Operation Iraqi Freedom officially began on March 20, 2003 and has become one of the most controversial conflicts of modern warfare. Thousands of US Marines were deployed into Iraq in order to topple the dictatorship government and liberate the Iraqi people. This book examines the experience of those "ordinary" Marines who fought on the frontline of one of the major battles in the operation, the battle for An Nasiriyah. This title details the Marines' enlistment, levels of training and life in the Iraqi desert, as well as exploring their important role in the complex stabilization operations after their hard-won victories on the battlefield. US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 offers a fascinating insight into the modern Marine Corps.
Richard S. Lowry
Warrior - Post World War II
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Due to the format of the Warrior series published by Osprey publishing, of which this book is part of, this book is very short. It is about 60 pages in length, about a third of which are illustration. This insures that it can only, at best, only provide a rudimentary introduction to the topic. This could be of some interest to those seeking an introduction or very short and succinct survey but not to anyone interested in anything more.
The book examines its topic through the eyes of two fictional marines, from recruitment through transportation to the front, to the pre-invasion stages in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia through combat in Iraq, injuries there and return to a U.S. military hospital in Germany. The fact that the book does this limits its usefulness in examining US Marines in the conflict.
This fictional perspective is not a crutch is not a problem in the first few chapters of the book, recruiting, training, transportation to the front and being stationed in...
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