Company Commander

Company Commander

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In 2008 Major Russell Lewis commanded a company of two hundred soldiers from the British Army's legendary Parachute Regiment on a six-month tour in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. Living in a remote base and under constant threat of attack from all sides by the Taliban, they were on red alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week for every one of those six months. And through that entire period, the man in sole charge was Maj Lewis. "Company Commander" is his story, a riveting first-person account of incredible bravery, telling what it is like to have 200 soldiers depending on you constantly, to make decisions which can and do cost lives, to see men under your command killed and injured and being under the most intense pressure imaginable for every minute of every day for six long months. Based on the journal Maj Lewis' kept during the tour, "Company Commander" takes the reader from the excitement of the beginning of a tour to the adrenalin of the first contact, through the devastating losses of his soldiers and the struggle to keep himself at the highest level of performance for the sake of his men as physical and emotional exhaustion kick in. Readers will experience the highs and lows of a tour through the eyes of a leader of men in as close to real time as possible. At the end of the tour Maj Lewis was awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and gallantry over the tour. His citation read: "Resolute in defence, tenacious and courageous in attack, Lewis has set an outstanding example to B Company at significant personal risk and has been an inspiration to all ranks". He still serves in the Parachute Regiment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 36mm | 480.81g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753540304
  • 9780753540305
  • 614,413

About Russell Lewis

Major Russell Lewis was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1994. His operational experience includes tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. In 2008 he commanded B Company, 2 PARA in Afghanistan. His Company was based just outside of Sangin, where for six brutal months they fought a determined and aggressive enemy. In 2009 he was awarded a Military Cross for his leadership and gallantry.show more

Review quote

"A stunning first person account of leadership in combat. Major Lewis's book is a riveting insight into the way our soldiers operate and the intense pressure they live under when at war" -- Sean Rayment Sunday Telegraph "For those of us who have never seen active service, Russell Lewis's book is an exciting introduction to the tough and dangerous world of military leadership under fire" Chris Patten "The pressures on a Company Commander are huge and in this book Russell Lewis brings to life most vividly both the intensity of the combat and the depth of care for those under his command. It is a most compelling book that shines new light on the ferocity and the humanity of the Afghanistan conflict. I commend this book to military historians and the general reader alike" General The Lord Dannattshow more

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If you are interested in military leadership this is evry good. It has a straightforward style and goes in to detail about one company in Afghanistan during the fighting season. The descriptions of what happened give a good insight in to problems experienced on a deployment and effective leadership.show more
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