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Combat Mission Kandahar
The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan
By (author): T. Robert Fowler
9781459735163 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / Afghan War Afghanistan Aug 06, 2016
$24.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 440 gr 272 pages 79 B&W illustrations, Index, notes, Dundurn
Seven soldiers. Seven military specialties. Seven stories.

What was it like to serve in the combat mission in Afghanistan? Journalists’ reports from 2006 to 2011 could only give brief glimpses of the reality on the ground for Canadian soldiers. This book reveals the full story of what happened to seven soldiers, ranking from corporal to captain, who were deployed during Operation ATHENA, Phase 2. The operation became known as “the combat mission” as Canadian battle groups engaged in a deadly multi-year war of counter-insurgency in Kandahar province. Each of the seven soldier’s experiences covered in Combat Mission Kandahar highlights a facet of one of Canada’s longest, most complicated, and challenging operations.

  • Based on dramatic interviews with soldiers who transport readers to the reality on the ground in Canada's largest combat mission in Kandahar Province.
  • Includes interviews with soldiers whose identities are protected by false names to safeguard them against reprisals from the enemy.
  • Brimming with dramatic details about soldiers’ experiences in Afghanistan, painting a full picture of the bravery and sense of duty involved.
  • A detailed account, compellingly told and refreshingly jargon-free.
  • Includes a chronology of Task Force Kandahar and the insurgency warfare they confronted upon arrival.
  • Each chapter gives detail and depth to soldiers with wide-ranging specialities, such as Explosives Ordinance Disposal and the Psy-Ops.

T. Robert Fowler is the author of several books about the military, including Courage Rewarded and Valour on Juno Beach. His articles on Canadian military history have appeared in The Canadian Army Journal and Canadian Military History, among others. He lives in Nepean, Ontario.

Fowler’s combination of open–source research and detailed interviews paint a broader and more granular picture of what different types of soldiers did during Rotations (ROTOs) 1 through 10 of Operation Athena, Phase 2, between 2006 and 2011. -

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Combat Mission Kandahar: The Canadian Experience in Afghanistan is an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Canadian Military History collections. - Midwest Book Review

exceptionally engaging … Fowler is a consummate writer - Canadian Military History

Fowler gives readers an insightful cross-section view of Operation Athena … Through these seven firsthand accounts, Fowler paints portraits of soldiers who were dedicated, loyal, and highly trained, and of whom Canada can be proud. - Publishers Weekly

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