[E–pub Free] (Company Commander) by Russell Lewis
Rally Administered Tribal Areas FATA and Baluchistanmainly in Pakistan But that is another political storyAll Major Russ Lewis and his men could do was fulfil the mission they had been given and this I should say surprised me background I was an fficer in the Royal Engineers in the 1970s B Company s mission as given to Major Lewis by his CO was todefend the immediate area around FOB Forward Operating Base Inkerman and interdict enemy forces in the north and south in Satire order to protect the reconstruction and development zone within Sangin Dissecting this mission is another debate but how would B Company know when this mission was achievedThe book is basedn Russ s diary and I have immense admiration for someone who managed to write a diary in those conditions and under such mental and physical pressure The problem with a diary based narrative can be that you can get clich ridden prose but apart from the Deflower the Boss oft repeated he the CO seemsn good form I wanted much information than that but perhaps he is being discrete the author avoids too many well worn military phras A good read for anyone interested in military and war It is an honest and sometimes plain account Hebrew magic amulets of Russell s time in theatre I think this was a very interesting book seeing it isne f the few books about the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan I would definetly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the British Army even the slightest bit This book really stands ut from the usual fair Being There of books being written about the Stan For a start it is actually a diaryr journal written in first person by the author This gives the book a feel هذه بلادنا: الجواء of small snappy chunksf text rather than lengthy chapters which make you feel that you can just read about Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom one day before putting it down Which given the subject matter is a good thing Russ Lewis has delivered a book fullf thoughts and bservations which are refreshing as they are thought provoking The book is light n superlative descriptions f combat which ther books deliver in spades instead it provides the depth needed to understand the issues faced when you are in a position Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of command in an environment as unforgiving as Afghanistan Many entries are nothing than washed clothes read a book chatted to the lads typef thing but rather than E 200 soldiers depending n you constantly to make decisions which can and do cost lives to see men under your command killed and injured and to be under the most intense pressure imaginable for every minute f every day for six long months Based n the journal Maj Lewis kept during the tour this book takes the reader from the excitement f the beginning f a tour to the adrenalin f the first contact through the devastating losses The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD of his soldiers and the struggle to keep himself at the highest levelf performance for the.
A day by day account f a 6 month tour in Afghanistan as Company Commander B Company 2 PARA It s very interesting but it s really day by day as a diary and could be boring I served 3 years later in Afghanistan and I found it very deep and it gives you the feeling f being there Recomended as a profesional reading for army fficers This was a well written account f the life f a detached company from 2Para during their tour f Afghanistan Based at FOB Inkerman they are constantly Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse on the frontlinehe takes us through theperation in journal style starting from the uiet period during the harvest as they settle in through full Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations on war with set piece company uick attacks and then the cool down towards the endf their deployment as winter approachesOf interest is the myriad f demands n his time dealing with the physical state f the FOB during a DV utbreak being key and also the numerous support assets he gets to play withThere are some annoying aspects most particularly his references to NLP and his warrior meditations All in however this is a thoroughly good book dealing with the key level The Stringbean Murders of command He deals both with direction from above whilst being free to make hiswn plans true mission command in action Considered a classic report from the frontlines and it s a good read but uite matter أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of fact devoidf much emotionIt could probably have been fleshed Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, out considerably buth well still an interesting read This is an intensely honest and fascinating account The Sporty Game of a six month infantry tour in Helmand in Summer 2008 It is particularly poignant because the British Government had no clear mission in Afghanistan and much has been written and debated about it then and sinceTo put B Company 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment s supreme efforts in context General David D McKiernan Commanderf the International Security Assistance Force ISAF said in 2009 The NATO mission in Afghanistan reuires a full commitment by those with the capabilities and capacity to fight an elusive enemy in a very challenging terrain Regrettably ISAF continues to lack sufficient forces and enabling capabilities in several key areasOne American Yakuza II of the real problems was that the real command training and logisticsf the Taliban was undertaken from the Northwest Frontier Provinces NWFP Fede. In 2008 Major Russell Lewis commanded a company Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders of 200 soldiers from the British Army's legendary Parachute Regimentn a six month tour in the most dangerous part Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of Afghanistan Living in a remote base and under constant threatf attack from all sides by the Taliban they were Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing on red alert 24 hours a day seven days a week for everyne Blood Love of those six months And through that entire period the man in sole charge was Maj Lewis Here is his story a riveting first person accountf incredible bravery telling what it is like to hav.
Eing dull this in fact helps us understand the frustrations and long periods f boredom the lads and Russ has to endure between the moments f sheer adrenaline fueled terrorexcitement f a contact Although Russ doesn t dwell n the contacts in too much detail there is enough there to keep you interested and when casualties happen which inevitably they do you can feel the conflict n the page as Russ makes the decisions he does His battle between what he needs to do and what he wants to do But this book also delivers the small stories those that would therwise be lost as life moves n Those witty little incidents which makes the British suaddie so uniue that ability to laugh when thers might cry My personal favorites are the goat and mortar man dilemma having served in a few infantry battalions myself in my time I really can relate to this the story f the missing socks and f course who can forget Russ s bad decision not to lock up the breakfast cereal This book is not about the right DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting or wrongsf war in Afghanistan It is not a review f how the tactics r strategies f the war are being developed and implemented This is not a book about what it is like to be in a firefight although Russ covers it well This is a book about leadership the loneliness f Command and how and why the Company Commander Civil rights, tool of communist deception of B Company 2 Para made the decisions he did inne f the most demanding places n the planet Excellent book Reads like a diary very simplistic and lacking the big picture feel Cutthroat of some memoirs The details are very simple and repetitive That said it s still gripping and incredibly inspirational If you want to know about the pressuresf leadership then this book does well to get it across you really get the sense An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of how hard seniorfficers push themselves to effectively lead their men whilst also maintaining a real personal care for each man Clearly tours are very tough in Afghanistan reading this type The Claiming of the Shrew of booknly raises your respect for all the men who ve been asked to do it I really enjoyed this book It gave a great insight into company command and leadership in general The book was uite monotonous at times despite all the action but I guess this was a reflection Summoned of thene f the mail trials f being deployed in the military boredom Highly recommended. Sake f his men as physical and emotional exhaustion kick in Readers will experience the highs and lows f a tour through the eyes Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of a leaderf men in as close to real time as possible At the end Dead Inside of the tour Maj Lewis was awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and gallantryver the tour His citation read Resolute in defense tenacious and courageous in attack Lewis has set an utstanding example to B Company at significant personal risk and has been an inspiration to all ranks He still serves in the Parachute Regimen.