The Resource Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War, Tim Pritchard

Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War, Tim Pritchard

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Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War
Title
Ambush alley
Title remainder
the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War
Statement of responsibility
Tim Pritchard
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"March 23, 2003: U.S. Marines from Task Force Tarawa are caught up in one of the most unexpected battles of the Iraq War. What started off as a routine maneuver to secure two key bridges in the town of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq degenerated into a nightmarish twenty-four-hour urban clash in which eighteen young Marines lost their lives and more than thirty-five others were wounded. It was the single heaviest loss suffered by the U.S. military during the initial combat phase of the war." "On that fateful day, Marines came across the burned-out remains of a U.S. Army convoy that had been ambushed by Saddam Hussein's forces outside Nasiriyah. In an attempt to rescue the missing soldiers and seize two bridges before the Iraqis could destroy them, the Marines decided to advance their attack on the city by twenty-four hours. What happened next is a gripping and gruesome tale of military blunders, tragedy, and heroism." "Huge M1 tanks leading the attack were rendered ineffective when they became mired in an open sewer. Then a company of Marines took a wrong turn and ended up on a deadly stretch of road where their armored personal carriers were hit by devastating rocket-propelled grenade fire. USAF planes called in for fire support played their own part in the unfolding cataclysm when they accidentally strafed the vehicles. The attempt to rescue the dead and dying stranded in "ambush alley" only drew more Marines into the slaughter." "This was not a battle of modern technology but a brutal close-quarter urban knife fight that tested the Marines' resolve and training to the limit. At the heart of the drama were the fifty or so young Marines, most of whom had never been to war, embroiled in a battle of epic proportions from which neither their commanders nor the technological might of the U.S. military could save them." "Tim Pritchard captures the chaos, panic, and courage of the fight for Nasiriyah, bringing back in full force the day that a perfunctory task turned into a battle for survival."--Jacket
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DLC
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Pritchard, Tim
Dewey number
956.7044/342
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS79.76
LC item number
.P755 2005
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pritchard, Tim
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
Label
Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War, Tim Pritchard
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The road to Nasiriyah -- Ambush alley -- The northern bridge
Control code
ocm57531491
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 294 pages
Isbn
9780891418801
Lccn
2005043033
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)57531491
Label
Ambush alley : the most extraordinary battle of the Iraq War, Tim Pritchard
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The road to Nasiriyah -- Ambush alley -- The northern bridge
Control code
ocm57531491
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 294 pages
Isbn
9780891418801
Lccn
2005043033
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)57531491

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