BATTLESPACE BOOK CLUB
12 May 08. In April 2006 a small British peace-keeping force was sent to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. Within weeks they were cut off and besieged by some of the world’s toughest fighters – the infamous Taliban, who were determined to send the foreigners home. Defence Secretary John Reid had hoped that Operation Herrick 4 could be accomplished without a shot being fired; but instead, the Army was drawn into some of the fiercest fighting it had seen for fifty years. Since then, millions of bullets and thousands of lives have been spent in an under-publicized but extremely bitter conflict, the end of which is still not in sight. How on earth did this happen? And what is it like for the troops on the front line of the ‘War on Terror’? In A Million Bullets, James Fergusson takes us to the dark heart of the battle zone. He speaks to the young veterans of Herrick 4, abandoned at the front line with neither the training nor the resources to safely do their jobs; he unmasks the civilian and military officials responsible for planning and executing the operation; and, with unique and extraordinary access to the Taliban themselves, he attempts to understand the motivation behind this bloody conflict. Controversial, fascinating and occasionally downright terrifying, A Million Bullets analyses the sorry slide into war in Helmand and asks this most troubling question: Could Britain perhaps have avoided the violence altogether? A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the British Army in Afghanistan, by James Fergusson, will be published on 2 June.
JAMES FERGUSSON IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW AND TO WRITE FEATURE ARTICLES
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May 08. Ethics Education in the Military. Edited by Paul Robinson, University of Ottawa, Canada, Dr Nigel de Lee, University of Hull, UK and Don Carrick, Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, UK. With formal ethics education programmes being a rarity in most countries’ armed forces, there is a growing importance for servicemen to undergo additional military ethics training. This book advances knowledge and understanding of the issues associated with this subject by bringing together experts from around the world to analyze the content, mode of instruction, theoretical underpinnings, and the effect of cultural and national differences within current ethics programmes. For further details: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754671145