- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Michael Joseph Ltd (4. September 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0718153995
- ISBN-13: 978-0718153991
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 3,2 x 24,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 863.236 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Joint Force Harrier (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. September 2008
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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.
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. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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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.
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.
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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