By Capt. Jason Conroy, Ron Martz
In the course of the Iraq battle, coauthor Capt. Jason Conroy commanded Charlie corporation, which was once a part of job strength 1-64, second Brigade strive against group, a part of the U.S. Army’s 3d Infantry department. A tank unit built with significant M1A1 Abrams tanks, Conroy’s corporation was once actually on the tip of the U.S. Army’s spear and one of many first parts into Baghdad. Veteran journalist Ron Martz was once embedded in Charlie corporation. jointly, from the original point of view of an armor unit that used to be in approximately non-stop wrestle for 4 instantly weeks, Conroy and Martz inform the unvarnished tale of what went correct and what went lethal improper in Iraq. Conroy and his infantrymen have been capable of conquer provide shortages, intelligence disasters, and depressing climate to conflict their manner into downtown Baghdad, a spot the place they have been instructed they might by no means need to struggle. Heavy steel evaluates the Army’s functionality, together with its use of strategies that have been constructed throughout the battle yet for which the warriors had by no means knowledgeable. in the course of the interesting own tales of the younger soldiers of Charlie corporation - who skilled a really varied conflict from what used to be visible again domestic on television - Heavy steel tells us a lot in regards to the characteristics of today’s American soldier, approximately twenty-first-century wilderness and concrete struggle, and approximately how the military may still arrange to struggle destiny wars.
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He, in turn, began to focus our efforts on Iraq, particularly on one of the Republican Guard divisions, the Medina. Lt. Col. Rick Schwartz was quite familiar with 1st Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment, generally referred to as the Desert Rogues. Short and slight, Schwartz looked more like the elementary school teacher he once was than the combat warrior he became during the Persian Gulf War when he fought in this same battalion. He taught as much as he commanded, challenging us to find our own solutions to problems.
Fausto Trivino, was a native of Ecuador. Both were more comfortable speaking Spanish than English. We recognized language could be an issue and wanted to eliminate it before it cropped up on the battlefield. Campos, who was in his mid-thirties and worked as a cook at a restaurant in New York several years before joining the Army, came to us straight from basic training. Trivino was in his early twenties but was married; his wife back in Savannah was expecting their first child. Because Campos and Trivino were having language problems, I tried to find spots for them on tanks where language would not be a major issue.
I spotted one tank in an alley but did not have time to shoot and radioed its location back to ................. 11065$ $SM7 12-13-04 13:14:40 PS PAGE 12 POINT BLANK: THE BATTLE FOR MAHMUDIYAH 13 An Iraqi T-72 tank destroyed on the road to Baghdad by Task Force 1-15 of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). A dead Iraqi soldier lies to the left. ( Jason Conroy) third platoon, which was trailing me. One of its tanks killed the final T-72. The entire tank battle in the streets of Mahmudiyah lasted less than five minutes.
Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad by Capt. Jason Conroy, Ron Martz