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The devil's sandbox : with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at war in Iraq

Author: John R Bruning
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Zenith Press, 2006.
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Citizen soldiers have played a unique role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and their extended deployment and role in the wars' battles have changed the towns, cities, and states they hail from as well. The Devil's Sandbox - a nickname for Iraq - is the story of the 2nd Battalion of Oregon's 162nd Infantry Regiment (2/162), and provides readers an intimate look at the reality of National Guardsmen at war.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John R Bruning
ISBN: 9780760323946 0760323941
OCLC Number: 70258998
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 340 p. : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The sandbox --
Part I. Bonds: 1. Train for the mission. 2. Synergy. 3. Manpower plus bruns. 4. The first goodbyes. 5. Texas. 6. Light infantry on wheels. 7. Strains of command. 8. Finishing school. 9. One more last goodbye --
Part II. Road warriors: 10. The cardboard coffins. 11. Muslim Brownshirts. 12. The elephant. 13. The Jed Clampetts go to war. 14. Serial five. 15. Waiting: the other agony. 16. First days of work. 17. The 91st Psalm. 18. The rockets of Taji. 19. The fine art of command --
Part III. Contact: 20. Right seat into RPG's. 21. Dumped in Baghdad. 22. A glimpse of what could be. 23. Operation Oscar. 24. The edge of Sadr City. 25. The first heroes. 26. Sixty years of shattered peace. 27. Toby Keith interlude. 28. Justice: swift and righteous. 29. The images at home. 30. The one who had to die. 31. Aftermath. 32. Shaykh Majeid. 33. Trolling for terrorists. 34. The knee-high sniper. 35. Command decision. 36. The gray haired mystery man. 37. The hell hound's last ride --
Part IV. The Al Sadr smackdown: 38. Moqtada reprise. 39. The charge of the Modoc warrior. 40. The battle for Jamelia power station. 41. The fight on the perimeter. 42. Kilometer long kill zone. 43. The face of the enemy. 44. The private war of Sergeant Hellman. 45. Zone 22 rodeos. 46. Budweiser Bridge --
Part V. the battle of Najaf: 47. The cover of stars and stripes. 48. Captain Glass' finest hour. 49. Kris Haney's chunk of history. 50. Zero to crusty in no time flat. 51. Five thousands new martyrs. 52. The day of donkey death. 53. The Apache Hilton. 54. Eldred's fist of God. 55. The Tuttle chapter. 56. 18th and Christies. 57. Of bras and wedding gowns. 58. The piranha kittens. 59. The deal --
Part VI. The last heroes: 60. Where do the wounded go? 61. Through hardships ... to things of honor. 62. Mushada Market. 63. Fallujah. 64. The woman on the roof. 65. The ink stained finger --
Epilogue --
Postscript: The reflection in the mirror.
Responsibility: John R. Bruning.
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Citizen soldiers have played a unique role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and their extended deployment and role in the wars' battles have changed the towns, cities, and states they hail from as well. The Devil's Sandbox - a nickname for Iraq - is the story of the 2nd Battalion of Oregon's 162nd Infantry Regiment (2/162), and provides readers an intimate look at the reality of National Guardsmen at war. Follow the 2/162 from their call-up in the summer of 2003 to their return home in the spring of 2005. Witness some of the fiercest fighting of the Iraq War and some of the most rewarding and forward-looking civil affairs projects aimed at rebuilding the broken nation of Iraq. Read how the town in Oregon struggles to do without the people - the accountants, lawyers, mechanics, et. al. - who went to serve in the war. The Devil's Sandbox offers a rare insight into what this war means for the citizen-soldier at home and abroad, and chronicles a battalion that earned the respect of the regular Army soldiers who fought alongside them in some of the toughest battles in the Iraq war.

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