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Stuart Tootal
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4. März 2010
Colonel Stuart Tootal is the first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting in Afghanistan. A gritty portrayal of unforgiving conflict, Danger Close captures the essence of combat, the risks involved and the aftermath. 3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that has not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War. Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost. On returning from Afghanistan, Tootal fought to get proper treatment for his wounded and feeling frustrated with the Government's treatment of its soldiers, he resigned from the Army. This is a dramatic, and often moving insight into the leadership of soldiers and the sharp end of war.

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: John Murray Publishers (4. März 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1848542585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848542587
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 13,2 x 19,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 204.417 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'At last, a commander telling us the cold, harsh truth about this war. An excellent and compelling read' Andy McNab 'A gripping first-hand account of the realities of frontline command at the start of the bitterest war that Britain has fought for generations' Patrick Bishop, author of 3 PARA 'Tootal offers the perspective of a man in charge ... he tells the story well ... passionate admiration for his men is matched by disdain for others' Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'The first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting, Tootal's book is refreshingly free of the gung-ho machismo and sentimentality that afflicts other lesser entries of the genre' The Sunday Tribune 'Gripping account' Essex Chronicle Series 'Captures the essence of combat...a gritty portrayal of unforgiving combat' East London Enquirer

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Colonel Stuart Tootal has served in Germany, Northern Ireland, the Gulf War and during the invasion of Iraq. He also served in the MOD, for which he was awarded the OBE. In 2006, he commanded 3 PARA in Afghanistan and was awarded a DSO for outstanding leadership and gallantry. He subsequently set up the 3 PARA Afghan Trust charity, on leaving the Army. He now works in the City and is a defence commentator for a major national TV network, numerous papers and radio programmes. He regularly lectures on leadership in challenging environments and his experiences in Afghanistan to forums. Danger Close is his first book.


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Ein gutes Buch geschrieben durch der Bataljonchef der englische Fallschirmjäger. Er schreibt über sein Ängsten und Unfriede über die Politik.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good book on the Brits in Afghanistan by the CO of 3 Para 20. Oktober 2010
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Unlike many books on the British Forces in Afghanistan, this one is written by the CO of 3 Para on their first tour in Helmand, and it gives a really good account from the CO's perspective. The author, Col. Stuart Tootal, is the first senior British commander to provide an account of the fighting in Afghanistan and personally, I didn't put it down until I'd finished it. It's an erudite, well-written and balanced account by a CO who displayed real leadership and integrity throughout his time as CO and I'd recommend it highly.

Lieutenant Colonel John Stuart Craig Tootal (DSO OBE) had already enjoyed a successful military career when he was awarded command of the British Army's Parachute Regiment 3rd Battalion, or 3 Para as it was more simply known. In April 2006, the 1200 soldiers of 3 Para left England for the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, just across the border with Pakistan. Danger Close is their story. The two best things about the story, in my opinion anyway, are the way Col. Tootal paints a good picture of events on the ground and also exposes the many flaws of the faceless ministers and bureaucrats who are making a sham of fighting the conflict.

Commanding in the field is, Tootal admits, an imprecise science. Critical decisions must often be based on incomplete information and implemented without the luxury of prevarication. New troops coming into the conflict are often young and inexperienced - one group shown in the book had to wait at home after their basic training to turn 18 before they could go to war. The books quite well balanced in that it gives both low level experiences that you would get from an on-the-ground soldier and the higher level picture of trying to do the right thing by your men while dealing with the politics and cost-cutting from above.

Reading the book, you can feel his frustration as political mission creep imposes more and more difficulties on him and his overtasked Battalion. You can feel his pain as his men are killed and wounded as the Battalion becomes embroiled in ceaseless combat with the Taliban. Tootal is scathing about the way the wounded are treated once back in UK. The final chapter covers this in detail: "Fighting the Peace" is the moving story of the return of 3 PARA to the UK, and particularly of the MOD's treatment of the injured (now that the MOD shares existing National Health Service facilities rather than using dedicated military hospitals), and fighting to ensure that soldiers who have been disabled or mutilated in the service of their country aren't just kicked out of the Army. Lastly, although we have been well aware of post-traumatic stress disorder for decades now, the chapter outlines that the facilities and procedures in place for dealing with it are laughable at best.

Tootal displays what's best about the British Army - the dedication and committment of many of the officer corps to the welfare of their men, both before, during and after combat missions. This comes through very strongly in the book, even more so when you learned he resigned from the Army shortly after 3 Para's 1st tour of Helmand, partly in protest at the lack of support for British Soldiers involved in the fighting - lack of equipment and training and the poor support for the wounded being his primary issues. However, this does not appear to have coloured his memoir. Throughout, he writes with nothing but respect for his men and for his superiors in the field.

Read in conjunction with Patrick Bishops 3 Para about the same tour, written by a journalist embedded with 3 Para for the tour.
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We'll-written account by a senior field commander faced with doing what the Paras have historically done best -making do with inadequate resources, but with an excess of grit and determination.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Bril Book 14. November 2012
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Ex Army, I found the events of this book brilliant told with some very truthful facts given at the end.
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