Russell Lewis: Company Commander



Ute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery REME and the Viking troop He never revealed the unit which the latter came from cavalry All we know is that the officer in charge was James Were there others like the Royal Logistics CorpsThere are some great moments and hraseology The Awareness previous OC from the Royal Marines advised him toack his Cat Out of Hell pistol to the meeting with local Afghans the shura Afghans appreciate symbols ofower and a Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work pistol is uite a good one The Royal Marines had a simple definition of FOB Inkerman the shit magnetThe sheer grind of living working and mounting complex company level operations in suchrimitive conditions and in temperatures up to 40 degrees C in daytime over six months trench toilets solar showers open air cookhouse few fresh rations is Mother India portrayederceptively without a hint of complaintMajor Lewis s exchanges with the RegimentalBattle Group 2IC over supplies and the detail of Battle Group level orders are conveyed with euanimity I bet at the time the language was not so restrainedHis relationships with all ranks from his senior NCOs the CSM Company Sergeant Major CMS Company uartermaster Sergeant and Sergeant Train in command of the helipad and resupply to the Regimental Chaplain signallers and The Late Romances private soldiers Toms were relayed expertly and were fascinatingThere were details that were missing like a layout of Inkerman itself maybe omitted for security reasons and the way that the Sapper sub unit from 9 Independent Parachute Suadron RE operated alongside the infantry but those are minor uibbles He credited the Sappers with a few small triumphs finding weapon caches destroying ordnance and small arms searching for booby traps in compounds obscuring enemy fireositionsOverall a great read and a triumph It conveys so accurately his own state of mind his feelings as well as the factual details and the curiously British understatement of hardship danger and sheer bloody mindedness to get the job done It is a good addition to the annals of The Parachute Regiment as well and it Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity portrays the ualities we have come to expect from the Paras fortitude limitless stamina determination and coolness under fir. Sake of his men ashysical and emotional exhaustion kick in Readers will experience the highs and lows of a tour through the eyes of a leader of men in as close to real time as My Curvy Valentine (Perfect Fit, possible At the end of the tour Maj Lewis was awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and gallantry over the tour His citation read Resolute in defense tenacious and courageous in attack Lewis has set an outstanding example to B Company at significantersonal risk and has been an inspiration to all ranks He still serves in the Parachute Regimen.

And capacity to fight an elusive enemy in a very challenging terrain Regrettably ISAF continues to lack sufficient forces and enabling capabilities in several key areasOne of the real Attainment (Temptation, problems was that the real command training and logistics of the Taliban was undertaken from the Northwest Frontier Provinces NWFP Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA and Baluchistanmainly in Pakistan But that is anotherolitical storyAll Major Russ Lewis and his men could do was fulfil the mission they had been given and this I should say surprised me background I was an officer in the Royal Engineers in the 1970s B Company s mission as given to Major Lewis by his CO was todefend the immediate area around FOB Forward Operating Base Inkerman and interdict enemy forces in the north and south in order to Hatred in the belly protect the reconstruction and development zone within Sangin Dissecting this mission is another debate but how would B Company know when this mission was achievedThe book is based on Russ s diary and I have immense admiration for someone who managed to write a diary in those conditions and under such mental andhysical Always Be Ready pressure Theroblem with a diary based narrative can be that you can get clich ridden Encyclopedia of International Development prose but apart from the oft repeated he the CO seems on good form I wanted much information than that buterhaps he is being discrete the author avoids too many well worn military Gender Inequality in Our Changing World phrasesThe descriptions of actions weapons andersonnel are full of detail and characterisation and are gripping If nothing else this book gives a wonderful erspective of the all arms battle with Sappers artillery mortars belt fed grenade launchers Javelin missiles and GMLRS GPS multi launch rocket system Apaches and an F 16 being deployed coolly and at appropriate times Infantry weapons like the GPMG Minimi Sharpshooter338 sniper rifle and50 calibre Browning are also described and deployed brilliantlyHis admiration of his own junior officers NCOs and Toms shines through He is eually complimentary about the other units in support of B Company and 2 PARA Royal Engineers the Royal Artillery s 7RHA although they call themselves 7 Para RHA 7th Parach. E 200 soldiers depending on you constantly to make decisions which can and do cost lives to see men under your command killed and injured and to be under the most intense ressure imaginable for every minute of every day for six long months Based on the journal Maj Lewis kept during the tour this book takes the reader from the excitement of the beginning of a tour to the adrenalin of the first contact through the devastating losses of his soldiers and the struggle to keep himself at the highest level of erformance for the.

I really enjoyed this book It gave a great insight into company command and leadership in general The book was uite monotonous at times despite all the action but I guess this was a reflection of the one of the mail trials of being deployed in the military boredom Highly recommended I think this was a very interesting book seeing it is one of the few books about the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan I would definetly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the British Army even the slightest bit This was a well written account of the life of a detached company from 2Para during their tour of Afghanistan Based at FOB Inkerman they are constantly on the frontlinehe takes us through the operation in journal style starting from the uiet eriod during the harvest as they settle in through full on war with set Multicultural Partnerships piece company uick attacks and then the cool down towards the end of their deployment as winter approachesOf interest is the myriad of demands on his time dealing with thehysical state of the FOB during a DV outbreak being key and also the numerous support assets he gets to A Convent Tale play withThere are some annoying aspects mostarticularly his references to NLP and his warrior meditations All in however this is a thoroughly good book dealing with the key level of command He deals both with direction from above whilst being free to make his own Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology plans true mission command in action Excellent book Reads like a diary very simplistic and lacking the bigicture feel of some memoirs The details are very simple and repetitive That said it s still gripping and incredibly inspirational This is an intensely honest and fascinating account of a six month infantry tour in Helmand in Summer 2008 It is Ethics for Police Translators and Interpreters particularlyoignant because the British Government had no clear mission in Afghanistan and much has been written and debated about it then and sinceTo Immigration Nation put B Company 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment s supreme efforts in context General David D McKiernan Commander of the International Security Assistance Force ISAF said in 2009 The NATO mission in Afghanistan reuires a full commitment by those with the capabilities. In 2008 Major Russell Lewis commanded a company of 200 soldiers from the British Army's legendary Parachute Regiment on a six month tour in the most dangerousart of Afghanistan Living in a remote base and under constant threat of attack from all sides by the Taliban they were on red alert 24 hours a day seven days a week for every one of those six months And through that entire Vilfredo Pareto period the man in sole charge was Maj Lewis Here is his story a riveting firsterson account of incredible bravery telling what it is like to hav.

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