HERRICK 4 told by veterans, in their own words, out now

#1
To my great surprise, I have just this morning received an advance copy of "A Million Bullets", a new book written about Herrick 4. It was a small 'thank you' from the author, who contacted me through Arrse over a year ago,

In a very very tiny way, I helped James (we have never met) to find a way past the barriers being put up by MoD to protect the literary interests of a retired Para General with a son who commanded a Para Coy on HERRICK 4 . You can figure it out - I learn from his intro, that James was forbidden to interview any Paras other than Lt Col Tootal, CO of that Bn. James wanted to get at all the other cap badges fighting in AFG and tell a wider story. If he hadn't, the chances are HERRICK might go down in history as a 'Paras only' affair. It wasn't, and a lot of troops out there with them, had substantially less preparation for it, and did equallly well, yet got loads less coverage at home.

Among them are my old Bn about whom I have just scanned some excellent stuff, told in the lad's own words, about combat in (Apocalypse) Now Zad, around page 98.

Fill yer boots. Tell yer friends and family. And a big thank you to James Fergusson for putting it together.

Some Bantam Books blurb artist said:
A Million Bullets: The real story of the war in Afghanistan
by James Fergusson

James Fergusson takes us to the dark heart of the battle zone. Here, in their own words and for the first time, are the young veterans of Herrick 4. Here, unmasked, are the civilian and military officials responsible for planning and executing the operation. Here, too, are the Taliban themselves, to whom Fergusson gained unique and extraordinary access. Controversial, fascinating and occasionally downright terrifying, A Million Bullets analyses the sorry slide into war in Helmand and asks this most troubling question: could Britain perhaps have avoided the violence altogether?

http://www.booksattransworld.co.uk/...nd=Search&db=twmain.txt&eqisbndata=0593059026
About James:
James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has written for many publications including the Independent, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Economist. From 1997 he reported from Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, covering that city's fall to the Taliban. In 1998 he became the first western journalist in more than two years to interview the fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. His first book, Kandahar Cockney, told the story of Mir, his Pashtun fixer-interpreter whom he befriended and helped gain political asylum in London. From 1999 to 2001 he worked in Sarajevo as a press spokesman for OHR, the organisation charged with implementing the Dayton, Ohio peace accord that ended Bosnia's savage civil war
 
#5
ARRSE gets a mention in the book, as do Stonker and Dilfor.

So far a good read - with a percentage of the profits going to Combat Stress.
 
#9
Stonker said:
RABC said:
ARRSE gets a mention in the book, as do Stonker and Dilfor.

So far a good read - with a percentage of the profits going to Combat Stress.
:oops: ( . . . on which page?) :oops:

You are mentioned in the Acknowledgements on the first page, and Dilfor and ARRSE on page 24.

Op Nimby is also mentioned.
 
#10
RABC said:
Stonker said:
RABC said:
ARRSE gets a mention in the book, as do Stonker and Dilfor.

So far a good read - with a percentage of the profits going to Combat Stress.
:oops: ( . . . on which page?) :oops:

You are mentioned in the Acknowledgements on the first page, and Dilfor and ARRSE on page 24.

Op Nimby is also mentioned.
. . . . thank gawd for that - I couldn't work out how I'd got into the war zone . . . :wink:
 
#14
As a Battle Group, H4 didn't have the ammo that following BG had, it didn't have the defences now in place, it had no rations (well, limited at times) No water at Sangin and other out stations, and above all ONE BG ( and OMLT), not several as there are now. H4 will go down in history and be spoken about for years to come I believe.
 
#15
biltong_Castle said:
blobmeister said:
To sum up H4 in my own words...it was grim but life changing.
with you on that blob... grim, hard to forget and utterly life changing.

Can anyone who has read it give us a brief thought on the book?
I'm about half-way through it.

Aside from a few really trivial mistakes (e.g. calling RRF the Royal Fusiliers, and writing "dust bag" for "doss bag") he is bloody good at giving you the stories of soldiers in their own words.

He also gives you a well-informed and readable analysis of the higher-up, strategic and political problems of the operation - he has a particular advantage, in that he has spent a lot of time in AFG in the past.

At the moment I'm rating it at at somewhere around 9 out of 10. Certainly a must read.
 

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