Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in IraqPaperback
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- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Format: Paperback | 349 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 30mm | 363g
- Publication date: 13 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0312567383
- ISBN 13: 9780312567385
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 1,111,649
When Sgt. Dan Mills and the rest of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, flew into Iraq in April 2004, they were supposed to be winning hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives.Within hours of their arrival in Iraq, a grenade bounced off one of the battalion's Land Rovers, rolled underneath, and detonated. The ambush marked the beginning of a full-scale firefight during which Mills killed a man with a round that removed his assailant's head. It was going to be a long tour.Like some postapocalyptic "Mad Max" nightmare, the place had gone to hell in a handbasket. Throat-burning winds, blast bombs, and well-trained, well-organized militias armed with AKs, RPGs, and a limitless supply of mortar rounds were the icing on the cake.For the next six months, isolated, besieged, and under constant fire, their battalion refused to give an inch. "Sniper One" is a breathtaking chronicle of endurance, camaraderie, dark humor, and courage in the face of relentless, lethal assault.
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Sgt. Dan Mills was decorated for his command of an eighteen-man sniper platoon during the siege of Al Amarah. During a long army career he has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and the Falkland Islands. "Sniper One" is his first book.
"One of the best firsthand accounts of combat that I've ever read." --Andy McNab "Mills powerfully describes the demanding work of his snipers before and after the city was brought under control (more or less). . . . British participation in Iraq has been largely ignored in the United States. That should change with Mills's page-turning account, already an international bestseller." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Possibly the year's best book, so far, on combat in Iraq." --"Booklist" "Another testosterone-laced memoir of an elite unit kicking butt in Iraq, this one with a cheerful, politically incorrect British twist. . . . A military memoir refreshingly devoid of the usual patriotic overlay." --"Kirkus Reviews"