Stryker: The Siege of Sadr City

Stryker: The Siege of Sadr City

by Konrad Ludwig


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Stryker: The Siege of Sadr City by Konrad Ludwig

In the spring of 2008, Coalition troops responded in-force to what quickly became one of the largest, bloodiest and most influential battles of the Iraq War. For nearly three months, American and Iraqi troops fought for control over the most dangerous urban district of Baghdad, against the ruthless insurgent militia of the Jaish al-Mahdi - a struggle that would change the face of the entire war.

Sgt Ludwig's gripping narrative offers and unfiltered view of the Final Battle of Sadr City, as seen through his eyes from behind the wrath of a machine gun. Still a young idealistic boy, he enlists with a high-impact urban assault Stryker unit known as "Bull Company" and comes face-to-face with his own oblivion. Up against the full might of the Jaish al-Mahdi, they embark on a one-way mission deep behind enemy lines, to capture a well-guarded militia stronghold and defend their ground "for as long as it takes."

This is the story of what really happened in the late years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The story our media neglected to tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985339807
Publisher: Roland-Kjos.LLC
Publication date: 07/01/1912
Pages: 446
Sales rank: 466,657
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

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peggiemac More than 1 year ago
As a Mom whose son served in Sadr City during this time, I wanted tl better understand the events that took place. Although Konrad's dedication states "This is not intended for Mothers", we may be the ones who need to read it the most
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping.  I laughed.  I cried.  An exceptional view of a story that is difficult to tell.  As the book states..."This book is not for mothers."
Darkhorse111 More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an incredible read. Most of us think we know what war is all about but unless we've been through it, we have no clue what our Military on the front lines sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted every day. I laughed and I cried while reading about the Siege of Sadr City through the author's eyes. It inspires me to do more for our Warriors that put their lives on the line for us. I want to thank the Sgt. Ludwig for writing this book; you are a true Hero and may God Bless You for your service.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very raw and first hand account. The reader gets the feeling they're walking into Sadr City through Konrad's eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Favorite Iraq War book I've read. Great mixture of storytelling and history. The author is very easy to relate to, even as someone with no military experience. He does a great job of showing how his experiences at war changed him from a 17 year old boy into a warrior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping story.  Was extremely hard to put down, which only happened when I absolutely needed.  The story brings you through nearly ever single human emotion that is available.  Excellent book, recommend it to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides amazing insight into the lives of the men in our U.S. Infantry. I couldn't help laughing, crying, and being completely dumbfounded by the situations that these soldiers persevere through.This is the story that our soldiers keep inside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is intense, visceral, compelling. For anyone wanting to know what guys went through over there without the filter and agenda of news media or politicians, start with this book. Ludwig's assessment is unvarnished  and sobering. He aims a sharp lens at his enemies, his comrades and superiors, and in the most revealing sometimes frightening ways, at himself. It may be, as the author notes in his dedication, that this book is "not for mothers". But I can say that as the father of one who serves, I highly recommend it. People should read this book to know what it is we ask of these young men and women.
davelikesfish More than 1 year ago
For anyone who wants to here the true story of what it was like to be there.