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Wanat : combat action in Afghanistan, 2008

Author: Combat Studies Institute (U.S.)
Publisher: Fort Leavenworth, Kan. : Combat Studies Institute Press, US Army Combined Arms Center, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On 13 July 2008, nine American soldiers perished while fighting a pitched battle in the village of Wanat in Afghanistan's Waygal Valley. On that day, the men of Company C, 2d Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, endured four hours of intense close quarters combat and mounting casualties. The contingent of 49 United States and 24 Afghan National Army Soldiers valiantly defended their small outpost against a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Wanat
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(OCoLC)695076922
Online version:
Wanat.
Fort Leavenworth, Kan. : Combat Studies Institute Press, US Army Combined Arms Center, 2010
(OCoLC)852774642
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Combat Studies Institute (U.S.)
ISBN: 098419018X 9780984190188
OCLC Number: 666405597
Notes: Shipping list no.: 2011-0088-P.
Description: xi, 257 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. Historic and campaign background of the Waygal Valley. Nuristan Province and the Waygal Valley --
The Insurgents --
The Coalition Campaign in Afghanistan, 2001-2008 --
US Operations in Nuristan and Konar, 2001-2007 --
The Deployment of the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to Afghanistan, 2007 --
Chosen Company and the Waygal Valley --
The 4 July Attack on Bella --
The decision to execute Operation ROCK MOVE --
Chapter 2. The establishment of COP Kahler, 8-12 July 2008. ROCK MOVE --
The Plan --
Planning and preparation in Chosen Company --
The establishment of COP Kahler, 8-12 July --
The terrain at Wanat and the configuration of the COP --
The configuration of OP Topside --
Operations and events at COP Kahler, 9-12 July --
The enemy, 9-12 July --
The eve of the attack --
Chapter 3. The Fight at Wanat, 13 July 2008. The attack on COP Kahler --
The initial defense of OP Topside --
Reinforcing OP Topside --
Arrival of attack helicopter support --
Arrival of 1st Platoon Quick Reaction Force --
The MEDEVACs at Wanat --
The consolidation at COP Kahler --
The withdrawal from the Waygal Valley --
Aftermath --
Chapter 4. Conclusions. Overview --
Counterinsurgency in Northeast Afghanistan, 2007-2008 --
Enemy disposition and intent : situational awareness in the Wanat area --
The delays in construction of COP Kahler --
The timing of Operation ROCK MOVE : the relief by TF Duke --
Defensive Positioning --
Summary --
Closing Thoughts.
Responsibility: the staff of the US Army Combat Studies Institute.

Abstract:

On 13 July 2008, nine American soldiers perished while fighting a pitched battle in the village of Wanat in Afghanistan's Waygal Valley. On that day, the men of Company C, 2d Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, endured four hours of intense close quarters combat and mounting casualties. The contingent of 49 United States and 24 Afghan National Army Soldiers valiantly defended their small outpost against a coordinated attack by a determined insurgent force armed with rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons. Despite the initial advantage of tactical surprise and numerical superiority, it was the insurgents who ultimately broke contact and withdrew from Combat Outpost Kahler. Army historians recognized the need to better understand the Battle of Wanat and ensure those who followed learned from the experiences of the courageous Soldiers who defended their outpost with such tenacity. As initial reports from the battle were received, the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas began to prepare a historical analysis of the circumstances of the Battle of Wanat, launching an exhaustive research effort that produced a comprehensive and compelling example of contemporary history. This study offers an objective narrative of the events surrounding the Battle of Wanat. It does not seek to draw final conclusions or to second guess decisions made before or during the heat of battle. Rather, it is an implement of learning, allowing the reader to see the events of that day through the eyes of the leaders and Soldiers of Task Force Rock. It is meant to provide context to the chaos and complexity of modern conflict, and to help the reader better understand and appreciate the nature of operations in an era of persistent conflict. Finally, this study serves to honor and preserve the memories of the nine brave men who gave their lives at Combat Outpost Kahler.

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