Osprey's survey of US Army soldiers' participation in the war in Iraq. In April 2003, after a month of heavy bombardment, Baghdad fell under coalition forces' control. The forces established the Coalition Provisional Authority and in the heart of the city, an 8km square mile "Green Zone" was formed to maintain order until the new Iraqi government became a reality.
This title focuses on the lives of those soldiers whose task it was
to bring stability to the area, primarily recounting the
experiences of Task Force 1st Armored Division (TF 1AD) ("Old
Ironsides"). The division's first operation, dubbed Iron
Dig, was intended to verify the death of Saddam Hussein by
finding his remains in a bombed restaurant in Baghdad. This was the
first of many operations that combined combat and intelligence
skills in attempts to capture or kill significant numbers of former
regime leaders that were thought to be responsible for the
remainder of attacks on coalition forces.
This unique theater of operations severely tested the troops on
many levels, both personally and professionally, as not only did
they have to deal with living and fighting in extremely high
temperatures, poor standards of living, and little respite, but
also their operations became the center stage of a controversial
debate surrounding the occupation.
Discussed are the soldiers' personal experiences from recruitment,
specialist training, and weaponry; to the aftermath and effects
that the conflict had on them. The author, Ken Estes, uses
interviews and recently declassified material to offer a full and
accurate insight into this controversial theater of war.