This very system ambushed Captain Roger Hill and his men.
Hill, a West Point grad and decorated combat veteran, was a rising young officer who had always followed the letter of the military law. In 2007 Hill got his dream job: infantry commander in the storied 101st Airborne. His new unit, Dog Company, 1-506th, had just returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi. The men were brilliant in combat but unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections filled their days.
With tough love, Hill and his first sergeant, an old-school former drill instructor named Tommy Scott, turned the company into the top performers in the battalion.
Hill and Scott then led Dog Company into combat in Afghanistan, where a third of their men became battlefield casualties after just six months. Meanwhile, Hill found himself at war with his own battalion commander, a charismatic but difficult man who threatened to relieve Hill at every turn.
After two of his men died on a routine patrol, Hill and a counterintelligence team busted a dozen enemy infiltrators on their base in the violent province of Wardak. Abandoned by his high command, Hill suddenly faced an excruciating choice: follow army rules the way he always had, or damn the rules to his own destruction and protect the men he'd grown to love.
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By Ka Livingstone on 19-03-18
I loved this book. The thing that makes it a great read is the fact that the characters are real. it's heart breaking because of the pompous higher echelons of command sending and spending americian soilders lives due to military politics. a wonderful book exposing the plight of the coalition troops.
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By penname on 22-05-17
As a former Currahee, this book accurately portrays the best and worst of the 506. No other book or movie describes the frustrations of deployment and the ramifications of toxic leadership better than CPT Hill's account. It was amazing how much came flooding back after listening to Hill's recollection and how accurately he describes Afghanistan. Definitely worth your time.
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By D on 17-04-17
Having served under Captain Hill and First Sargent Scott for the 2008 to 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. I can say with out a doubt they we're the best company level leadership I had encountered in my almost five years at Fort Campbell. Their dedication and love for us (their men) was amazing. The book is true to life, we did not receive proper support and detainees we're repeatedly released even though we had evidence to support further detainment.
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