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Apache: Inside the Cockpit of the World's Most Deadly Fighting Machine Hardcover – Import, 6 May 2009
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Even then, the British contribution to the International forces in Iraq is tiny, so the chance to use his hard won skills in combat is limited. Macy explains the disposition of forces in his assigned area, and reasons why it is so important to enemy units. It is a tribute to the choppers and men that they were able to function in the desert environment so effectively.
The same author published the second book, that one describing his experiences during his the first tour in Afghanistan. Hope it is as good as this one. But decided to go for the book 'Dressed to Kill' written by Ed Macy's mate flying one of the second pair of Apaches - Charlotte. Will be interesting to compare male and female point of view of the same cirstumstances, actions, ways of military life etc.
What is also important for me that this book shows how different is British attitude to war, soldiering and world in general comparing to American one.
I'm giving it 5 stars both for contents and interesting topic as well as quality of writing, in every aspect.
Apache is a well written account somewhere in the middle years of the conflict. ISAF were responding with massive ordinance and air strikes against single Taliban targets. The kit was avaliable and was used. Ed Macy brings this considered balanced response out well in the text. Yes there is plenty of action and hot gun barrels and he clearly enjoyed flying the Apache helicopter. However there is also the use of brains and how best to defeat their enemy within measure.
I enjoyed the book much more than I had expected from the introduction and the blurb. The book climaxes with a daring attack and rescue raid - with people on the ground in the middle of the action making their own decisions - and making an impact. If they made a film of it, you wouldn't believe that it could happen. Enjoy and learn. Thank you Ed.
I enjoyed the way the book was designed. It began with a mission from Macy's previous assignment at Camp Bastion where he was assigned the recovery of two SBS team members who were either missing or killed in an encounter with the Taliban. It then fast forwards to later in that same year when Macy has been assigned to that same Camp once again. After a brief time away from this particular hot spot designated for defense by the British, Macy was once again on that same ground as a pilot of the Apache helicopter. I've seen one of these birds sitting on a runway. They are truly impressive in their "ugliness". What a wonderful idea to use "Ugly" as the designation call sign for these warrior machines.
This is a book written very much in "military speak" but every effort has been made to help those of us unfamiliar with some of the terminology and the military's love of abbreviations to be able to follow the action without too much trouble. A glossary is provided along with an index and the glossary especially comes in extremely handy for non-military personnel such as myself. After reading for a short while I realized that I was learning what most of the alphabet soup meant just by the context of the story. This entire book is showing the abilities and the capabilities of the helicopter, the pilots, and the entire force of troops required to keep the helicopters flying. But the book isn't completely given over to one mission after another. There is a lot of background information given concerning Macy himself and his relationships with those he is serving with. All of which go a long, long way to personalize the people and the situations and to explain why they found themselves in the situation of a collective imperative resolve to rescue Lance Corporal Mathew Ford. What a wonderfully humanizing touch it was to have that young man referred to as Mathew while the rescue was taking place and after his recovery. It brought the entire situation down to a very personal level.
I appreciate all of the different elements which were included in the book; the maps of Helmand, the diagrams of the Koshtay attack, the drawings of Jugroom Fort and especially the one showing the Apaches on the ground at Jugroom Fort. They helped me visualize the rescue so much better. I also enjoyed the many color pictures included in the book. And I must not leave out Rocco, but everybody needs to find out about him themselves.
This is a very good book and I highly recommend it for reading by both men and women alike. It doesn't matter how you feel about war in general, we all need to be aware of deeds of heroism which take place on a daily basis on our behalf. If we can't all go there, at least we can show our support and respect for those who do.
Added June 9, 2009---I've just learned that Macy's next book is due out in early September of 2009. I'm looking forward to reading that one.