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Joint Force Harrier [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Adrian Orchard , James Barrington
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4. September 2008
Afghanistan, October 2006: British soldiers are engaged in the most intense, sustained fighting they'd faced since the hell of the Korean War. Against a fierce, experienced and frighteningly motivated enemy, their lives too often depended on the success of danger - close, pin-point attacks pressed home from the air. But what most people back home didn't know was that, during that violent winter, those attacks were being flown by the Royal Navy. When 800 Naval Air Squadron - callsign 'Recoil' - arrived in theatre, their Boss, Commander Adrian Orchard, knew there could be no slip ups. Day and night, the Fleet Air Arm crews were on constant alert, ready to scramble their heavily armed Harrier jets at a moment's notice in support of men on the ground.The call wasn't slow in coming. Just fifteen minutes after getting airborne for the first time, Orchard and his wingmen were in the thick of it, called in after an Apache helicopter gunship was forced back by heavy fire. The first book written by a serving British fast jet pilot since the 1991 Gulf War, "Joint Force Harrier" offers an unprecedented, heart-stopping insight into the realities of modern air warfare. The complexity and sophistication of the equipment may have moved on since the epic air battles of WWII, but it's clear that the courage, skill and character of the men engaged in this brutal struggle for a country's survival has not.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Michael Joseph Ltd (4. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0718153995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718153991
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 16,2 x 3,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 631.528 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'A hardcore insight into the courage and brutal struggle our soldiers in Afghanistan face' Zoo 'Gripping ... a white-knuckle ride in the face of intense fire' News of the World -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Afghanistan, October 2006: British soldiers are engaged in the most intense, sustained fighting they'd faced since the hell of the Korean War. Against a fierce, experienced and frighteningly motivated enemy, their lives too often depended on the success of danger - close, pin-point attacks pressed home from the air. But what most people back home didn't know was that, during that violent winter, those attacks were being flown by the Royal Navy. When 800 Naval Air Squadron - callsign 'Recoil' - arrived in theatre, their Boss, Commander Adrian Orchard, knew there could be no slip ups. Day and night, the Fleet Air Arm crews were on constant alert, ready to scramble their heavily armed Harrier jets at a moment's notice in support of men on the ground.The call wasn't slow in coming. Just fifteen minutes after getting airborne for the first time, Orchard and his wingmen were in the thick of it, called in after an Apache helicopter gunship was forced back by heavy fire. The first book written by a serving British fast jet pilot since the 1991 Gulf War, "Joint Force Harrier" offers an unprecedented, heart-stopping insight into the realities of modern air warfare.

The complexity and sophistication of the equipment may have moved on since the epic air battles of WWII, but it's clear that the courage, skill and character of the men engaged in this brutal struggle for a country's survival has not.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ein "netter" Bericht, aber ohne Tiefe 11. Dezember 2010
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Als Bericht zur Situation "über" Afghanistan (keine A2A-Bedrohung (ausser Mid-Air-Collisions), kaum/wenig Bedrohung vom Boden, etc.) ist dieses Buch ganz nett zu lesen - aber mehr leider auch nicht.

Während einige typische Einsätze kurz beschrieben werden, wird in langen Textpassagen über die Bedingungen auf dem Flughafen, der Geschichte des Harrier und der Royal Navy allgemein geschrieben - ohne dem Leser wirklich zu vermitteln, was den Harrier (und das Fliegen des Harriers) so besonders macht. Durch den Mangel an Spannung, Grenzwert-Erfahrungen, Rückschlägen, interessanten Gedankengängen, kritischen Anmerkungen und/oder technischen Details verbleibt das Buch auf allen Gebieten auf einem oberflächlichen Niveau, ohne zu bewegen.

Für Leser, die sich gerne in ein Cockpit hineinversetzen wollen ist ein anderer britischer Autor empfehlenswert: Ed Macy und seine Bücher über den Apache - aber Vorsicht, dort geht es ungleich blutiger zu, der Krieg wird in diesen Büchern wesentlich direkter (da näher) erlebt.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen mehr Bericht als Geschichte 1. Februar 2013
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Habe einen Roman erwartet, aber es liest sich eher wie ein anschaulicher Bericht. Nicht ganz mein Geschmack, aber ganz ok.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Worthy but not a page turner (2.5 stars) 8. Juni 2009
Von Nick Brett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This is the story of the Harrier team based at Khandahar airport in Afghanistan. Written by Ade Orchard (with help from thriller writer and pilot James Barrington) It details life on the base and in the air, supporting troops under fire from the Taliban insurgents. The author is donating the profits from this book to a military charity, so if you only half fancy this book, buy it anyway.

The Harrier is an awesome aircraft which carries some serious ordinance and is critical in terms of responding quickly to support the ground forces that are in trouble. The squadron detachment to Afghanistan means being based at the airbase 100% of the time so it is quite an intense experience for the pilots and crews.

I am sorry to have to say I was slightly under whelmed with this one. There are a number of technical elements which some will enjoy, but in essence, the jet gets scrambled, flies to incident and drops ordinance onto target. Obviously considerable skill is needed, but it did not make for page turning excitement. Again, life on the base was generally just that - life on a military base. There were some elements that were interesting - the respect shown by the whole base as those who have fallen are airlifted out was very moving, an incident with a Health & Safety officer was amusing but not enough like this to really make me want to turn the next page.

Now, I've seen other reviews and I know I am going to get slaughtered on this one, but I honestly did not find it gripped me in the way that, for instance, Ed Macey's Apache did. These are brave people doing a fantastic job and if you are interested in knowing what it is like to fly one of these beasts, buy this book, if you want to see what life confined on a base is like, buy this book, in fact as the profit goes to charity, buy it anyway. Just don't expect a pulsating thrill ride.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-Written and Honest Account 1. Januar 2009
Von Jay A. Stout - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The story Commander Orchard tells is not one of terrifying combat against frightening odds. Nor should it be. The fight in Afghanistan is an insurgency rather than a world war.

Instead, the author expertly recounts the operations of his 800 Naval Air Squadron (800 NAS) in Afghanistan during the latter part of 2006. He and his pilots flew well-maintained jets (Harrier GR7s) on Close Air Support missions that undoubtedly saved the lives of many Coalition combatants. Although the anti-air threat was negligible, weather and terrain made the flying dangerous. Too, the close-in nature of the fighting on the ground demanded uncompromising precision in order to keep from killing friendlies; Orchard's pilots had to make the right decisions every time they got airborne.

This isn't an "edge of your seat" book, but it is an easy and enjoyable read. More important, it is an accurate no-nonsense account of squadron life and operations during a particular period in this particular war. To his credit, Commander Orchard doesn't try to make more of the sorties than what they were. It is more than enough that they saved lives.

If there is one fault with the book, it is the commander's hype of the Harrier--with its many shortcomings--as a premier Close Air Support aircraft. He brashly declares that the follow-on Harrier variant, the GR9, "is arguably the best Close Air Support platform in the world." In reality, the fact that Orchard's squadron did as well as it did is due more to the training and professionalism of his men and women than to the Harrier. That notwithstanding, this is a very forgivable transgression; few horsemen will believe that their mount is anything but the very best in the world.

In short, this is a good, well-written and honest account that will be a valuable addition to the historical record. I liked it very much.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting account of modern air war 15. August 2009
Von Michel Palacci - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the second book I read about the war in Afghanistan, the first one by a French Rafale pilot. The combination of both books gives a good idea about this type of fighting in the air. The technology in the cockpit, the lenght of the missions, the frequency of ennemy contacts, the surgical precision of the strikes, the extreme caution exercised to avoid blue on blue, the terror sometimes experienced by troops on the ground, the international nature of forces involved.
I also enjoyed accounts of life on the ground with its relative luxury for a war zone, the relative informality of relations between ranks, the stupidity of some ground pounders even in a war zone and I was especially moved by the account of a dead Royal Marine repatriation ceremony.
I would have enjoyed some more technical details of flying the 2nd generation Harrier because it is such a different airplane.
I gave it 4 stars because it is more interesting than gripping but the author did a good job conveying how it was while serving his tour as well as giving some historical background about the Harrier Joint Force.
The next book on my list about Afghanistan will be Apache: Inside the Cockpit of the World's Most Deadly Fighting Machine by Ed Macy.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen So, this is modern war. 11. Juni 2012
Von Swift - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Author, Cdr. Ade Orchard of the Welsh Navy, wrote an essentially honest account of his 4 month tour of duty as a Gr7 Harrier pilot in Afghanistan. A blurb by the "News of the World" on the cover states "Gripping .. a white-knuckle ride in the face of intense fire." While I realize the author is not responsible for the blurb, just to give you potential readers an idea, this is the number of times he or any of his squadron's pilots were shot at or faced hostile fire during their entire time in the skies over Afghanistan: ZERO.

Yes, that's right. ZERO. The missions consist of him or his squaddies flying out in their Gr7s and acting as mobile artillery and then flying back, occasionally, *gasp*, low on fuel. Physically brave in some sense? Sure, absolutely. Compelling reading? After you get the basics of how the system works, well, then, no. Mostly, it's about as interesting as the story of a boy stepping on an anthill as told by the boy.

We see in the author a characteristic so common of fighting men these days. He is not dumb. At two points in the book he pauses to reflect upon the futility and unwinnability of the war in Afghanistan (something that has come to pass as i write this review in 2012). I cannot help but think that such men are physically brave but somehow ethically less so. While he does ultimately come up with a theory that their presence does have a legitimate purpose in giving the fledgling Afghan democratic government time to grow, the reality is that even then its corruption and lack of popular support were well understood. This man outsourced his ethics - some might say that's the very definition of "duty", che sera sera and quite literally "went along for the ride" to the point where the "climax" of the book, so to speak, is when he finally got to drop some bombs, as if he had just beaten the boss in super mario brothers. Yay, let's cheer for him because now he'll get less ribbing back at the Army and Navy club at Pall Mall. Hooray!

To top if off, while he's probably a nice guy personally, he's also a bit unaware of his hypocrisy and borderline racism. When *he* needs to get to his plane for a mission, it's apparently ok to break base rules and belittle a military cop. when a cargo plane makes an approach to Kandahar not to his liking but admittedly legal and non-conflicting, on the other hand, the other pilot is a rule-breaking muppet operating dangerously. Do the cargo pilots get respect for delivering vital supplies using outdated equipment? No, they're not Welsh Navy or Welsh Air Force and not even the grudgingly tolerable Americans, so they get the lash. Comes across as a jammy wan-kah at times, he really does.

Some interesting detail about how the harrier pilots work with ground forces. After some initial bit about landing on a carrier is done with, no information whatsoever about how the harrier's unique vertical/stol capailities are used in theatre, if they are indeed used at all. Some interesting discussion as to why the pilots are unlikely to ever face a stinger missile in afghanistan, theoretically their biggest threat.

This large print book can be read over the course of a few hours. If you're interested in a throwaway read on a rainy day, it's fine. Beyond that, it ranks as as average to below average in a genre where the standard for publication is quite low already.

Incidentally: you may be wondering why I refer to him as belonging to the "Welsh Navy." Well, there are close to 50 places in the book where he refers to people and things that should be referred to as "Soviet" (Army in Afghanistan) or "Ukrainian" (Antonov aircraft) as "Russian." The term "Soviet Union" doesn't appear to be in his vocabulary. If he can't be bothered to give the bare minimum of respect to others by getting their name right, then he should get no better.
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Von dtheta/dr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Now that the British experience with Harrier has a neat bow and the F-35 V/STOL must squeek by as USMC I enjoyed basking in the danger with those who went on from the early doubts in 1969 to skijump and all that and then land in the ferocious crosswinds and storms of Southwest Asia.
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