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Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq by H. C. Tayler

Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq


Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq by H. C. Tayler

Through the winter of 2002/3, as Britain and the United States prepare for war with Iraq, one man above all others is doing his utmost to avoid conflict. Step forward Captain Harry Flashman, a staff officer with the Queen's Royal Hussars and distant descendant of legendary Victorian scoundrel General Sir Harry Flashman, VC. The passing generations have done nothing to fortify his moral fibre. Flashman's journey begins with a posting to Plymouth, home of the Royal Marines, in time to join the impending Gulf deployment. Despite his protestations he is shipped to Kuwait to begin a relatively secure job with Brigade Headquarters. But his plans for a cosy war spent safely behind a desk are rudely interrupted by an enforced move to a front-line unit. After bust-ups with the Americans and a foiled attempt to avoid the invasion altogether, Flashman finds himself in the one place he has tried so hard to avoid: the very vanguard of the assault. Landing by helicopter with the Royal Marines, he is soon footslogging through the mud and fighting for his life as the men of 42 Commando seize their objectives on the Al Faw Peninsula. Based on the experiences of the author, Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq is a historically accurate account of events in the Gulf during spring 2003 - embellished only slightly for the enjoyment of the reader.

About the Author

H C Tayler was commissioned into the Royal Marines in the late 1980s. Specialising in mountain and arctic warfare he spent much time in the Himlayas and Arctic Circle in the early 1990s, and later saw active service with the peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and Kosovo. He was part of the initial vanguard of troops deployed into Iraq in 2003 - the story of Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq is partially based on Tayler's first-hand experiences. A keen traveller, he has lived and worked in many parts of the world, and is currently based in South Africa. Tayler has an MA in linguistics from University College, London and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. He is married with three children.

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Publication date

1st November 2011


H. C. Tayler

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Arthur H.Stockwell Ltd


208 pages


War & combat fiction



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