War Dogs: An Australian and His Dog Go to War in Afghanistan

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Macmillan Publishers Aus., Jun 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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In Afghanistan, sometimes all that stands between coalition troops and death or serious injury is a dog. Highly trained dogs and their handlers search for improvised explosive devices or hidden weapons out on patrol with combat troops. It's a perilous job, often putting them right in the firing line, and making them high priority targets for the Taliban insurgents they're fighting.

Shane Bryant, a former Australian Army dog handler, has spent the past four years in Afghanistan working with elite American special forces alongside his faithful dog. War Dogs is his story - a riveting account of the hidden war in the mountains and cities of the world's most dangerous conflict, and the comradeship between man and dog that has saved numerous lives.

 

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Contents

Prologue Uruzgan Province Afghanistan
1
One A picture of a man and a dog
5
Two Ziggy
19
Three Highs and lowlifes
37
Four Hurry up and wait
43
Five Welcome to Afghanistan
53
Six For real
71
Seven A dogs life on the FOB
85
Twelve The time of my life
159
Thirteen Welcome home
179
Fourteen Benny the Bouncer
187
Fifteen You know something can happen to you
197
Sixteen Afghanis
203
Seventeen Indiana Jones
217
Eighteen Afteraction reports
225
Nineteen Kabul
237

Eight Kandahar Canadians and Koh Samui
95
Nine Tarin Khowt and training
109
Ten Death in the Baluchi Valley
127
Walking the dog
139
Epilogue Ricky and Benny
253
Acknowledgements
255
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About the author (2010)

After joining the Australian Army at the age of 17, Shane Bryant eventually fulfilled his ambition to qualify as an explosive detection dog handler. In 2006 he took a job in Afghanistan as a civilian dog handler contracted to provide support to the US Army and other coalition military forces. He currently splits his time between Kabul and Port Kembla, where he lives with his partner, Nat, five children, and a Staffordshire Terrier named Tyra.
Tony Park has worked as a journalist, a government press secretary and served with the Australian Army in Afghanistan in 2002. He is the author of Far Horizon, Zambezi, African Sky, Safari, Silent Predator and Ivory. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time between Africa and Australia.

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