Just seen this advertised on Amazon published Feb 2007 Condor Blues is an action-packed, dramatic and true account of modern British warfare in Iraq. It shatters the conspiracy of silence over the direction of operations in that battle-ravaged country. Gallantry medals may have been awarded on a scale unprecedented for half a century, but is the British Army's record really so glorious? Author Mark Nicol focuses on the lives of two platoons based at the perilously isolated Camp Condor in Iraq's Maysan Province, having conducted hundreds of hours of interviews. The soldiers' task was to live with and train hundreds of Iraqi Civil Defence Corps recruits, and their lives jack-knifed from moments of force to farce: being shot at, shooting at each other, parading naked, stealing weapons and engaging in disturbing yet amusing pranks on a daily basis. They were also plunged into the biggest and bloodiest battles involving British forces in Iraq. After one firefight they carried the broken bodies of those they had slain from the battlefield - the emotional impact was devastating. Condor Blues is an honest and visceral account of soldiering in a brutal environment. The flawed thinking behind post-war Iraq, the missed opportunities and the `heavy metal' tactics which proved so counterproductive are all laid bare, making this essential reading for anyone who wants to know what its really like on the ground in the world's most hostile territory. This is: the Maysan Province in Iraq - a place where Bravo Two Zero meets Trainspotting. They are: young British soldiers recruited from the street corners of Britain's toughest cities and plunged into the most prolonged battles involving UK forces for half a century. Their home: a perilously isolated outpost surrounded by warlords who want them dead. Their mission: to train 900 members of the Iraqi Civil Defence Corps - a corrupt rabble of insurgents who have been known to turn their guns on their instructors. These sex-crazed, hyped-up boy soldiers are shot at, shoot each other, overdose on Viagra, parade naked, steal weapons and at one point set fire to their camp. After one massive firefight, they have to carry the corpses of the Iraqis they have slain from the battlefield - a task which has a horrendous mental impact. Will they make it to the end of tour 'Rest and Recreation' facility where female medics will trade blow jobs for phone cards? This is their vision of paradise in a place they call 'Hell with flies'. "Condor Blues: British Soldiers at War in Iraq" is a visceral, uncensored account of soldiering in the world's most hostile territory - essential reading for anyone who wants the real story behind the Ministry of Defence's propaganda on Iraq.