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The true story of the bloodiest battle in the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.

It began on March 23, 2003, a clear, sunny Sunday morning in the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, where members of the 507th Maintenance Company had become hopelessly lost on their trek through the desert. The enemy ambushed the 507th at first light, killing and wounding twenty-one soldiers and taking ...
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Overview

The true story of the bloodiest battle in the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.

It began on March 23, 2003, a clear, sunny Sunday morning in the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, where members of the 507th Maintenance Company had become hopelessly lost on their trek through the desert. The enemy ambushed the 507th at first light, killing and wounding twenty-one soldiers and taking six prisoners, including the now-famous Private Jessica Lynch. By nightfall, 18 Marines had given their lives in what would become the battle for An Nasiriyah.

For the next week, An Nasiriyah was rocked with gun and mortar fire, as the Marines of Task Force Tarawa fought to wrest control of the city from Saddam's fanatical followers.

This is the story of the battle for "The Nas," as seen through the eyes of the soldiers, sailors, Marines, and newsmen who made it through those terrible seven days, and would never forget what they experienced, what they learned-or those they lost in the name of freedom.
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This account of "the bloodiest battle in the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein" in An Nasiriyah announces its overblown style in the first lines: "This is a story of heroism and sacrifice-of life and death. This is a story of today's Marine Corps." According to Lowry (The Gulf War Chronicles), the Marines and Special Forces "snatched victory from the jaws of defeat" and rescued Private Jessica Lynch through compassionate heroism, despite the loss of 34 Americans, nearly half of whom died through accidents and friendly fire. An essential target in the first days of the Iraq war, An Nasiriyah held two bridges over the Euphrates. Fighting inside the city was not part of the plan, but became inevitable when communications faltered and after Lynch's supply unit blundered into Iraqi positions. With admirable courage, U.S. forces fought through the streets, captured the bridges and rescued Lynch. Lowry's nuts-and-bolts description of the fight represents his strongest writing. Following the genre's convention of portraying individual soldiers, Lowry includes virtually everyone he interviewed; there are dozens of names, always followed by a flattering sketch (alternately "tough, yet fair" or "fair yet strict"). As additional evidence that these soldiers are America's finest, he quotes their patriotic statements, affectionate letters to their children, and their spouses' always favorable opinions. It took immense research to produce such detail, but Lowry's gushing account may not extend far beyond the Marines involved and their families. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425209882
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard S. Lowry is an internationally recognized military historian and author of The Gulf War Chronicles. He has also been published in Military Magazine and Marine Corps Gazette.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Everyday Americans 1
Ch. 2 Headed out 15
Ch. 3 Kuwait 45
Ch. 4 Lightning! lightning! lightning! 80
Ch. 5 Sea of sand 100
Ch. 6 Ambush Alley 124
Ch. 7 Bloody Sunday 155
Ch. 8 The Euphrates River 174
Ch. 9 North of the canal 204
Ch. 10 The gauntlet 242
Ch. 11 America's battalion 283
Ch. 12 The Betio bastards 314
Ch. 13 Blue-on-blue 332
Ch. 14 Phase IV 354
Ch. 15 Freedom 371
App. A American casualties 389
App. B Task force Tarawa order of battle 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2006

    Marine Corps Spirit

    Richard, as the first Marine to go all the way through Ambush Alley and the Marine who is on the front cover of this book, I thank you for finally getting our story so perfectly accurate right down to the smallest detail. You have included all aspects of this fight from Private to General and shown how every Marines battle was different, yet all had one common goal to accomplish the mission no matter what the cost. I know that it has taken you a few painstaking years now to research and write this book. There have been other authors who have tried to tell our story, but have fallen short. Thank you for taking your time and not trying to be the first to make a buck off of someone else's misery. This story that you have told shows the world what U.S. Marines are about and how we will always prevail no matter how bad the situation is and what the odds are. Every Marine from Private through General knows that the people of the United States depends on them to do their jobs no matter what the cost. These Marines will sacrifice their lives to make sure their brothers survive to complete the mission so the people of the United States are safe and that the American way of life is preserved. Again, thank you Mr. Lowry for telling our story and the story of the Marine Corps spirit. The spirit is alive and strong. Every Marine that gives his life for our country makes the spirit stronger. That spirit is in every Marine past and present and getting stronger every day. That is why we will never fail. Always Faithful SSgt William Schaefer 1/2 Cco

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    A must read for ALL Americans

    Absolutely excellent!! As the father of a Charlie Co. 1/2 Marine who was there (and is in the book) I can say that this is the most well-written, extensively researched and comprehensive account of the Battle of Nasiriyah that I have read (and I've read them all). All of the previous writings were replete with factual errors, and were obviously written with the purpose of going to print as soon as possible, rather than accuracy. I can personally attest to the lengths Mr. Lowry went to verify his information and to his desire to include the view from command on down to the grunt. I know that his overwhelming desire was to see that America NEVER forgets the sacrifices of our brave Marines, soldiers and sailors. Thank you, Richard, for an excellent job!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Another page....

    Richard Lowry has penned another important page in the history of the Corps. As one of the many Marines that took part in the Battle of An Nasiriyah I have read every book to date about the battle. Marines in the Garden of Eden is without a doubt the most accurate account of those seven days. Many questions about the battle have been answered for me. I couldn't put it down. I had to go out and buy my wife her own copy, working on reading it for the third time. Richard, Thank you for telling our story. Semper Fidelis

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