With It or in It: Desert Shield and Desert Storm from the Loader's Hatch

Quixotic Raindrop Publishing
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With It or in It tells a captivating and unique story of the 1991 Persian Gulf War as seen from the loader's hatch of an M1A1 tank.
Using humor and frank candor, author Bacil Donovan Warren shares his personal experience, as well as that of his fellow tankers, as part of the US Army's 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (the "Brave Rifles") in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Warren recounts the initial shock of hearing about Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and his Regiment's preparation for deployment. He describes the stress and sometimes mind-numbing boredom of being stuck in the middle of the Arabian desert, constantly preparing for a possible Iraqi invasion. He recalls the terrifying experience of the start of the ground war and the workmanlike action during combat against Iraq's Republican Guard forces. With It or in It brings clarity and focus to their unceasing efforts to bring the conflict to a swift and decisive end. Finally, Warren describes the triumphant return of the Brave Rifles to Ft. Bliss, Texas, and the waiting arms of their families and loved ones.
Warren's fellow tankers have called With It or in It "honest and moving" (R. Bell) and "almost identical to the experiences I had myself" (W. Compton). The commanding officer of the author's Troop during Desert Shield and Desert Storm remarks that With It or in It "brilliantly captures what is the rarely described gritty and demanding life of an armor crewman" (R. Schultheis). Other reviewers remark that the author "tells the gripping tale of a man and his crew mates preparing to go to war" (A. Davis) and call it "an enjoyable and interesting memoir" (JReppy).
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About the author

 Bacil Donovan Warren was stationed as an M1 Tank Crewman in Germany—during the Cold War—and Texas. While serving with the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Bliss, Texas, he deployed for the Gulf War. His memoir With It or in It: Desert Shield and Desert Storm from the Loader's Hatch includes vivid, honest descriptions of his deployment, including offensive combat operations against the Iraqi Republican Guard.

After returning from the Gulf, Donovan was honorably discharged from the Army and attended the University of Arizona. Starting in 2006, Donovan worked for a private ambulance company, first as an EMT-Basic and, from 2008-2014, as an EMT-Paramedic. When not writing, he now helps run a small business, teaching CPR and other American Heart Association courses.

Donovan has also published a collection of modern poetry and prose about struggle and pain, Hooray for Pain!: Poetry and Prose about embracing life's difficulty in order to overcome it.

Donovan currently lives in Tucson, AZ.
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Quixotic Raindrop Publishing
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Feb 24, 2016
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History / Military / Persian Gulf War (1991)
History / Military / Veterans
History / United States / 20th Century
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