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SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON MEDAL FOR MILITARY HISTORY 2021, THE BRITISH ARMY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021, AS A FINALIST FOR THE 2020 ARMY HISTORICAL FOUNDATION DISTINGUISHED WRITING AWARD. FIRST RUNNER UP IN THE TEMPLER MEDAL BOOK PRIZE 2021.
'With a soldier's eye for telling operational details, Ben Barry offers an authoritative, compelling and inevitably bleak account of the American and British campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.' Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London
Written by the author of the official British military analysis of the Iraq campaigns, Blood, Metal and Dust is the first authoritative military history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to tell the detailed story of what happened on the ground.
From the high-ranking officer who wrote the still-classified British military analysis of the war in Iraq comes the authoritative history of two conflicts which have overshadowed the beginning of the 21st century. Inextricably linked to the ongoing ‘War on Terror', the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dominated more than a decade of international politics, and their influence is felt to this day.
Blood, Metal and Dust is the first military history to offer a comprehensive overview of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, providing in-depth accounts of the operations undertaken by both US and UK forces. Brigadier Ben Barry explores the wars which shaped the modern Middle East, providing a detailed narrative of operations as they unfolded. With unparalleled access to official military accounts and extensive contacts in both the UK and the US militaries, Brigadier Barry is uniquely placed to tell the story of these controversial conflicts, and offers a rounded account of the international campaigns which irrevocably changed the global geopolitical landscape.
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1 Before the Fall: The military experience of the US and its allies before 9
2 Strategic Shock and Response: Afghanistan from 9
11 to Operation Anaconda
3 Economy of Force: Stabilizing Afghanistan 2002-05
4 Operation Cobra II: The invasion of Iraq
5 Descent into Chaos: Iraq 2003-04
6 ‘As the Iraqis stand up we will stand down': The Transition Strategy 2004-06
7 The Iraq Surge: Regaining the initiative
8 Learning under Fire: The struggle to adapt
9 The Battles for Basra: Britain' s near-defeat in southern Iraq
10 Endgame in Iraq: Success turns to failure
11 The Enemy Gets a Vote: Afghanistan 2006-09
12 The Afghan Surge: 2009-12
13 The Failure of the Transition to Afghan Security Leadership
14 COVID-19: A dark postscript
15 Bloody Lessons