army’s Space and Missile Command in Huntsville, Alabama.

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