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Inhaltsangabe: This account represents one of the earliest efforts to chronicle Marine Corps operations in Iraq between 2004 and 2005. This was a significant period in the history of Operation Iraqi Freedom, seeing two battles fought over the city of Fallujah, the eruption of the Sadr revolt in an-Najaf, continuous counterinsurgency operations throughout Iraq, and initial efforts on the part of Marines to cultivate and forge alliances with the tribes of Iraq?s al-Anbar Province. Almost as soon as Saddam Hussein?s regime collapsed in 2003, it became apparent to U.S. commanders that a second deployment of Marines to Iraq would be necessary to conduct security and stability operations. This monograph recounts the first two years of this second deployment during which Marines were responsible for Iraq?s vast al-Anbar Province. This study focuses on I Marine Expeditionary Force?s deployment in 2004 and II Marine Expeditionary Force?s deployment of 2005, paying close attention to planning, counterinsurgency operations, and efforts to build civil-military relations with the Iraqi population. Particular attention is also paid to the first and second battles of Fallujah and the battle of an-Najaf. This book was commissioned and written while U.S. forces were still engaged in combat operations in Iraq. Even now, just five years since the events recounted in this study, we already have a sense of the significance of these years and the Marine Corps? operations to the overall course of the war, and we can thank Dr. Estes for making this possible. This History Division monograph is based on the occasional paper, ?U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Iraq, 2003?2006? by the same author. This revision slightly differs from that original publication in a number of ways. First, it contains maps to help orientate and familiarize readers to Iraq, al-Anbar Province, and the two battles for Fallujah. Second, the new edition contains photographs depicting major commanders, combat operations, equipment, and civil-military operations. Third, several informative sidebars have been added to provide readers with detailed information on specific topics. And finally, references have been redacted into short bibliographical essays at the end of the book to give readers a concise overview of available documentary sources. The author, Dr. Kenneth W. Estes, is a 1969 graduate of the United States Naval Academy who served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1993. He earned his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1984 and has taught at Duke University and the U.S. Naval Academy. His publications include The Marine Officer?s Guide, Handbook for Marine NCOs, Marines Under Armor: The Marine Corps and the Armored Fighting Vehicle, 1916?2000, and A European Anabasis: Western European Volunteers in the German Army and Waffen-SS, 1940?1945. He resides in Seattle, Washington.
Buchbeschreibung CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. Paperback. Buchzustand: Brand New. 206 pages. 11.00x8.50x0.52 inches. This item is printed on demand. Buchnummer des Verkäufers zk1470095076