review One Million Steps A Marine Platoon at War review Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ö Francis J. Bing West Jr. Francis J. Bing West Jr. Ö 8 download Ten log this is a gripping grunt’s eye view of life on the front lines of America’s longest war Writing with a combat veteran’s compassion for the fallen West also offers a damning critiue of the higher ups who expected our warriors to act as nation builders and whose failed strategy put American lives at unnecessary risk Each time a leader was struck down another rose up to take his place How does one man instill courage in another What welded these men together as firmly as steel plates This remarkable book is the story of warriors caught between a maddening unrealistic strategy and their unswerving commitment to the fight Fearsome inspiring and poignant in its telling One Million Steps is sure to become a classic a uniue and enduring testament to the American warrior spirit Praise for One Million Steps “West shows the reality of modern warfare in a way that is utterly gripping” Max Boot author of Invisible Armies “A gripping boot level account of Marines in Afghanistan during the. Mr West has presented us with an exceptional book it is one I would recommend to every single American who still loves their country noting that many no longer do What leaps at you from almost every page is the cost of making poor choices in national leadership at the v
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review One Million Steps A Marine Platoon at War review Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ö Francis J. Bing West Jr. Francis J. Bing West Jr. Ö 8 download Battalion 35 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion Aware of US plans to withdraw from the country knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out Instead they pushed forward Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months a total of one million steps in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning Why did the Marines attack and attack day after day Every day brought a new skirmish Each footfall might trigger an IED Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn’t make it intact to the end of the tour One Million Steps is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down Based on Bing West’s embeds with 3rd Platoon as well as on their handwrit. Just one word Outstanding One Million Steps A Marine Platoon at War is one of those rare books succeeding at dropping you on the ground right there with the grunts in the field feeling the heat of the summer sun no ac here baby and during the winter the ice cold of the stagnant water in an irrigation trench seeping into your boots the sweat rolling down your face infused with the stink of stress and mixed with the dust of the fields dazed from the concussion of an IED wondering whether you ve been hit and making one with the ground as F 18 s provide air support danger close I couldn t put this book down This is a book about Marine infantry doing what they have been trained to do while examining with a very critical eye the Nation s foreign policy in Afghanistan during the Obama Administration It s not a pretty pictureWritten by a former Viet Nam combat vet turned author Bing West has been there done that and has many filthy stained ripped T shirts literally to show for it He writes from a place of knowing and deep understanding of what it is like to be a grunt the day to day grind the boredom followed by explosive engagement observing the locals hunting for the enemy and always challenged when trying to tell the two apart Mr West immerses the reader with 3rd Platoon Kilo Co 35 Marines as they take on the Taliban in the god forsaken Sangin District the outback of Helmand Province As the reader you ll go on the daily patrols from day one and learn with the platoon how to counter Taliban tactics what works and what doesn t This was a very different fight from Fallujah of which many of these young Marines were veterans You ll get to know the individuals within the platoon their roles and how they perform them And yes you ll be there when on an unfortunately regular basis there are causalities the ugly IED explosions that if survived almost always led to loss of at least one limb You will gain a true understanding of Marine Corps combined arms and how it is employed how Marine snipers and engineers were integrated into patrols that increased their effectivenessMost of all this is a book about the individuals who make up the brotherhood of Marines that was and is 3rd Platoon West s writing is an amazing tribute to these young Marines The author goes beyond just who they were while serving in Sangin He records why the joined the worry and anguish of their families while deployed their plans for when they return and what really happened with their lives upon return Mr West summarizes the characteristics of the platoon at the end of the book utilizing individuals who epitomized each trait In summary 3rd Platoon s cohesion was due to inspiration Abbate leadership Garcia firepower Beardsley aggressiveness McCulloch steadiness Esuibel and raw spirit Myers Where these individual Marines are identified it is a credit to the unit as a whole that they were all imbued with these warrior traitsAt the close of the book Mr West takes a critical look at the National policy that put our young Marines in such a hell hole He compares and contrasts policy between Viet Nam and Afghanistan making the reader really uestion whether we learn anything from our past decisions and resulting conseuences Most of all I urge future Administrations to read this book and stop using our military in the role of nation builders The job on nation building belongs to the State Dept and such organizations as the Peace Corps not the United States Marine Corps who is neither trained nor euipped for such a missionFrancis J. Bing West Jr. Ö 8 download
review One Million Steps A Marine Platoon at War review Ø eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ö Francis J. Bing West Jr. Francis J. Bing West Jr. Ö 8 download Bloody struggle with Taliban fighters” Los Angeles Times “ One Million Steps transcends combat narrative It is an epic of contemporary small unit combat” Eliot A Cohen author of Supreme Command “A blistering assault on America’s senior military leadership” The Wall Street Journal “A heart pounding portrayal a compelling account of what these men endured” The Washington Post “Stunning sobering and brilliantly written” Newt Gingrich “One of the most intrepid military journalists Bing West delivers a heart wrenching account of one platoon’s fight” Bill Bennett host of Morning in America “Bing West has reconfirmed his standing as one of the most intrepid and insightful observers of America’s wars One Million Steps reveals the essence of small unit combat the very soul of war” The Weekly Standard “A searing read but it is one that all Americans should undertake We send our sons into battle and few know what our warriors experience” The Washington Times. An interesting depiction of a American Marine unit in Afghanistan fighting against a tough foe Sad in that so many died or lost limbs to a relentless UED campaign but you have to admire the tenacity determination and grit of the Marines I m glad neither of my sons had to fight in this war I think it is difficult to write about this style of warfighting than the older traditional battle type I always seem to note that there were a large number of Spanish sounding names in our ranks which makes me angrier when I think of the disrespect shown by the President toward Americans of Mexican heritage I liked that West had a little something to say about the families and backgrounds of the men who gave their lives I don t think most Americans are aware of the large numbers of wounded warriors who continue on with their lives and the sacrifice of an all volunteer service
- One Million Steps A Marine Platoon at War
- Francis J. Bing West Jr.
- 27 August 2020