Academic journal article Military Review

The Fires of Babylon: Eagle Troop and the Battle of 73 Easting

Academic journal article Military Review

The Fires of Babylon: Eagle Troop and the Battle of 73 Easting

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THE FIRES OF BABYLON: Eagle Troop and the Battle of 73 Easting

Mike Guardia, Casemate Publishers, Havertown, Pennsylvania, 2015, 248 pages

The Fires of Babylon: Eagle Troop and the Battle of 73 Easting is an engaging historical account of Eagle Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment's push into Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm in February 1991. The author links together detailed accounts of Eagle Troop's Battle of 73 Easting derived from personal interviews and memoirs of soldiers from Eagle Troop to give a minute-by-minute account of the battle. This book is not an argumentative piece, nor does it try to persuade the reader to view events under a particular lens; it is simply a description of events as told by the soldiers who lived through the United States' first major tank battle since World War II. The author, Mike Guardia, is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as an armor officer from 2008 to 2014.

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The book begins by recounting the Army's transition from the Vietnam War to the all-volunteer force. The struggles encountered during this time detail an army attempting to define itself and its role in the decades-long Cold War. With the addition of new combat systems and doctrine, the Army needed to recruit soldiers who were motivated to serve and ready to face the Soviet threat. Several members of Eagle Troop recount their individual paths that led them to join the Army and their assignments in Eagle Troop.

The account of Eagle Troop's rapid mobilization and deployment to Saudi Arabia and the struggle to survive the environment is a testament to how quickly the Army must be able to transition and adapt to threats around the globe. Many of the tenets and core competencies of the U. …

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