Fire Strike 7/9Paperback
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- Publisher: Ebury Press
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 24mm | 281g
- Publication date: 9 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0091938082
- ISBN 13: 9780091938086
- Sales rank: 160,407
'Being a JTAC is the closest a soldier on the ground in the midst of battle can get to feeling like one of the gods - unleashing pure hellfire, death and destruction' - Duncan Falconer. Meet Sergeant 'Bommer' Grahame, one of the deadliest soldiers on the battlefield. He's an elite army JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller- pronounced 'jay-tack') - a specially trained warrior responsible for directing Allied air power with high-tech precision. Commanding Apache gunships, A10 tank-busters, F15s and Harrier jets, he brings down devastating fire strikes against the attacking Taliban, often danger close to his own side. Due to his specialist role, Sergeant Grahame usually operates in the thick of the action, where it's at its most fearsome and deadly. Conjuring the seemingly impossible from apparently hopeless situations, soldiers in battle rely on the skill and bravery of their JTAC to enable them to win through in the heat of the danger zone. "Fire Strike 7/9" tells the story of Bommer Grahame and his five-man Fire Support Team on their tour of Afghanistan. Patrolling deep into enemy territory, they were hunted and targeted by the Taliban, shot at, blown-up, mortared and hit by rockets on numerous occasions. Under these conditions Sergeant Grahame notched up 203 confirmed enemy kills, making him the difference between life and death both for his own troops and the Taliban.
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Sergeant Paul 'Bommer' Grahame is a NCO with the Light Dragoons, an armoured assault regiment. After his 180 day tour of Afghanistan, Sergeant Grahame was commended with an operational award recognising his performance during the most intense battles of the Afghanistan deployment. He is currently on a two-year secondment to a training regiment, teaching his skills to other soldiers.
By Izzy Les Bouvier 03 Sep 2012
I loved this book on so many different levels. If you put Apache, Hellfire, Apache Dawn which were all "in theatre" at the same time you get a greater undrstanding of the stressors men and women face in Afganistan in the field. Not hose who go to Afganistan and never leave the wire.
I think I have read approx 30 different biographies on Afganistan and each has their own story and 9 out of 10 books I have enjoyed reading from the US, British and the Australian soldiers including Sarbi, War Dogs, Cry Havoc etc all well worth the read.
It is such a shame this war is what it is as I went through Afganistan in 1970 and I fell in love the the country, the people, and especially Hindu Kush in north east of the country
"JTACs carry out the most extraordinary of missions where the battle is fiercest. Many a soldier owes their life to their skill and bravery, as this book so eloquently shows" -- Colonel Tim Collins OBE "One of the many unsung heroes from the battles of the Upper Gereshk Valley, Bommer Grahame was an outstanding JTAC, unflappable in a punch up, and it was a privilege to scrap alongside him and the lads from B Coy" -- Colonel Richard Westley OBE MC