WOODBRIDGE, England (PRWEB) April 25, 2015 -- War is a double-edged sword. It does not knock down the target without reciprocally causing injury to the culprit. In a harrowing account of his time in the battlefield, author Trevor Coult MC accurately portrays this aphorism, revealing a forgotten part of history that is only now disclosed and told by the same man who has seen and lived through its horrors.
"First into Sangin" (published by Xlibris UK) is the story of the forgotten platoon and band of men who were the first British Soldiers to occupy the House in Sangin District at the start of the Herrick Campaign. These men were handpicked by the commanding officer of the First Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment. The soldiers involved were at the top of their game and the fittest within the unit; one soldier in particular had been awarded the Military Cross for a complex ambush in Baghdad on the previous tour, but due to combat and casualties, kept this hidden from his platoon. Narrating in the first person, the same man now unveils the truth about what happened in their entry and how, despite limited equipment and the devastating loss of comrades, they managed to control the town before bullets were exchanged.
Poignant and fast-paced, "First into Sangin" shows that the casualties of war not only pertain to those who were lost, but also to those who were left to endure the loss. It also shows the true commitment of a British soldier through all emotions including the death of his friends and portrays the difficult decisions that a commander has to make in order to minimize damage while also maintaining the upper hand in a place where death lingers from all sides.
“First into Sangin”
By Trevor Coult MC
Hardcover | 6x9in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781499096569
Softcover | 6x9in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781499096545
E-Book | 310 pages | ISBN 9781499096552
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About the Author
Trevor Raywood Coult MC joined the Royal Irish Regiment on July 4, 1994, after passing out of ITB Strensal; he was posted to his unit who were based in Episkopi Garrison Cyprus. He then went on to serve in Northern Ireland, Canada, Oman, Brunei, Kenya, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Germany and Afghanistan. He completed ten operational tours and was awarded the Military Cross by her Majesty the Queen on December 6, 2006, for actions he carried out in Baghdad; he was also presented with the presidential seal by the president of the United States of America George W. Bush on March 17, 2008, while at the White House.
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