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Author Thomson, Jimmy, author.

Title Tunnel rats vs the Taliban : how Aussie sappers led the way in the war on terror / Jimmy Thomson & Sandy MacGregor.

Published Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  958.1047394 THOM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Chapter 1 Operation Salaam 5 -- Chapter 2 Rise of the Taliban 14 -- Chapter 3 Hunting bin Laden 20 -- Chapter 4 Follow the sapper 29 -- Chapter 5 Live...move...fight 34 -- Chapter 6 Backyard Blitz 46 -- Chapter 7 Moving on 56 -- Chapter 8 Special ops and local cops 64 -- Chapter 9 On patrol with special forces 72 -- Chapter 10 Under fire 83 -- Chapter 11 Holding ground 89 -- Chapter 12 Taking on a tech killer 99 -- Chapter 13 Horror of war 112 -- Chapter 14 Clear, hold, build 120 -- Chapter 15 All change 129 -- Chapter 16 Front-line females 135 -- Chapter 17 Heavy duties 143 -- Chapter 18 Dogs of war 149 -- Chapter 19 'good' war 160 -- Chapter 20 Hard yards and Hescos 173 -- Chapter 21 Life and death with special forces 178 -- Chapter 22 Moving targets 187 -- Chapter 23 Into Helmand 195 -- Chapter 24 Building relationships 204 -- Chapter 25 Day of the Well 215 -- Chapter 26 21st-century Tunnel Rats 222 -- Chapter 27 Fatal attraction 230 -- Chapter 28 Trainers and turncoats 239 -- Chapter 29 Wounded warriors 246 -- Chapter 30 Was it worth it? 255.
Summary They were young, they were tough and they were everywhere. They were both the backyard builders and the frontline troops in Australia's war against the Taliban. This is the powerful story of the sappers, the Army engineers in Afghanistan whose raw courage and skills were inspired by the original Australian Tunnel Rats of the war in Vietnam. These Tunnel Rats of Afghanistan have rooted out the enemy from deep inside their caves and mountain hideouts, have defused thousands of improvised explosive devices (the booby traps and landmines of this most recent of wars), built bridges and schools to win a war of hearts and minds, and fought side by side with special forces commandos and SAS troops. They, too, lost a disproportionate number of their comrades and many returned home with the devastating baggage of war, post-traumatic stress disorder. Inspiring and action packed, this is the story of a special breed of soldier operating in a modern war against an enemy with medieval morals. and bombs triggered by mobile phones. It is a story that connects the unsung heroes of Vietnam with the modern heroes of Afghanistan.
History notes Jimmy Thomson is a journalist, author and screenwriter whose credits include the ABC TV series Rain Shadow. He is the author of Snitch, Tunnel Rats, A Sappers War and Watto. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, as a young captain Sandy MacGregor commanded the original Tunnel Rats of 3 Field Troop in Vietnam, where he won the Military Cross. He served in the Army for 30 years, finishing as a colonel in the Reserves.
Other author MacGregor, Sandy, 1940- author.
Subject Taliban.
Australia. Australian Army. Royal Australian Engineers.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Engineering and construction.
Military engineering -- Afghanistan.
Military engineers -- Australia.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Participation, Australian.
Sapping -- History.
Variant Title Tunnel rats versus the Taliban.
ISBN 9781760113544