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An Ordinary Soldier: Afghanistan - A Ferocious Enemy, a Bloody Conflict, One Man's Impossible Mission. Doug Beattie with Philip Gomm

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
An outstandingly written, first-person account of a decorated British soldier's experience of fighting Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2008)
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Roger Burk
Jan 09, 2014 Roger Burk rated it really liked it
This is the memoire of a soldier from the Royal Irish Regiment assigned to advise the Afghan National Police in a 12-day battle to recover a small town from the Taliban in 2006. "Advise" is too weak a term--it often meant showing them how it is done, going in and clearing rooms, killing the enemy within with pistol, rifle, bayonet, and grenade. They were frequently exposed to heavy fire, but fortunately it seems that the Taliban learned marksmanship from Imperial Storm Troopers--bullets zinged a ...more
Lee Garner
Dec 02, 2014 Lee Garner rated it it was amazing
This book was a triumph in my eyes. Doug Beattie opens this book up with some gruesome lines very descriptive but written well and written with fear! Fear I have not yet come across in other books in this subject (no doubt I will read it in others). During combat Doug Beattie admits he was scared though sometime not actually being able to think about fear in the middle of battle, between the lulls his mind wonders back to the what if’s. Most definitely the questions you wouldn’t want to torture ...more
Oceana2602
Mar 31, 2011 Oceana2602 rated it it was amazing
Doug Beattie won me over from the very first moment with his smart and honest Preface, in which he not only tells us that he originally wrote this book for himself and his family (in other words, he couldn't care less what we all think), but with the same breath welcomes us to criticise him and his book, because "it was my choice to open up my life to scrutiny."

Oh, Mr. Beattie, who are you and where have you been these past decades? Don't you know that in the age of the internet, where marriages
...more
Nick Brett
Sep 13, 2013 Nick Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this on a number of different levels, the author's early years and joining the Irish Rangers and a soldier's perspective of Col. Tim Collins (read "Rules of Engagement" for a brilliant view of military leadership). And then the author ends up in a village that nobody has heard of fighting the Taliban, supported by the Afgan Army and Police. You sense this is typical, fighting to claim territory in places that nobody outside the region wil ever hear of. The politics and challenges of work ...more
Haddon
Sep 23, 2012 Haddon rated it it was amazing
After watching Doug Beattie fighting the Taliban on panorama when I was 11 I bought his book and a late this year I spoke to him on twitter. Doug wrote his book because he couldn't talk to anyone about what he'd done, he didn't feel comfortable about telling his wife what happened so he put his thoughts to paper. His book is a real insight into a modern officer’s life on the battlefield, fighting a formidable enemy that is well prepared and well trained. It really is a bloody conflict, and one t ...more
Craig
Jan 31, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: war-non-fiction
This is one of the best books written on the conflict in Afghanistan. It gave me much better understanding of the war on the ground.
Lenny
Nov 14, 2010 Lenny rated it it was amazing
Written by a local man, i found it very interesting of a soldiers account of the war in Afghanistan.
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