Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander

Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander
Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander
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CMH Pub 70-107-1. This gripping journal of a company commander from 2003 to early 2004 in some of the most dangerous areas of post-Hussein Iraq discusses tactics, techniques, and procedures as they evolved in the struggle to maintain order and rebuild the country. The journal tells of the dichotomy of combat operations versus nation building. It vividly captures the stresses of combat and corresponding emotions as they accumulate over time in a combat outfit, and reinforces the ideal of camaraderie among soldiers and deals with the emotional impact of losing friends in battle.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
April 2003 11
May 2003 25
June 2003 58
July 2003 74
August 2003 101
September 2003 128
October 2003 143
November 2003 170
December 2003 181
January 2004 197
February 2004 214
March 2004 220

A. Command and Control at the Brigade and Below 231
B. The Samarra Paper 237
Samarra 237
What We Knew and Thought 238
Contacts and Learning 240
Bulleted Lessons 247
Conclusion 251
C. Civil Samarra 252
The First 72 Hours 252
Contacts 255
Infrastructure 261
Conclusion/Viewpoint 263
D. Countermortar Operations around the LSA 266
Offensive 267
Defensive 269
Chronology 270
E. Life Aboard the Bradley 272

Glossary 275

Index 279

1. Iraq, April 2003–March 2004 5
2. Samarra, April 2003–January 2004 6
3. 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry (Mechanized), Area of Responsibility, July 2003–March 2004 7
4. Balad and Environs, July 2003–March 2004 8
5. 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry (Mechanized), Area of Operations, April 2003–March 2004 9

Captain Brown on the roof of Samarra police headquarters 17
Company vehicles in front of police headquarters 17
Repairing the track of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle 18
Convoy en route to MEK capitulation 33
Bradley loaded with gear 35
Sunset in northern Iraq 38
Uploading MEK weapons for transport 39
Scenic view in northern Iraq 43
Aerial view of urban terrain in Iraq 64
Balad Mosque at night 81
Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry 82
Captain Brown interacting with Iraqi children 96
Brown and the teenage crowd 97
Privately owned Iraqi vehicle 109
Birthday cake from Brown’s mother 117
Captain Brown with Dan Rather 130
Routine operation 131
Brown running off a helicopter 135
Cordon and search operation 162
Raiding a house on the outskirts of Balad 162
Burned-out Bradley 166
Surrounding a town with concertina wire 176
Cattle passing through a checkpoint 183
Outer cordon in Samarra 185
Minaret in Samarra 190
Nighttime raid with Iraqi informant 193
Forcibly entering a building near Samarra 202
Controlled explosion of captured ordnance 216


This would be a valuable resource for members of the military, military strategists, military students, historians and students studying the military/warfare, and members of the general public interested in military operations and first-hand military accounts.

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Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History
  • Brown, Todd S.
NB1321. ISBN 0-16-078706-8.
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  • Iraq War, 2003-
  • Global War on Terrorism
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