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An Ordinary Soldier

By: Doug Beattie MC (543.3/36034)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781847373762

On the 11th September 2006, Captain Doug Beattie MC, was charged with an impossible mission - helping Afghan forces recapture the town of Garmsir - known as the Taliban gateway to the notorious Helmand Province. His commanders said it would take two days; it actually too two weeks of exhausting, bloody conflict against a ferocious enemy in hostile conditions.

Alternately shocking, thoughtful, even humorous, but always unflinchingly candid, Doug Beattie offers an extraordinary insight into the mission in Afghanistan and crucially the relationship between British troops and the Afghans they serve alongside. An Ordinary Soldier is his story - a story with the potential to change hearts and minds about what life is like for 'ordinary' British soldiers in Afghanistan.

February 2009

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