By Toby Harnden
WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE 2012.
This is the gripping tale of the lads of the Welsh Guards and their bloody conflict for survival in Afghanistan in 2009. Underequipped and overstretched, they discovered themselves within the such a lot excessive scuffling with the British had skilled in a new release. They have been led into conflict via Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, a passionate believer within the justness of the conflict who used to be deeply dismayed incidentally it was once being resourced and carried out. Thorneloe was once killed by way of an IED in the course of Operation Panther's Claw, the largest operation fixed through the British in Helmand.
Dead males Risen attracts on mystery records written by means of Thorneloe, which increase questions from past the grave that would unnerve politicians and generals alike. The Welsh Guards additionally misplaced significant Sean Birchall, commanding officer of IX corporation, and Lieutenant Mark Evison, a platoon commander whose candid own diary used to be unnervingly prophetic. now not because the moment international conflict had a unmarried British battalion misplaced officials on the 3 key degrees of management.
Harnden transports the reader into the center of a clash within which a soldier should be ready to kill and die, to beat back paralysing worry and watch comrades perish in affliction. Given unparalleled entry to the Welsh Guards, Harnden performed hundreds and hundreds of interviews in Afghanistan, England and Wales. He weaves the reviews of the guardsmen and the household they left in the back of right into a seamless and unsparing narrative that sits along a piercing research of the political and army technique. No different e-book approximately smooth struggle succeeds on such a lot of levels.