Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad

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"During the Iraq War, Capt. Jason Conroy commanded the tankers of Charlie Company. Charlie Company was part of Task Force 1-64 of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, an element of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Equipped with mammoth M1A1 Abrams tanks, Conroy's company was at the tip of the U.S. Army's spear and one of the first elements into Baghdad." "Veteran journalist Ron Martz was embedded in Charlie Company. Together, from the unique perspective of an armor unit that was in nearly continuous combat for four straight weeks, Conroy and
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Overview

"During the Iraq War, Capt. Jason Conroy commanded the tankers of Charlie Company. Charlie Company was part of Task Force 1-64 of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, an element of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Equipped with mammoth M1A1 Abrams tanks, Conroy's company was at the tip of the U.S. Army's spear and one of the first elements into Baghdad." "Veteran journalist Ron Martz was embedded in Charlie Company. Together, from the unique perspective of an armor unit that was in nearly continuous combat for four straight weeks, Conroy and coauthor Martz tell the unvarnished story of what went right in Iraq - and what went deadly wrong. Conroy and his soldiers were able to overcome supply shortages, intelligence failures, and miserable weather to battle their way into downtown Baghdad, a place where they had been told they would never have to fight. Heavy Metal evaluates the Army's performance, including its use of tactics for which the soldiers had never trained." Through the personal stories of the young troopers of Charlie Company - who experienced a very different war from what was seen back home on TV - Heavy Metal tells us much about the qualities of today's American soldier, about twenty-first-century desert and urban warfare, and about how the Army should prepare to fight. Not simply a day-to-day memoir, it teaches vital lessons for future combat.
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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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574888560
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/31/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 826,437
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface

1. Point Blank: The Battle for Mahmudiyah
2. Rock of the Marne
3. The Making of Charlie Company
4. Operation Desert Spring
5. The Wait in Kuwait
6. Heavy Metal and Rock & Roll
7. Sand and Fury
8. Cobras Lead the Way
9. The Night It Rained Mud
10. The Battle for Najaf
11. Checkpoint Charlie
12. The Road to Baghdad
13. Thunder Run I
14. Sorting Things Out
15. Thunder Run II
16. Rooting out the Remnants
17. Baghdad Bedlam and Other National Treasures
18. Beyond Baghdad
19. Epilogue
Appendix: Charlie Company Roster and Vehicle Assignments
Glossary
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    The Real Deal

    My company commander, CPT Jason Conroy, and our embedded reporter Ron Martz have put together an outstanding narrative of the Iraq War from the point of view of the soldier. This is so much more interesting to me than another book written by some general. If you want to know what it was really like serving as a tanker in combat, read this book. I was one of the Cobras during the war and this book really tells it like it happened. A great read!

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