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The Resource The ragged edge : a US marine's account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion, Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp

The ragged edge : a US marine's account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion, Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp

Label
The ragged edge : a US marine's account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion
Title
The ragged edge
Title remainder
a US marine's account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion
Statement of responsibility
Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Deployed to Iraq in March 2004 after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, US Marine Michael Zacchea thought he had landed a plum assignment. His team's mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi Army battalion trained by the US military. Quickly, he realized he was faced with a nearly impossible task. With just two weeks' training based on outdated and irrelevant materials, no language instruction, and few cultural tips for interacting with his battalion of Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Yazidis, and others, Zacchea arrived at his base in Kirkush to learn his recruits would need beds, boots, uniforms, and equipment. His Iraqi officer counterparts spoke little English. He had little time to transform his men--mostly poor, uneducated farmers--into a cohesive rifle battalion that would fight a new insurgency erupting across Iraq. In order to stand up a fighting battalion, Zacchea knew, he would have to understand his men. Unlike other combat Marines in Iraq at the time, he immersed himself in Iraq's culture: learning its languages, eating its foods, observing its traditions--even being inducted into one of its Sunni tribes. A constant source of both pride and frustration, the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion went on to fight bravely at the Battle of Fallujah against the forces that would eventually form ISIS. The Ragged Edge is Zacchea's deeply personal and powerful account of hopeful determination, of brotherhood and betrayal, and of cultural ignorance and misunderstanding. It sheds light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight murderous insurgents and terrorists, precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any other time in US history
Cataloging source
DGU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zacchea, Michael
Dewey number
956.7044/342
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
UA853.I75
LC item number
Z33 2017
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kemp, Ted
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zacchea, Michael
  • Iraq
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Iraq
Target audience
adult
Label
The ragged edge : a US marine's account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion, Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Kirkush. Bird Dog ; Kirkush ; Green Zone ; How Training Worked ; Wasta ; The Other Side of the Wire -- Part II: Taji. Sovereign ; Taking Command ; Abducted ; "The First Bullet Will Be for Me" -- Part III: Fallujah. Road to Fallujah ; Before the Breach ; City of Mosques ; RPG ; Al-Hadra ; Rules of Engagement -- Part IV: Taji. Blooded ; Lion of Babylon ; Irhabi ; Going to See the Wizard ; Delivered
Control code
ocn960091680
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613738412
Lccn
2016032840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
956.7044 Z11 ; XX-N ; [A17BP168, #47, 4@28.99, wjm/RT ]
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 960091680
  • (OCoLC)960091680
Label
The ragged edge : a US marine's account of leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion, Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Kirkush. Bird Dog ; Kirkush ; Green Zone ; How Training Worked ; Wasta ; The Other Side of the Wire -- Part II: Taji. Sovereign ; Taking Command ; Abducted ; "The First Bullet Will Be for Me" -- Part III: Fallujah. Road to Fallujah ; Before the Breach ; City of Mosques ; RPG ; Al-Hadra ; Rules of Engagement -- Part IV: Taji. Blooded ; Lion of Babylon ; Irhabi ; Going to See the Wizard ; Delivered
Control code
ocn960091680
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613738412
Lccn
2016032840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
956.7044 Z11 ; XX-N ; [A17BP168, #47, 4@28.99, wjm/RT ]
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 960091680
  • (OCoLC)960091680

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