Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Review: Welcome to Afghanistan

Welcome To Afghanistan: Send More AmmoWelcome To Afghanistan: Send More Ammo by Benjamin Tupper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As part of my research into the Afghanistan mission, I picked up a book written by an American soldier. The Canadian army has Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams working with their Afghan army counterparts fighting in Panjwayi and Zharey, but all these experiences are still classified as secret and hidden from public view. I hoped this author would give some insight into being part of an OMLT.

This author gives a simple honest description of combat in Afghanistan as part of one of the American army's 2-man teams which are mentoring Afghan army units. His short chapters are only 2 or 3 pages long but each concerns a dramatic incident he experienced. I like very much that he easily reveals the emotions and stress that resulted from his experiences, both on himself and on his close comrades. It still amazes me that he is not a regular army officer but a National Guard volunteer. Bravo him.

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