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Takedown: The 3rd Infantry Division's Twenty-One Day Assault by Jim Lacey

By Jim Lacey

Over the years the influence has grown that the 2003 invasion of Iraq met with little resistance and that, with few exceptions, the Iraqi military easily melted away. As this e-book sincerely exhibits, not anything will be farther from the reality. In its force to trap Baghdad, the U.S. Army's third Infantry department used to be in approximately consistent wrestle for twenty-one days. whereas americans have been looking at Saddam's statue being torn down on television, a brigade of the third identification was once at the verge of being overrun via Iraqi Republican safeguard devices attempting to break out north. instructed to carry bridges in his region, a brigade commander needed to blow up considered one of them simply because he didn't have the strive against strength to carry it. the corporate commander protecting the opposite bridge used to be so difficult pressed that he known as at the artillery to fireplace their ultimate protecting fires a command made in simple terms while a unit is in mortal probability and one who had now not been given considering Vietnam. each of the division's armored cars used to be hit by means of rockets a few taking greater than a dozen hits and the battling used to be so fierce from time to time that whole battalions ran out of ammunition. however, while the combating was once eventually over, the third identification had destroyed Iraqi ordinary military divisions and 3 divisions of the a lot vaunted Republican protect.

Takedown tells the little-known tale of what occurred to the third identity in the course of its fight to win Baghdad, a crusade that a few name some of the most vicious in American army background. to supply this firsthand account, Jim Lacey, a former Time journal reporter embedded with the first Brigade of the one hundred and first Airborne department, attracts on large interviews that he carried out with the yankee squaddies concerned in addition to entry to non-public papers and battle memoirs. This tale can be enriched via his broad use of interview transcripts of senior Iraqi military officials besides their own written reminiscences. From the Kuwaiti border to the streets of Baghdad, those dramatic eyewitness descriptions of what went on provide readers a correct examine the brutal engagements within which the department fought for its life.

In using this type of wealth of fundamental resource fabric, Lacey has succeeded in writing a quick paced narrative of the clash, subsidized up through verifiable evidence, that exhibits how smooth wars are relatively fought.

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Sergeant Johnson’s story is typical of the hundreds of engagements the 3rd ID fought before it finally stormed into Baghdad. It is a story of twenty-one days of brutal fighting, a story that until now has remained largely untold. ” It is a special breed of man that can fight America’s wars one day and turn to repairing schoolhouses the next. 1 The Colonels’ War AFTER DESERT STORM, Bernard Trainor and Michael Gordon wrote a history of the conflict titled The Generals’ War. Their basic premise was that Vietnam had been directed by politicians, but this time around the politicians let the generals plan and wage the kind of war they wanted.

If we did it by the book we could not carry enough fuel to make it to our first objective. But, if we went to Samawah by sending the armor cross-country and shut down, it would save 200,000 gallons. At some point they stopped fighting the idea and said, ‘You asked for it. ’” In the event, Perkins’s advance to Samawah was uneventful. Lieutenant Colonel Wesley led the wheeled vehicles of Task Force Rock and Roll on the circuitous road that was often more fiction than fact, while Perkins took Task Force Heavy Metal in a straight line across the desert to his objective.

Army. Infantry Division, 3rd. I. Title. 48-1992 (Permanence of Paper). 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First printing All maps courtesy of the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth. All photos are from the author’s personal collection and are available at the Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Contents Maps Acknowledgments A Note on Sources Introduction 1. The Colonels’ War 2. The Breach (20–21 March) 3. First Clash: Tallil Air Base (21 March) 4. The Ba’ath Armies 5.

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