Sniper in Helmand

Sniper in Helmand

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) James Cartwright

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  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 26mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: South Yorkshire
  • ISBN 10: 1848846630
  • ISBN 13: 9781848846630
  • Illustrations note: 16pp B & W plates
  • Sales rank: 228,119

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Few soldiers are deemed good enough to be selected and trained as snipers and even fewer qualify. As a result, snipers are regarded as the elite of their units and their skills command the ungrudging respect of their fellows - and the enemy. The Author is one such man who recently served a full tour of duty with 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. James describes the highs and lows of almost daily front line action experienced by our soldiers deployed on active service in arguably the most dangerous area of the world. As part of the Battle Group's crack Mobile Operations Group, James's mission was to liquidate as many Taliban as possible. The reader experiences sniper tactics and actions, whether in ambush or quick pre-planned strikes, amid the ever present lethal danger of IEDs. His book, the first to written by a trained sniper in Afghanistan, reveals the psychological pressures and awesome life-and-death responsibility of his role and, in particular, the deadly cat-and-mouse 'games' with the enemy snipers intent on their own kills. These involved the clinical killing of targets at ranges of 1,000 metres or greater. Sniper in Helmand is a thrilling action-packed, yet very human, account of both front line service in the intense Afghanistan war and first-hand sniper action. Andy McNab inspired James to join the army and has written a moving foreword.

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By Dennis Pierce 29 Jun 2012 5

This book did an excellent job of telling story of a young soldier going to war and his thoughts about that experience. There was some very good detail of his experiences as well as some real humor that brought the story to life. As a Yank I found it a particularly interesting read.

I highly recommend it!!!