What are some good memoirs about the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

What are some good memoirs about the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Something more from the perspective of a regular Joe Schmoe grunt on the ground rather than the more “intellectual” wheres whats and whys of an officer in command.

I love books like With the Old Breed and One Soldier’s War and numerous memoirs of soldiers/mercenaries in Africa, but the most recent memoir of an American soldier I’ve read was from Vietnam.

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gen Kill

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      bro, you never heard of the generation kill?

      That was from a journalist, not soldiers

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      bro, you never heard of the generation kill?

      Looking for more memoirs of a combatant who was there, not a journalist who was imbedded with combatants

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The embedded journalist was there with the troops.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This. Author is a total libtard but it's funny how all the boredom makes him start enjoying the war. The series is pretty faithful to the book too.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    bro, you never heard of the generation kill?

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hogs in the Shadows was alright enough, less bluster than sniping looters after Katrina, but a good enough read.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    House to House, but it was 2005-2006. The official military has free histories which often include first hand accounts.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I did a year there as an E4 Bradley driver doing patrols every day. Anything in particular you want to know?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How did you lose the Iraq war?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        They just kept bombing the fuck out of us. It's that simple. Drones wouldn't have helped us. Artillery wouldn't have helped us. More tanks wouldn't have helped us. More soldiers wouldn't have helped us.

        Motherfuckers just stuck to simple "plant bomb in the middle of the road and wait" strategy and it fucking worked. Strong enough to fuck things up, and they were never around when they went off.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How did you cope with the heat inside of the Vehicle?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >How did you cope with the heat inside of the Vehicle?

        Shit, at first I almost went crazy. I was ready to run motherfuckers over. I thought my brain was frying. Just got to deal with it, eventually you get used to it and just keep drinking water. Sucks and you get used to it. That's really all there is to it. It was extremely hot. Shit must have been like 110 degrees in side the vehicles at certain times. I don't think I'm exaggerating either. A/C didn't work a lot of times in the humvee and bradley didn't have any ac.

        We'd have to constantly hydrate. We'd roll out each patrol which took like 2 hours 3x a day a full cooler loaded with ice and water and just keep chugging.

        Opinions on Pentagon Wars?

        Never heard of that. Is it a movie? book?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous
          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            looks funny, I'm going to have to watch that later on. I remember once asking why the bradley had these "hook attachment" things on it and we never ever ever fucking used it, and one of my seniors said it was originally to hook up some kind of flotation things because the bradley was supposed to be amphibious. No idea if that's true or not. Believable, that one of it's intentions didn't work out thouhg.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Sounds like a nightmare especially with no a/c, did you find it took a while to adjust to temeratures at home once you got back?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Nah adapting to temperatures in the states wasn't an issue.

            It even got cold in Iraq too, just like in the states probably like winter in a lot of the East coast states.

            When we got to Iraq it was very rainy and cold if I remember correctly, then all of a sudden it got sunny and I think I went like 9 months straight without seeing a single cloud in the sky. Then it ended up getting real cold again before we left.

            But when it's hot, it's fucking hot. One of the issues was how we did things. Being in them not heavy vehicles, fully dressed with fucking heavy vests/plates on and kneepads/elbowpads. I imagine even Iraqis looking as like "those poor bastards".

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >When we got to Iraq it was very rainy and cold if I remember correctly, then all of a sudden it got sunny and I think I went like 9 months straight without seeing a single cloud in the sky. Then it ended up getting real cold again before we left.
              I thought Iraq was just always sunny I would never have suspected there to be rain that must have been bizarre.

              >Being in them not heavy vehicles, fully dressed with fucking heavy vests/plates on and kneepads/elbowpads. I imagine even Iraqis looking as like "those poor bastards".
              You had to wear all your regualr equipment? That must have been unbearable wouldn't they just let you wear 'regular clothes' like just a uniform and belt or something like that?

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >I thought Iraq was just always sunny I would never have suspected there to be rain that must have been bizarre.

                seemed normal to me. I guess I had been to so many places that I understood everywhere will have it's change of climate.

                >You had to wear all your regualr equipment? That must have been unbearable wouldn't they just let you wear 'regular clothes' like just a uniform and belt or something like that?

                full battle rattle.

                -regular uniform
                -weapon
                -webgear with six loaded magazines
                -flak jacket with plates
                -kneepads/elbowpads

                once I was doing guard in a tower and I smelt cs gas (I don't think anyone who went to a gas chamber will ever forget that smell), and knew it was a strange incident. no explanation. I figured it might have been someone fucking with me or some kind of legit shitty stupid attempt at a gas attack by some iraqi up to no good and I didn't report it at all over the walkie to anybody.

                I said fuck that bullshit. I'm not going to tell anyone about this shit because I know goddamn well top brass is going to get stupid and make us wear our gas masks and shit at all times. I would have no joke rather just taken my chances getting gassed to death.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >seemed normal to me. I guess I had been to so many places that I understood everywhere will have it's change of climate.
                Yeah I suppose its one of those things you just get used to.

                >I would have no joke rather just taken my chances getting gassed to death.
                Can't say I disagree with you there having to wear a gasmask ontop of your regular gear would be enough to send anyone over the edge.

                Sorry for the late reply anon I had to go for my tea, Thanks for answering my questions.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

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