Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale by Peter R. Mansoor

By Peter R. Mansoor

This compelling publication offers an unheard of list of what occurred after U.S. forces seized Baghdad within the spring of 2003. military Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, the on-the-ground commander of the first Brigade, 1st Armored Division—the “Ready First wrestle Team”—describes his brigade’s first 12 months in Iraq, from the sweltering, chaotic summer time after the Ba’athists’ defeat to the move of sovereignty to an intervening time Iraqi executive a yr later. Uniquely located to monitor, list, and determine the occasions of that fateful 12 months, Mansoor now explains what went correct and mistaken because the U.S. army faced an insurgency of unforeseen power and tenacity.

 

Drawing not just on his personal day-by-day strive against magazine but in addition on observations through embedded newshounds, information studies, wrestle logs, archived e-mails, and plenty of different resources, Mansoor bargains a latest checklist of the valor, motivations, and get to the bottom of of the first Brigade and its attachments in the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom. but this e-book has a deeper value than a private memoir or unit heritage. Baghdad at Sunrise presents a close, nuanced research of U.S. counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, and besides it significantly vital classes for America’s army and political leaders of the twenty-first century.

 

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Later, at a professional development session in Baghdad in 2004, I asked the assembled senior leaders of my brigade how many had ever participated in a reforger exercise and was stunned when only five others raised their hands. The Army that invaded Iraq in 2003, except for its senior leadership, was clearly shaped more by the Gulf War, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo than by the Cold War. My squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Don Holder, was a supremely talented officer, an outstanding tactician, and an educated leader who in his previous assignment at Fort Leavenworth had helped draft the Army’s new operational doctrine in the 1982 version of Field Manual 100-5, which ushered in the era of air-land battle.

Tahrir Square was the site of a huge open market, which made vehicular movement difficult. The tunnel allowed quicker movement but became the scene of numerous ambushes as insurgents lobbed grenades onto vehicles as they entered or exited. After crossing the Jumhuriya Bridge over the Tigris River, we entered the Green Zone, which marked the midpoint in our journey. Upon exiting the western side of the Green Zone, we traveled along Route Irish, which later became the most dangerous road in Iraq as insurgents ambushed traffic moving between Coalition Provisional Authority (cpa) headquarters and biap.

For two years I fought battles that taught me a great deal about the tactics, techniques, and procedures of mechanized warfare—large-unit battles predicated on fighting an enemy loosely modeled after the now defunct Red Army. As opfor, the Baghdad 17 Blackhorse troopers played the role of soldiers of “Krasnovia,” a fictitious state with a Soviet-style army. Besides being professionally rewarding, it was also a lot of fun. , where I was assigned to the Pentagon as the Special Assistant to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff.

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