British Veteran Accounts of the Iraq War, 2003
256 Pages, 9 x 6 in, B&W and color illustrations
- April 2023
- Temporarily out of stock. Ships in 8-12 weeks.
Codenamed Operation Telic, the British component of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the largest gathering of British troops since the Second World War.
While the British public prepared for the worst as its soldiers were facing weapons of mass destruction, most servicemen and women were under no illusion that they were invading Iraq to rid the people of Saddam Hussein.
While much has been said about WMD and Tony Blair's government, not nearly enough has been heard from those men and women that took part in Operation Telic. Based upon dozens of veteran interviews, personal diaries and archival material, this book tells their stories, in their own words.
From controlling the vast Allied Air Forces at 34,000 feet in an AWACS plane down to submariners beneath the warm waves of the Persian Gulf firing Tomahawk Cruise missiles, from the steaming hot turret of a Challenger Tank as it is peppered with RPGs, to being on your belly in a sandstorm disarming unexploded bombs — these veteran accounts cover the whole spectrum of experiences.
Polarized public opinion and the post-war media portrayal of the war has detracted from what was achieved by these forces, when tasked to do so, often with insufficient or inadequate resources. These are their stories of courage, fortitude, pride, and brotherhood amidst the harsh realities of modern asymmetric warfare.
Chapter 1. 9/11 and all that
Chapter 2. The Brown envelope
Chapter 3. On the Bus
Chapter 4. SCUDs, Goolies and Gold
Chapter 5. Zero hour
Chapter 6. Breaching the berms
Chapter 7. Danger: UXB
Chapter 8. Caveman and Bondo
Chapter 9. Hackles raised
Chapter 10. Here come the Cavalry
Chapter 11. Major Combat Operations cease
Chapter 12. Going home
The Veterans – where are they now
“In these detailed and compelling recollections of British soldiers at the very start of the Iraq war in 2003, Julian Whippy not only captures the chaos of those earliest days of the war but also how the UK militarystood shoulder-to-shoulder with the US as they have done so often and for so many years. Burning Horizon reminds us how British and American servicemen and women train together, learn together, and, when called upon, fight together to defeat threats to our common values.” ~General James N. Mattis, US Marine Corps (retired)
"This is a wonderful collection of different perspectives of the same big event." ~Lieutenant General Robin Vaughan Brims, CB, CBE, DSO, DL
"There are dozens of books about the U.S. involvement in Iraq but very few about what the British experience so Burning Horizon helps fill in that part of the history. Basing it upon first-hand accounts also makes it much more engaging than your usual military account." ~Musings on Iraq
“This is an important book. . .The chapters dedicated to that fighting, and especially that of the battlegroups of 7 Brigade, can make uncomfortable reading. But what emerges is the invariably unwavering fortitude of the British soldier and marine during a period of often intense combat in the utter confusion of the urban environment of Basra and its environs. ” ~The Military Historical Society Bulletin
"... [a] fascinating contribution to our understanding of the Iraq War…” ~Midwest Book Review
“Burning Horizon is unofficial history; detailed, confused and unadulterated. It is probably too much to hope, as Peter Caddick-Adams alludes in his fine foreword, that an official campaign history is in the offing. In the meantime this book will keep memories alive.” ~Brigadier (Retd) Jim Tanner OBE for The Military Historical Society