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Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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In a break with tradition, Poole is a British correspondent assigned to a unit as an embedded reporter. While he has not gone through the U.S. Army training with these guys, he is adopted and rides with the crew of a tank recovery vehicle, a hulking toolbox on treads. The Army gives him briefings, lets him wander the camp and ask any questions he wants. Unsurprisingly, the young soldiers are bored, impatient and hang on the words of their Senior Sergeants.
When word comes, camp is struck and everyone loads up, moving in stages to the border where they cross after the breakthrough. They search for elusive Republican Guard units. The main chapters deal with sudden clashes and increasing fatigue. Poole notes that:
'I was shocked. A whole lot of killing had taken place amid the squat buildings and palm trees that stretched around me. ‘It’s only half the number who died in the World Trade Center,’ Doc remarked when I mentioned the extent of the Iraqi casualties to him. I could not see why the comparison was relevant, and told him so. But later I found myself thinking more about the numbers killed, and my surprise at it. This wasn’t loss close to the scale of the Tet Offensive, let alone the Battle of the Somme. Maybe 1600 was not a large number of people to be killed during the first stage of taking an enemy’s capital city. My mind may have been full of thoughts about how terrible this all was, but what had I expected? What had I thought I was coming to see?
Poole, Oliver (2015-04-13). Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (Blood and Treasure Book 1) (Kindle Locations 3637-3642). Reportage Press.Read more ›