The rounds were single shot from the same two enemy positions, trying to pick me off. They were kicking up the dirt around me. Then all hell broke loose as the gunship's Gatling vomited ammo right over my head. The sound was deafening. It was now or never. I got up and ran.
A captain in 29 Commando, Johnny Mercer served in the army for 12 years. On his third tour of Afghanistan, he was a joint fires controller, with the pressurized job of bringing down artillery and air strikes in close proximity to his own troops. Based in an area of Northern Helmand that was riddled with Taliban leaders, he walked into danger with every patrol, determined to protect them. Then, one morning, in brutal close-quarter combat, everything changed....
In We Were Warriors, Johnny takes us from his commando training to the heat, blood and chaos of battle. With brutal honesty he describes what it is like to risk your life every day, pushing through the fear that follows watching your friends die. He took the fight back to the enemy with a relentless efficiency that came at a high personal cost. Back in the UK, seeing the inadequate care available for veterans and their families, he was inspired to run for Parliament in the hope he could improve their plight. Unflinching, action-packed and laced with wry humour, We Were Warriors is a compelling listen.
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Unlike so many over inflated accounts of British service during the Afghanistan conflict, this book offers a brutally honest, gritty & truly humbling journey. From boyhood, through a career as a British Army Officer, to his opening speech in Parliament, Johnny Mercer bares his soul for the reader to share the physical & mental challenges undertaken by British Service men & women deployed on the front line.
Essential reading for all those wishing to join HM Armed Forces, it details operational & welfare challenges still faced today & the heavy burden silently carried by a generation of warfighters.