No Lack of Courage

No Lack of Courage

Operation Medusa, Afghanistan

Book - 2010
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No Lack of Courage is the story of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Operation Medusa, the largely Canadian action in Afghanistan from 1 to 17 September 2006, to dislodge a heavily entrenched Taliban force in the Pashmul district of Afghanistans Kandahar Province. At stake, according to senior Afghan politicians and NATO military commanders, was nothing less than the very existence of the reconstituted state of Afghanistan, as well as the NATO alliance itself. In a bitterly fought conflict that lasted more than two weeks, Canadian, Afghan, and Coalition troops defeated the dug-in enemy forces and chased them from the Pashmul area.

In the end, the brunt of the fighting fell on the Canadians, and the operation that saved Afghanistan exacted a great cost. However, the battle also demonstrated that Canada had shed its peacekeeping mythology and was once more ready to commit troops deliberately to combat. Moreover, it revealed yet again that Canadian soldiers have no lack of courage.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781554887668
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 Hor 9254ul 1
958.1047 Hor 9254ag 1
Characteristics: 203 p. : col. ill., maps (some col.)


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Apr 20, 2015

A disappointing and sometimes frustrating read. The book contains a number of typographical and grammatical errors, as well as a few inexplicably repeated passages. More significantly though, it also contains several factual errors, which I find inexcusable for a historical account written by a professional historian. If I had not been present in Kandahar during the events described, I don't think this book would have held my interest.

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