OUTLAW PLATOON, Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell
HANDS DOWN, THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ ABOUT AFGHANISTAN and I can't think of a better book to recommend to anyone who wants to understand combat, the brotherhood of war and selflessness...
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Written by CPT Parnell w/John Bruning about his platoon's experiences in Afghanistan circa 2006 during a 15 month tour it is inspiring and relates the day to day experiences of the no glory conventional Infantry. His 43 man platoon's actions garnished seven bronze stars (five for valor), 12 ARCOMs with "V" (valor) and 32 purple hearts.
The book relates the adrenaline rush of close combat, the personal pain of losing a friend in combat, the unique camaraderie shared between combat soldiers all punctuated by the sounds of battle.
The description of what a 60mm round does to an enemy machine gun position or what happens when a .50 cal round strikes an insurgent ambushing your unit looks is like the MasterCard punch line, "Priceless".
It was inspiring, spellbinding and action packed. It made me marvel, laugh and cry man tears.
Read all 400 pages in less than 24 hours. Stayed up until 05:00 last night before I took a break.
Simply put this book was written by a hero but wasn't about him. He used 399 pages to extol his soldiers and the spirit of the American fighting man. I want to meet Sean Parnell.