February 03, 2004

FIGHTING WORDS

US Marine Brian Taylor, whose stunning photographs from the frontlines ran here back in August, tells the story of his war in a five-part series at Opinion Journal. Its remarkable reading, and were so far only up to part two. Click here for part one.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 3, 2004 09:11 AM
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Amazing insight into the conduct of combat operations in Iraq.
I also note the name of the regimental pidgeon: "Speckled Jim". The Blackadder reference elevates these warriors even higher in my esteem.

Posted by: Fidens at February 3, 2004 at 01:04 PM

I understand what Broberg is trying to get at here, but his phrasing is unintentionally highly amusing:

Afterward, Broberg described a moment when an Iraqi in a white robe, perhaps a hundred meters away, mounted a roof with a rifle and began throwing grenades. There were no Marines within his throwing range. Broberg opened up with his SAW, and his team with him. He said the man just stood in a hail of fire for several seconds and then slumped. Wade said later, "I've hunted all my life and killed all kinds of things, but my mind just kept saying, 'Hey, that's a dude.' "

Posted by: Paul Dub at February 3, 2004 at 01:37 PM

Okay, actually it was Wade that said it, but my point remains, even if my comprehension skills dont.

Posted by: Paul Dub at February 3, 2004 at 01:47 PM

aaaargh. Wade is Broberg's first name. aaarghhh

Posted by: Paul Dub at February 3, 2004 at 01:50 PM

Loved the rocket launcher with "UN Resolution 1441" written on the side . . . .

Posted by: steve at February 4, 2004 at 11:01 AM