Task Force Helmand: A Soldier's Story of Life, Death and Combat on the Afghan Front Line - Doug Beattie with Philip GommLondon, New York, Sydney & Toronto: Simon & Schuster, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little wear to the edges of the dust wrapper. Minor age-toning to the edges of the text block. The contents complete, clean and tight.
Signed, dated and dedicated by the author, on the title page - without provenance. 2nd impression. Contains: Colour photographs; Maps; Glossary; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “In 2006 Doug Beattie was awarded the Military Cross for his part in recapturing the southern Afghan town of Garmsir from the Taliban. He was due to retire from the British Army in 2007, but that was before his CO made a desperate plea: stay on and complete just one more tour. Doug’s loyalties were split; he was pulled between his love for his wife and children and an overwhelming sense of duty towards his other family, the Royal Irish Regiment. Not for the first time the military won the fight for Doug’s soul and in March 2008 he returned to Afghanistan.
The story of what he endured there makes for gripping reading. Within days of being back in Helmand Province the 42-year-old captain wondered what he had let himself MI for. If 2006 had been hellish, then 2008 was off the scale. For six months Beattie led British and Afghan troops into repeated, exhausting battles with the Taliban. He took part in 50 major contacts, and innumerable smaller skirmishes, and he describes in detail the action-packed reality of combat on the frontline.
This exceptional soldier who knows the horror of watching men die in front of him tells of the ferocity of war with the utmost honesty and humanity. There are vivid accounts of the chaos and aftermath of suicide attacks, of lives saved and lives lost in impossible conditions, of the death of an innocent child, of the murder of a prisoner, and of the daily struggle to train the Afghan Army. This is what ‘An Ordinary Soldier’ did next.”