Battle for Baqubah: Killing Our Way Out

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The Battle for Baqubah: Killing Our Way Out is a firsthand account and sometimes a minute-by-minute tale of a raw, in-your-face street fight with Al Qaeda militants over a fifteen-month span in the volatile Diyala Province of Iraq. This story is presented through the eyes of a first sergeant serving with B Company 1-12 Cavalry (Bonecrushers), 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood, Texas.

The author takes the reader into the midst of the conflict in and around Baqubah Iraq's City of Death a campaign that lasted most of 2007. The author and his fellow Bonecrushers watched as the city went from sectarian fighting amongst the Shiite and Sunnis, to an all-out jihad against the undermanned and dangerously dispersed US forces within Baqubah and the outlying areas.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 On Notice
1
Chapter 2 Boots on the Ground
17
Chapter 3 RightSeat Ride
34
Chapter 4 First Raid
49
Chapter 5 Kicking Over a Hornets Nest
60
Bones New Home
76
Chapter 7 Turning Up the Heat
94
Chapter 8 Tough Times
137
Chapter 13 Battle Damaged
279
Chapter 14 The Awakening
300
Chapter 15 Keeping Your Enemies Closer
322
Chapter 16 Gut Check
342
Chapter 17 Move That Bus
359
Authors Notes
374
Testimony
378
Acknowledgments
391

Chapter 9 City of Death
166
Chapter 10 Steel Rain
196
Chapter 11 The Surge
224
Chapter 12 Task Force Bone
252
Wounded Warrior Project
394
About the Author
401
Back Cover
402
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About the author (2012)

Robert S. Colella was born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harry S. Truman High School before joining the US Army and serving throughout the world, including multiple tours of duty in Iraq. He retired as a senior military instructor with the University of Central Florida's ROTC program. He lives in Florida with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters.

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