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The Lieutenant Don't Know: One Marine's Story of Warfare and Combat Logistics in Afghanistan Kindle Edition
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"Finally, a readable, honest and gritty account of the dangerous, exhausting labor that keeps 'The Green Machine' going. There is no 'rear echelon;' there are only Marines. Without platoons like the one Clement describes, our ground forces could not function." - Bing West, bestselling author of The Village and No True Glory
"[K]ey lessons that can be taken from this excellent book are applicable to a myriad of other professions...Jeff Clement wrote an interesting and honest account of his failure and victories, I hope we can all learn from it." - Huffington Post
"Jeff Clement has written a superb account of a young Marine officer's day-to-day life in the complex combat environment of today's conflicts." - Gen Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret), former CENTCOM Commander and author of The Battle for Peace
"One of the best war memoirs I've ever read . . . a moving, inspiring work, that's enjoyable as hell, as well." - Stan R. Mitchell, author of Hill 406 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00K5B72EQ
- Publisher : Casemate (April 19, 2014)
- Publication date : April 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 11554 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #492,223 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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What made me to buy this book, is because this is the only personal account of the logistic unit in operations. Many lessons can be obtained from this book.
In all, the book is a well written account through the eyes of a platoon commander in CLB-6, Alpha Company (transport Coy) during their 2010 deployment in the Helmand Province, in a complex combat environment of today's conflicts.
The book is a recommended reading for all those who wanted to understand the fight for Helmand Province because the logistic side of the conflict or how to supply the troop on the ground. Logistician across world, in almost every army or marines seem to have the same “fame” as second-class soldier or as Jeff wrote POG (Person other than Grunts). More importantly it reveals the key issue about logisticians, "without them (marines) we have no reason to exist, but without us (logisticians), they cannot exist” (I prefer to say sustain).
After a little background when he joins the marines (up to Chapter 6 is little boring), it recounts his time as a platoon commander planning and carrying out supply operations, which was interesting enough by itself.
What really made the book outstanding was his recounting of the many improvised explosive device ("IED") and enemy encounters while carrying out its supply missions.
Reader interested in the logistic side of the nowadays combat environment, will enjoy it.
I actually had the honor of supporting CLB-6 during OEF 11-2 as a Field Service Representative for a small UAV. While I do not remember meeting the author (my apologies to Jeff if we did meet), I trained many of the Marines he commanded as a platoon commander during 10-1. I also worked very closely with his roommate during OEF 11-2. So this book has a special connection for me.
I was aboard camp Leatherneck from August 2011 through March of 2013 supporting the Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen of OEF. I have trained nearly 400 warfighters over the years, but CLB-6 will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only were they one of the most professional units I have worked with, they were the only unit I trained stateside and supported in theater. .
There’s no denying they have a crap job; move lots of stuff, in big cumbersome vehicles, across an IED filled landscape to the guys on the pointy end that are often less than appreciative of what they do once they get there…..and then turn around and drive back across the same IED filled landscape back to their home base. Oh, and the rules of engagement are often so restrictive that they sometimes have to wait until they are under full blown attack before they can defend themselves. The Marines (and other warfighters) that willingly do this every day are true heroes. They know it’s not if, but when their truck gets hit by an IED, or an ambush, or kids running on the road to slow the convoy......so that other kids can cut their cargo straps and try to steal their loads, etc, etc,.....but they still get up and do it everyday.
Special connection aside, it was a great read. The author does an amazing job of describing the, people, the mission, the landscape and the sentiments of many of those that have “been there, done that”. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about what the warfighters deal with on a daily basis in Afghanistan.
Front line troops may not appreciate the job the unknowing lieutenant and his men do but they will when they run out of ammunition or other critical supplies. Clement's book makes clear that fighting a war without front lines or a readily visible foe is still nasty bloody business whether you are a grunt on the ground or the guy driving the ammo run. Lieutenant Clement knows that and his book clearly explains in crisp readable prose that is only occasionally emotional.
Top reviews from other countries
par contre, dès que ça commence, on ne sort plus du livre, il y a une réelle intensité et les détails sont nombreux et intéressants; un livre vraiment captivant qui permet de voir toutes les difficultés rencontrées par les soldats dans ce pays difficile mais également de comprendre et d'avoir une vision plus large de l'organisation et d'une structure militaire en zone de guerre... je ne regrette pas mon achat!!