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Operation Anaconda: America's First Major Battle in Afghanistan (Modern War Studies (Hardcover)) Hardcover – November 25, 2011
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Drawing upon previously unavailable or neglected sources, Lester Grau and Dodge Billingsley give us the most complete and accurate account of this thirteen-day firefight waged in mountainous terrain nearly two miles above sea level. They describe how allied troops fought a fierce and well-entrenched enemy to a standstill, close to an old Soviet battlefield, and then drove them completely out of Afghanistan.
Grau and Billingsley's account also highlights problems encountered in Anaconda and the lessons we should learn from their in-depth study. The Army and Air Force operated under conflicting views regarding the appropriate application of Close Air Support, and airpower both crippled and aided the overall effort. In addition, severe shortages of transport, attack helicopters, and artillery hampered the effort, while the acquisition and timely sharing of intelligence barely occurred at all and coalition relations frayed under the intense pressures of combat.
As an added bonus, the authors also include with the book a documentary on DVD that features interviews with soldiers who fought in Anaconda, provides additional information concerning major phases of the battle, and presents insightful commentary by Grau and by Billingsley, who was on the ground with U.S. forces for the operation. Providing the richest description and critique of all the forces involved including those that fought on the enemy side the combined book-and-DVD surpasses all previous accounts of this landmark engagement and is an essential volume in the literature on our war in Afghanistan.
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After having read it I can tell you that if you really want to get to the bottom of things you in fact need to get this one and this one only.
Sean Naylor's Not A Good Day To Die was really good, especially with the detailed accounts on the preparations, as were others concentrating on Roberts Ridge.
But since their publication some years have passed.
Lester W. Grau and Dodge Billingsley have had access to new information and combined it into a masterpiece on the battle.
I don't know of any other book on Anaconda that took me so close to the men who got the job done, all ranks, all units while explaining very clearly the different situations, the communication problems, the hardships, all the locations and battlefields (including tons of detailed maps), the weapons (including detailed but easy to understand information on the pros and cons of many) while staying true to the timeline and never transmitting the feeling of you, the reader getting lost in all the details and losing the bigger picture.
Even when you already read some of the other books on the battle this one will give you additional insight and deeper understanding of many decisions taken by Central Command and/or the men on the ground and in the air.
But it will also satisfy the ones "new" to the battle, giving them a very detailed account of the entire operation, beginning to end. Also included are a few short but well written chapters delivering necessary background information on the country's history and its people.Read more ›
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Great reporting of a big ####-up! My son was involved so I got an inside report.Published 6 months ago by Don
I know the author. I am sure it is the only book to get on this subject.Published 13 months ago by Joshua J Mathias