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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407092850
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The March Up



In the first book to come directly from the front lines of the war in Iraq, here is an insider's look at the dramatic sequence of events that unfolded during the 1st Marine Division's 22-day assault from Kuwait to Baghdad.

Exploding pressure cookers, a thwarted wife's deadly revenge and transvestites in distress – manning an ambulance in the seventies kept you on your toes.

Having survived the rites of passage as a probationer, Les Pringle now has to face up to the reality of life as an ambulance man in Thatcher’s Britain. He does this with humour and fortitude - two qualities which are essential if he is to cope with cases ranging from the absurd to the heart rending.

From attending murder scenes to delivering babies … it’s quite a life for Les, and one that he and his shift mates tread with warmth and humour in equal measure.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407092850
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the authors

Bing West

Bing West is the author of several books, including the Vietnam classic The Village and the best-selling novel The Pepperdogs and The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division. He served as a Marine in Vietnam and was Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan and dean of research at the Naval War College.

Ray Smith

A highly decorated Marine, Major General Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.) has served in Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut. He lives in North Carolina. He is a renowned expert in urban combat and infantry tactics. With Bing West he is the author of The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division.

Praise for The March Up

This book will stand as the definitive account about the nature of ground combat as we enter the twenty-first century. A gripping and honest account of war as told by two distinguished veterans.

James Schlesinger, former US Secretary of Defence and former Director of Central Intelligence

An important and unflinching chronicle of contemporary warfare. Regardless of one's position on the war in Iraq - on any war - The March Up speaks with authority and legitimacy and cuts to the very bone to reveal the experience of the modern, fighting infantryman.

Gen. Anthony C. Zinni

This is the face of the war as only those who have fought it can describe it.

John McCain

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