War is hell…but sometimes it’s also funny as hell.
Combat and Other Shenanigans is Lieutenant Piers Platt’s firsthand account of his year as a cavalry platoon leader during the Iraq War. Wry, action-packed, and poignant, Combat and Other Shenanigans is the absurd-but-true story of the antics the world’s finest soldiers get up to when no one high-ranking is watching.
“Few war stories are both comical and serious, but this one-year memoir is unique.”
-Crystal Book Reviews
“An honest account of one officer's tour in Iraq. 5 stars.”
-John P. Jones
“Everything about Platt's writing felt authentic. I liked that his experiences really did translate from life to the page and into the reader's mind. Great read.”
-Texas Book Nook
Subjects: Iraq War, War Memoir, Humor, Funny, Military History, War on Terror, Biographies & Memoirs - Military, Leaders and Notable People, Veterans, History - Middle East - Iraq, History - United States - Iraq War.
Sons of Hope is based on the daily diary entries kept while he was assigned to Delta Company, 3rd Battalion, 172 Infantry (Mountain) from January 2005 to May 2006. Ahern’s story begins with the mobilization training the platoon and company endured at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and then Fort Irwin, California, leaving the United States in May 2005. He provides details on the platoon’s counterinsurgency operations, daily patrols, nightly raids, the constant fear of IEDs and suicide bombers, and the never ending search for an unseen enemy.
A vivid and detailed account, Sons of Hope provides insight into what life was like for a frontline soldier in Iraq conducting offensive operations. It communicates the importance of the sacrifices soldiers and their families have made in the last decade of war.