Book Tip of the spear : U.S. Army small-unit action in Iraq, 2004-2007 / Jon T. Hoffman, general editor.
Associated Name: Hoffman, Jon T., 1955-
Publication year: 2009.
Call Number DS79.76 .T57 2009
Media class: Book
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O
ISBN: 9780160817366 0160817366
Series title: Global war on terrorism series ; CMH pub ; 70-113-1
Extent: ix, 201 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 24 cm.
"The lightning campaign that toppled the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq in the spring of 2003 at first seemed to herald the arrival of a new way of war, as Germany's blitzkrieg had done at the beginning of World War II. But the initial victory in Iraq soon devolved into a persistent counterinsurgency conflict reminiscent of the long U.S. effort to pacify the Philippines after the quick defeat of Spain in 1898. In Iraq, American soldiers and their Coalition partners had merely traded one fairly weak and generally conventional opponent for a much more durable, diverse, and determined foe relying on the tactics of the guerrilla and the terrorist. This volume focuses on that second and longer campaign of the war in Iraq, but it is not a narrative of the overall course of the conflict. Instead, it provides a soldier's-eye view of the war in the form of detailed accounts of a handful of battles. Each one illustrates the everyday challenges that America's soldiers face in a difficult struggle against an inventive and often elusive enemy. Weapons, doctrine, and procedures developed to fight a conventional campaign against a similar opposing force had to be adapted to fit a different type of conflict. The U.S. Army's combat and support forces have shown both resourcefulness and resilience, while leaders and soldiers in the field have demonstrated the same courage as previous generations called upon to sacrifice in the name of freedom"--Publisher's website.
Hell in a very small marketplace : Abu Ghraib, April 2004 / Mark J. Reardon -- Good Friday ambush : 9 April 2004 / Richard E. Killblane -- Fighting in the Valley of Peace : Najaf, August 2004 -- Engineers at war : Fallujah, November 2004 / John R. Maass -- Unanticipated battle : Musayyib, July 2006 / Mark J. Reardon -- The battle for Salem Street : Diwaniyah, 8-9 October 2006 / Ben R. Simms, Curtis D. Taylor -- Shrouded in the fog of war : Zarqa, 28-29 January 2007 / Mark J. Reardon -- Hellfire and brimstone : Taji, 29 September 2007 / Jon B. Mikolashek.