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Distant Thunder A Helicopter Pilot's Letters from War in Iraq and Afghanistan by Don Harward

Distant Thunder A Helicopter Pilot's Letters from War in Iraq and Afghanistan


Distant Thunder A Helicopter Pilot's Letters from War in Iraq and Afghanistan by Don Harward

Distant Thunder details the engrossing experiences of a helicopter pilot's tales of war told through letters that come straight from the heart. Often the author laboured well into the night after a mission still wearing the dusty flight suit which bore witness to the events he penned. Don Harward was torn between two worlds; his loyalty to his family and to his country. Like so many other soldiers, even on leave, he can always hear the dim roar of guns, the distant thunder of war, and is always summoned towards the sound. Pacific Wings, a prestigious New Zealand-based magazine, has previously published some letters which have been praised by a growing readership, both aviator and non flyer alike, for their ability to transport the reader into the world of war. Includes superb action photographs from Don's personal collection. An inspiring read.

About the Author

Don Harward is a twenty-five-year veteran of the US Army, he details action over Panama, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan, including Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, drawing also from his days in Army Special Ops, operating with 2-2 SAS. As a 160th SOAR pilot for a lot of his military career, his is a story that goes above and beyond the normal military lifestyle.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2012


Don Harward

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Grub Street


224 pages


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