There is no doubt that plenty of great acts of bravery have occurred over the years. The soldiers push to one side the immense levels of fear to complete their job professionally. This could be from defending your position, attacking the enemy or dragging your wounded colleagues to safety.
In Foreign Fields is a book that touches on these stories. The books features twenty five different soldiers from the operations in recent years. Between them they’ve earned medals during battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
How is the Book Set Out?
Each soldier explains a short history of their life and how they ended up where they were. This is interspersed with quotes from the official citations and the soldiers telling it in their own words about how things went down.
It doesn’t bog you down in needless details. Action is everywhere and the stories are short. They get to the point and get right in at the deep end.
You get to see the large-scale picture of certain battles. One soldier tells of how they earned their medal being held up in a building in Iraq facing the enemy.
They were running low on ammo and having an onslaught of enemy trying to kill them.
You then also have guys from the rescue force that went above and beyond and while attempting to help rescue the stranded unit performed admirably themselves to the point that warranted a medal for their bravery in the face of danger.
So is it Any Good?
In Foreign Fields is a great book if you like bags of action and it’s better than Task Force Black if you want to be entertained rather than informed. But Collins has also written a book you don’t have to read in one sitting or face getting lost. There are twenty-five accounts of heroics. You can pick it up, read one or two and then leave it for a while.
A good fitting for your bedside table to dip in and out of.
The book is written from the soldiers point of view and they tell their own stories in their own words. They explain how and why they made certain decisions on the battlefield on the day and their thoughts afterwards from the outcome of these situations.
There are also some lighthearted parts. Everyone knows cheerfulness in the face of adversity is a great trait in British soldiers. To remain cracking the funnies when under heavy fire is what makes British forces what they are.