They Fought for Each Other
The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq
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Charlie 1-26 confronted one of the worst neighborhoods in Baghdad and lost more men than any battalion since Vietnam
Based on "Blood Brothers", the Michael Kelly Awardnominated series that ran in Army Times, this is the remarkable story of a courageous military unit that sacrificed their lives to change Adhamiya, Iraq, from a lawless town where insurgents roamed freely, to a secure neighborhood with open storefronts and a safe populace.
Army Times writer Kelly Kennedy was embedded with Charlie Company in 2007, went on patrol with the soldiers and spent hours in combat support hospitals. During that period, one soldier threw himself on a grenade to save his friends, a well-liked first sergeant shot himself to death in front of his troops, and a platoon staged a mutiny. The men of Charlie 1- 26 would earn at least 95 combat awards, including one soldier who would go home with three Purple Hearts and a lost dream. This is a timeless story of men at war and a heartbreaking account of American sacrifice in Iraq.
Publishers Weekly Review
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This is a military book written for everyone. It really the reader a better understanding of what these soldiers went through, and what war is really like. There is no politics, no agenda, and it is written very clearly without too much military jargon. Thank you Ms. Kennedy for getting this story out there.
I have read this book multiple times and each time it has moved me and taught me things that I may not have caught onto the first few times. I really wish they could put this book on an audiobook format. This is definitely something more people should read!