[Read Online] Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in AfghanistanAuthor Sean Parnell – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

As a woman and a civilian, I am totally unfamiliar with the almost all masculine world of the military and the wars of their making Outlaw Platoon gave me a peek into the mindset of a soldier, and the intense brotherhood that form among the men during war It s both fascinating and incomprehensible to me, to live for your fellow soldiers, and be willing to die for them Running on adrenalin, these young men go and kill, get shot at, and survive another day to fight again And they do this for m As a woman and a civilian, I am totally unfamiliar with the almost all masculine world of the military and the wars of their making Outlaw Platoon gave me a peek into the mindset of a soldier, and the intense brotherhood that form among the men during war It s both fascinating and incomprehensible to me, to live for your fellow soldiers, and be willing to die for them Running on adrenalin, these young men go and kill, get shot at, and survive another day to fight again And they do this for months on end in terrible living conditions It s heroic, honorable, and utterly insane I read this to understand the war in Afghanistan a little better While I believe we re stuck in a horrible quagmire, these men are just doing their jobs and subjecting themselves to terrible physical and mental trauma and a mounting casualty toll Nevertheless, I am struck with a deep admiration and awe for Sean Parnell and soldiers like him whose dedication and duty in hellish situations, bound him and his men with a love that is thicker than blood It s absolutely remarkable I just finished reading Sean Parnell s Outlaw Platoon What an education this book is Sean Parnell is a young platoon leader who is assigned to a 10th Mountain division infantry platoon deployed in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan Prior to his deployment, Lieutenant Parnell thinks he will be facing a rag tag group of Taliban Instead he is facing an experienced, elite group of insurgents whose leaders were fighting the Soviets when Parnell was in diapers The Taliban are given sanctuary an I just finished reading Sean Parnell s Outlaw Platoon What an education this book is Sean Parnell is a young platoon leader who is assigned to a 10th Mountain division infantry platoon deployed in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan Prior to his deployment, Lieutenant Parnell thinks he will be facing a rag tag group of Taliban Instead he is facing an experienced, elite group of insurgents whose leaders were fighting the Soviets when Parnell was in diapers The Taliban are given sanctuary and direct support from our so called Pakistan allies They recruit willing jihadists from all over the Muslim world who can t wait to make a suicide charge at that Americans Taliban ambushes are a common everyday occurrence The Outlaws are cut off and almost overrun onthan one occasion Meanwhile the Outlaw s are aided by an Afghanistan Police force whose corrupt leader sells their US supplied weapons on the black market for extra cash, an interpreter that is tipping off the enemy, and Afghan civilians that will accept American medical aid and food but will not tell the Outlaws that the insurgents planted road side bombs nearby Meanwhile, their fellow Americans safely inside the wire play petty politics The Outlaws receive poor medical attention There is a Mail lady referred to as the mail bitch that has the Outlaw s contraband pet dogs shot while the Outlaws are on patrol There is also a fellow platoon that will not risk venturing too far outside the wire to help the Outlaws when they are engaged with the enemy I had no idea that Americans were involved in combat this intense anywhere in the world I was in shock and total disbelief I had no idea that things were that awful over there Parnell talks about Afghan fathers that would demand their sons receive emergency medical treatment before their daughters He tells how the Taliban would be so brutal to civilians including children and that Americans would be so politically correct that we would not return Taliban 107MM rocket fire into Pakistan The Pakistanis were not only giving safe haven to the terrorists, in the final chapter, they were caught assisting them during an actual assault I kept asking myself can this really be happening To be fair, the ANA fought alongside their Marine cadre bravely and Abdul the interpreter gave his life for the cause Also, there was an instance of a tribal elder who risked his life to give the Outlaws advance warning of a Taliban offensive But still, it sounds a lot like Vietnam with less vegetation and Allah Read Outlaw Platoon I finished it in week It was hard to put down I am sure Outlaw Platoon will go down as one of the greatest books on Operation Enduring Freedom, among Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, and Robert s Ridge Parnell is a truly gifted writer, this book shows it, and Bruning has done a stellar job as usual You aren t so much reading the platoon s story as experiencing it.As I ve mentioned before, the writing is incredible and the battles are intense and gritty Parnell handles the large cast very well, not once, a rare occasion for me, was I confu I am sure Outlaw Platoon will go down as one of the greatest books on Operation Enduring Freedom, among Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, and Robert s Ridge Parnell is a truly gifted writer, this book shows it, and Bruning has done a stellar job as usual You aren t so much reading the platoon s story as experiencing it.As I ve mentioned before, the writing is incredible and the battles are intense and gritty Parnell handles the large cast very well, not once, a rare occasion for me, was I confused on who was doing what and when Each of the men was well drawn and you cared about them, and what happened to them.This should be required reading for ROTC, Officer Candidate School, and the service academies And for every American, I think it will open a lot of eyes It sure opened mine.EDIT Just finished rereading it for the second time Just as powerful as the first time I picked it up READ IT Non fic military stories have a special place in my heart and this one fits right in There are no words or review that can do it justice coming from a civilian like myself except to say a word of thanks to all the brave soldiers who sacrificed so much So thanks, and thanks to the author for sharing his story. Incredible story Real war, real heroes This riveting, often chilling story is not for the faint of heart War is hell, and Outlaw Platoon was in the hottest part on several occasions Heartbreaking at times, this book gives you an up close and personal look at combat from the center of the storm. A good account of an actual group in combat This is an attempt to give a objective account of the actual effect of war on actual people In truth the account can t help but occasionally be subjective but mostly the attempt is successful.Also there is an attempt not to use this to grind a political axea good idea as our people in uniform deserve better than that.In other words, just read this one. I first became aware of this book through his interview on the Opie and Anthony show on XM radio After listening to his candid interview and his self deprecating attitude I was drawn to this book.As a vetran of Desert Storm and desert Shield, I have a slight insight into how are men and women do their job I can hold no candle to what I did versus what they have done and continue to do I continus to support and cherish them in my heart and mind and hold them all with utmost respect and honor I first became aware of this book through his interview on the Opie and Anthony show on XM radio After listening to his candid interview and his self deprecating attitude I was drawn to this book.As a vetran of Desert Storm and desert Shield, I have a slight insight into how are men and women do their job I can hold no candle to what I did versus what they have done and continue to do I continus to support and cherish them in my heart and mind and hold them all with utmost respect and honor.So to the book Mr Parnell gives a fantastic insight to the Brotherhood of war and the bonding of men in war He draws you into knowing the characters and who they are, how they came to be there and the families left behind.At no time does Mr.Parnell glorify anything that he did He lays all the blood, sweat, tears and honor souly upon the shoulders of his men.He simply tells it like a good commander could Learn from your men, respect your men, support your men.and they will follow you to and through the gates of hell.Cpt Parnell tells it like it is There is one paticular Platoon in his area that was the worst that we could field He pulls no punches when it comes to laying shame upon them and their utter distrust and faith in them.His troops on the other hand exemplify the BEST that could field Compassion for the locals that have endured horrific atrocities by the enemy Disdain and hated for the enemy But, respect for the enemy as well They openly show that this is not some rag tag army of dirt farmers that many Americans have been led to believe Many times the enemy is well trained, well equipped and vetrans of many years of fighting.It was refreshing to see a book also point fingers at those that help the enemy Pakistan being the worst Openly helping and aiding terrorists and murderers of the innocent Cudo s for being so candid Mr Parnell.As with any book of this naturethere are moments of glory and honor But, sadly to have glory and honorthere must also be moments of utter sadness and crushing loss.You will find that here There was a moment or 2 in this book that I had small tears in my eyes and that tightness of the throat.Capt Parnell Leads from the front and LOVES his men he pushes them hard at times to make them the best that they can be Pushes his own wounds aside to save his men and get them what they so rightly need and deserve.From his It Smells like bannana s to going home He shows the UTMOST respect and HONOR to serve alongside his men.I salute you Sir.If we only hadof you to lead our men and women into and OUT of this war.Brad Former Army officer Parnell and collaborator Bruning Shadow of the Sword reprise Parnell smonths as an infantry platoon leader in Afghanistan in this heartfelt memoir In , Parnell and his th Mountain Division platoon, the self styled Outlaws, arrived in Afghanistan s Bermel Valley, which borders Pakistan Their mission was to stanch the flow of enemy troops and supplies into Afghanistan Besides theirPurple Hearts, the platoon which usually patrolled with aboutmen loaded into six Humvees earned seven Bronze Stars andArmy Commendations for Valor, making it one of the most decorated units in the Afghan war Parnell vividly captures the sounds, sights, and smells of combat, and proves most eloquent when describing the bond selflessness was our secret weapon that developed among his men Studiously nonpartisan, Parnell still raises important questions about Afghan president Hamid Karzai s integrity, the competence of the Afghan police, and the sincerity of our Pakistani allies Parnell balances sentimentality with sincerity and crisp prose to produce one of the Afghan war s most moving combat narratives 3.5 stars I tried reading this book two years ago but could not pass 1 3 of it because I felt it was a bit too soppy Then a few weeks ago, I watched 12 Strong and had the urge to go back to this book since it s been too long since I last read something about the wars in Afghanistan the last one I read was Roberts Ridge A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan I reread the whole thing from the start, but again I felt the narrative style with the recurring inserti 3.5 stars I tried reading this book two years ago but could not pass 1 3 of it because I felt it was a bit too soppy Then a few weeks ago, I watched 12 Strong and had the urge to go back to this book since it s been too long since I last read something about the wars in Afghanistan the last one I read was Roberts Ridge A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan I reread the whole thing from the start, but again I felt the narrative style with the recurring insertion of flashbacks in the main story did not go well with the flow It took me out of the story a few times and then I learned to skip the flashbacks altogether Were the flashbacks woven to the post combat reflection moments, I would enjoy it.Now, the good parts This is actually a great combat memoir The battle accounts were intense with detailed description on the terrain, troop maneuvers, weapons deployed etc, that is why I managed to finish the whole book in one day One battle the June 6th was just so vivid, I was transfixed in my reading spot reading that chapter Phew I also appreciated the fact he reminded the readers on the other enemy the soldiers have to face, not just external, but also internal within the Army itself The stories on how the politics in their FOB were frustrating even for me The platoon members of course were described in details, but not too much, just sufficient to know their personalities to make them memorable The camaraderie is obviously one of the highlights in every war books, but I was actuallyintrigued with the clashes among the platoons I ve read about this in some other books, and it just further my conviction that strong bonds band of brothers stuff could only be forged in smaller units I d love to readbooks on Afghan wars not just from the US perspective, as we know that particular spot on earth has become the graveyard of empires for thousands of years Excerpt from Village of the Damned The American platoon stopped its Humvees in the road.Ahead, a small boy of about 6, dressed in rags, staggered in circles.Army Ranger Sean Parnell and his men were wary It was July 2006 and they d been in combat on the remote Afghan Pakistan border for five months.When the soldiers moved close enough, they saw that someone had gouged out the boy s eyes and burned the sockets black with a heated instrument His teeth had also been knocked out Jesus Christ, w Excerpt from Village of the Damned The American platoon stopped its Humvees in the road.Ahead, a small boy of about 6, dressed in rags, staggered in circles.Army Ranger Sean Parnell and his men were wary It was July 2006 and they d been in combat on the remote Afghan Pakistan border for five months.When the soldiers moved close enough, they saw that someone had gouged out the boy s eyes and burned the sockets black with a heated instrument His teeth had also been knocked out Jesus Christ, what is this said a hard bitten sergeant.In the nearby village, the unit s interpreter, Yusef, talked to an elder and learned what happened The insurgents had swept through this village and punished the inhabitants for cooperating with the coalition.They kidnapped the oldest grandson of the elder and took him to the mountains, where they gouged out his eyes and raped him for weeks.The platoon medic did what he could for the boy and other brutalized children in this place the men came to call the Village of the Damned The elder thanked them and they drove on, even the toughest among them stunned by what they d seen There s not a day goes by that I don t think about it, said Lt Parnell, 30, a Murrysville native All I know is that moment taught me that there is definite good and evil in this world We don t always realize it in America, but the rest of the world can be a barbaric place The Village of the Damned is just one short chapter in Lt Parnell s book, Outlaw Platoon, Yet it captures the dichotomy of Afghanistan the contrast between Americans and terrorists, between good Afghans and bad, between quiet heroism and treachery.Yusef, it turns out, is a spy He later reveals to an Iranian cell of bomb makers that the platoon plans to set up an observation post on a certain hilltop, allowing insurgents to seed it with mines When the platoon arrives, villagers come out to watch One of the mines explodes and kills Cpl Jeremiah Cole.But the elder whose grandson was tortured is the opposite Gratified by American kindness, he later risks death to walk 40 miles through the mountains to warn of an impending attack That s Afghanistan, said Lt Parnell That incident is a microcosm of the whole country