From Three Block War: U.S. Marines in Iraq, author Matt Zeigler ‘chopped’ Fallujah 5K; which chronicles the hard-core ground assault of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines during Operation Phantom Fury, the second battle of Fallujah in November 2004. Hailing from the swamps of Camp Lejeune, the proud warriors of 1/8 proved 2nd Marine Division was second to none! Unlike other Marine and army units that assaulted Fallujah in amtracks, tanks, LAVS, Humvees, Strykers or Bradleys, the 1/8 assaulted on foot the entire three-mile depth of Fallujah; which became known as the ‘Fallujah 5K.’ Fallujah’s treacherous streets and alleys thrived with mujahideen wielding AK-47s and machine guns. While keeping alert for ambushes and IEDs at street level, snipers took aim from above inside the towering minarets of mosques. But even when they were caught by machine-gun crossfire, One-Eight overcame all obstacles in the bloody streets of Fallujah.
With his irreverant personality, laid-back approach, and penchant for the unexpected, Joe Maddon is a singular presence among Major League Baseball managers. Whether he's bringing clowns and live bear cubs to spring training or leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in 108 years, Maddon is always one to watch. In Try Not to Suck, ESPN's Jesse Rogers and MLB.com's Bill Chastain fully explore Maddon's life and career, delving behind the scenes and dissecting that mystique which makes Maddon so popular with players and analysts alike. Packed with insight, anecdotes, and little-known facts, this is the definitive account of the curse-breaker and trailblazer at the helm of the Cubs' new era.
Three Block War: Vigilant Resolve is an excerpt of the full-length Three Block War. Vigilant Resolve recounts the action of Marines in the first Fallujah battle of April 2004 against Iraqi mujahideen. Marine units included 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, which battled insurgents in ‘The Jolan,’ a congested northwestern Fallujah neighborhood where the 2/1 engaged in vicious urban combat. In the southeast, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines advanced from an industrial zone into Fallujah’s urban battle template; which included IEDs, ambushes, indirect fire, and snipers firing from the towering minarets of mosques. One-Five and Two-one’s main assault was reinforced by ‘Darkside,’ 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines; and supported by units such as Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, which endured a brutal ambush in rural farmland south of Fallujah.
Over The Side: Black Marines of WWII is a story of men who not only overcame the challenge of the Marine Corps and war, but perils of racism as well. Their saga began at Montford Point in North Carolina, where combat units were forged that served in the Marines’ gallant amphibious assault campaigns of World War II’s Pacific Theater. From bloody beaches and treacherous jungles of battlegrounds at Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa they earned the valor of United States Marines.
Three Block War: The Cutting Edge, excerpted from the full-length Three Block War: U.S. Marines in Iraq, recounts the exploits of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II, 2003-2004. As a maneuver battalion of Regimental Combat Team 7, the 3/7 began OIF I securing Rumaila Oil Field in southern Iraq. At Rumaila, 3/7, reinforced with 1st Tank Battalion, engaged elements of Iraq’s 32nd Brigade, and captured the headquarters of 51st Mechanized Division. After fighting its way through Basrah and encountering scattered resistance in Central Iraq, 3/7 fought Republican Guard units at Salman Pak; a Baghdad suburb. Inside Baghdad, 3/7, nicknamed “The Cutting Edge,” saw more gun battles with Republican guards and asymmetric forces; including a battle at Rasheed Air Base. During OIF II in 2004, Three-Seven was assigned to the cutting edge of Western Iraq’s Anbar Province: the Syrian border. At Husaybah, a half-mile from the border, Kilo 3/7’s Cpl. Jason Dunham won the Medal of Honor, posthumously, after a convoy ambush on April 14, 2014. Three days after Cpl. Dunham’s heroics, the entire battalion returned to Husaybah and battled 300 mujihedeen.
Three Block War: Phantom Fury recounts the combat operations of U.S. Marine units in the legendary second battle of Fallujah in November 2004. Extracted from the full-length Three Block War: U.S. Marines in Iraq, Phantom Fury details 3/1 and 3/5 Marines’ attack into Fallujah’s western Jolan enclave; which included bloody street fighting and deadly house-to-house combat against fortified mujihedeen. In Eastern Fallujah’s Askari district 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines also endured brutal closed-quarters urban battle as it fought its way to the southern objective of ‘Queens.’
Three Block War: Darkside chronicles 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2004. ‘Chopped’ from the full-length Three Block War: U.S. Marines in Iraq, Darkside first recounts 3/4’s assault to Baghdad in 2003; which began with battles against Iraq’s 51st Mechanized Division at Basrah. The Three-four, also known as ‘Darkside,’ then engaged Republican Guard formations and asymmetric threats in central Iraq at Diwaniyah and al-Kut. Before 1st Marine Division entered Baghdad, Darkside breached a minefield and braved artillery fire during the Diyala River crossing that allowed access to the capital. When the battalion, remaining under command of Lt. Col. B.P. McCoy, returned to Iraq in the spring of 2004, it was assigned to the Haditha Dam area. While it secured Haditha with small-unit patrols, 3/4 also saw combat action during the first battle of Fallujah in April 2004; and north of Fallujah at ‘Bad’ Kharma.
Matt Zeigler tells a part-true sci-fi tale of his voluntary abduction into the U.S. Marine Corps. More than any organization on Earth, U.S. Marines are alien in both thoughts and actions. Zeigler recounts in vivid details how he was transformed from a high school jock into a trained killer. Part I delves into the author's mental/physical torture by his Drill Instructors at Parris Island.