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    DescriptionOn 11th September 2006 - exactly five years after the attacks on the Twin Towers - a modern day Rorke's Drift was played out in the town of Garmsir, known as the Taliban gateway to Helmand Province. 40-year-old Capt. Doug Beattie of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment was charged with the mission to help retake Garmsir from the Taliban. His commanders said it would take two days; it actually took two weeks of exhausting, bloody conflict in which at times he would be one of only a small unit up against a ferocious enemy in impossible conditions.For his repeated bravery Doug Beattie was decorated with the Military Cross. AN ORDINARY SOLDIER offers an extraordinary insight into the mission in Afghanistan and, crucially, the relationship between British troops and the Afghans they serve alongside. Above all, it's Beattie's personal story of being what he modestly calls 'an ordinary soldier' - someone who balances being a loving father and husband with that of fighting in the world's most hostile place. It demands to be read.


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    Title
    An Ordinary Soldier
    Subtitle
    Afghanistan: A Ferocious Enemy. A Bloody Conflict. One Man's Impossible Mission
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Doug Beattie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 196 mm
    Weight: 244 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847393999
    ISBN 10: 1847393993
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FCA
    BIC subject category V2: BTM, HBJF1
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLX
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    BIC subject category V2: HBWS4
    DC22: 958.1047092
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3JMC, 1FCA
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations, maps, ports. (chiefly col.)
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    POCKET BOOKS
    Publication date
    21 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Doug Beattie entered 1 R Irish as 17-year-old. He served as an NCO in Bosnia, an RSM in Iraq, and is currently in his final tour of duty in Afghanistan before he retires in autumn 2008. Co-writer Philip Gomm is Westminster Correspondent for ITV News.