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Description - Desert Fire by Andrew Gillespie

Major Andrew Gillespie and his battery of eight formidable 155mm self-propelled guns found themselves on the Saudi/Iraqi border during the build-up of coalition forces during the anxious winter to 1990/91. Gillespic had the foresight to keep a detailed diary of events and his experiences as his Battery trained in earnest for a war that modern day soldiers had never expected to fight. He describes in vivid terms the tension, comradeship and day-to-day routine of life in a totally alien land. The scale of the undertaking was truly remarkable. As it became clear that diplomacy would fail, preparations intensified until after weeks of the air war, Operation Desert Storm was unleashed. The author's account of his battery's role in the conflict and the spirit of joint enterprise and comradeship makes for sensational and thrilling reading. Desert Fire is a superb account of modern, high tech warfare against a sophisticated yet demoralised and poorly led army. The outcome may have been a knock-out but, during the pre-match build-up, that was far from a foregone conclusion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780850527957
ISBN-10: 0850527953
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 189mm x mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Gillespie

Lt Colonel Andrew Gillespie is a professional regular soldier, currently Chief Instructor of the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill.