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Team Yankee by Harold Coyle
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Jun 16, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: military-fiction

Team Yankee is a speculative fiction novel written in 1987 by Harold Coyle, then a major in the United States Army, whose subject is the actions of a company-sized armor unit of the United States Army in the World War III scenario as depicted by General Sir John Hackett in his novel, The Third World War. General Hackett's scenario takes place in 1985; Coyle never specifies the year, but it is assumed to take place in the late 1980s.

Coyle paints a realistic, gritty and non-patronizing portrait of both American and Russian tank men and soldiers. I especially liked the way he built the story around Hackett's own speculative fictional account of the Third World War, refusing to engage the reader with too much information of the global perspective of the conflict but rather zooms in to the boos on the ground -- or more aptly, the treads on the mud. I've been rereading this book often, much to my poor paperback's chagrin. Maybe its time to buy the hardback -- the story is sure worth it!
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