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Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards in Afghanistan Hardcover – March 17, 2011
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What comes through the book time and again is the terribly sad fact that they are under manned and under supplied and yet get on with their job in good humor. This is an indictment of the British government which wants to play a global role but refuses to pay for it. They lack helicopters, properly armoured vehicles, weapons etc. To take just one example, the U.S.Marines arrive 1500 strong with piles of supplies to relieve 50 Welsh Guards. This sort of thing is not a new story in British military history but it is a disgrace nonetheless.
Read this book to discover the reality of Britain's fourth Afghan war.
DMR is the story of the Royal Welsh Guards, one of the five regiments making up the Household (Guards) division (I'm an American, so hopefully Mr. Harnden will excuse if I get some of the detail wrong), which has both a ceremonial (think Buckingham Palace) and combat mission. DMR exposes us to the Welsh Guards history (barely a century now) and its proud achievements in WWI, WWII, and the Falklands. In this latter campaign, the WG's psyche was indelibly seared by the loss of more than 30 guardsmen killed on the Sir Galahad transport ship sunk by an Argentine missile. A few of the guardsmen deployed to Helmand were survivors of that tragedy.
In Helmand, the WG endured some of the heaviest fighting imaginable in an austere environment that was under-resourced, and not well understood. As a measure of the brutal combat, the WG had the unenviable distinction of being the first British army battalion-size unit since Korea to lose as killed in action a platoon, company, and battalion commander. DMR tells the complete story of these incidents, and many more, with realism, humanity, and respect.Read more ›
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Great view of the chaos in Afghanistan. Poor fellows hung out to dry by the politicians.Published 11 months ago by James Deslatte
We were so impressed with the documentary we bought the book and read it.Published 13 months ago by mffy
Engrossing. Strongly recommended to American readers. You will get a much better perspective on what really happened than you will from books published in the US.Published on November 14, 2013 by F. Kalesnik
As a former senior army officer and with a doctorate in War Studies I can be brief. This is an outstanding book that tells the truth about the war. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Dr Barry Clayton
Dead Men Risen is an eyewitness account of British troops, Welsh Guard actually, and their tragic year in Afghanistan. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Kug
Got this book for my husband. He thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. He loves history and this get him fully interested.Published on September 18, 2011 by Richard D. Clifton
I got halfway through the book and am infuriated by the many redacted/censored almost entire sentences. Nowhere in the forward or the back is this mentioned. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by SC Photog