This is both a harrowing and a heroic account of the actions of American military fighting men on the deadliest day of the War in Iraq, March 23, 2003. On that day, 18 Marines and 11 Soldiers of the Army's 507th were killed in an attack along "Ambush Alley." The Marines died when their unit, the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, secured two vital bridges in the city of An Nasiriyah that allowed the 1st Marine Division to punch through, unhindered, on their way to Bagdad. If Bagdad was considered the jewel of the war, then An Nasiriyah was the key to the jewel room.
One account decribes five trips up and back through "Ambush Alley" by a group of Marines to rescue fellow stranded Marines in the city. The Marines also describe their horror of being attacked by a US Air Force A-10 that killed up to ten of their fellow Marines. The fighting around An Nasiriyah flared for weeks before the Iraqis were totally subdued. This account of the fighting is the compilation of stories told by the Marines who fought for the bridges.
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First, let me say that I was very eager to read this book having a good friend who fought in some of these battles and participated in the Jessica Lynch rescue mission. Second, I¿m trying to be as objectionable as possible, so here are my ¿opinions¿ and I¿m sure others will differ: The good ¿ very well researched, good interviews with veterans of the battles, and most certainly the most definitive account of the battles around An Nasiriyah. The bad ¿ the writing style of the author needs serious editing. The author tends to use too many adjectives and tends to wander in his sentencing. Paragraphs tend to be a bit disorganized in the topic that they are referring too. All minor points to the theme and content, but I found them to be very distracting to the feel and flow and of the book. I never found this book to be a ¿page turner¿. If a mainstream publisher and editor could touch up his work and polish some rough edges, it would probably be a national best seller.
great book in depth telling people what the marines and rest of the military put their lives on the line for ,and i was also interveiwed in the book