Wearing the Green Beret: A Canadian with the Royal Marine Commandos Hardcover – January 18, 2011
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"Canadian Jake Olafsen survived and thrived in the Royal Marines from 2005 to 2009, serving two tours in Afghanistan and now relating his experiences in this gripping memoir. . . . Olafsen's descriptions of firefights are vivid and well-written, albeit laced with profanity."
—Winnipeg Free Press
". . . Olafson documents it all in its Full Metal Jacket intensity"
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.41 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0771068522
- ISBN-13 : 978-0771068522
- Product Dimensions : 6.35 x 1.12 x 9.26 inches
- Publisher : McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition (January 18, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #784,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is occasionally critical of his interaction with the British army, but the anecdotes feel authentic, and the incident with the 66, which another reviewer has taken issue with, seems to me unlikely to be fabricated, given how unsensationalised the balance of the book is.
Recommended - a good read.
I have learnt an awful lot about the conditions our soldiers have to endure out there, and also some of the crass decisions made by the MOD and the government. It is also revealing comparing what the Americans kit was compared with ours!!
Being Canadian, and attempting to sustain a relationship with a girl still there, the author was able to make an already challenging career even more difficult for himself, but his "smile in the face of adversity" approach allows him to press on regardless. Lots of nice humour, great detail and written with the pride and skill befitting a Royal Marine. Highly recommended.