Thursday, May 24, 2012

Orwell prize 2012

The Orwell book prize has gone to Toby Harnden for Dead Men Risen, his account of the Welsh Guards fighting in Afghanistan in 2009.The Ministry of Defence agreed to purchase and oversee the destruction of the entire first print run at a cost to the UK taxpayer of £151,450.
Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan
http://www.tobyharnden.com/deadmenrisen/ tells us; "Dead Men Risen is the tale of the Welsh Guards in Helmand in 2009. Underequipped and overstretched, guardsmen from the coal mining valleys and quarry villages of Wales found themselves in Helmand in some of the most intense fighting by British troops for more than a generation. They were confronted by a Taliban enemy they seldom saw, facing the constant threat of Improvised Explosive Devices and ambush. Leading them into battle was Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, destined to be a general. He was passionate believer in the war but was dismayed by how it was being conducted.

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