Review of “The Fires of Babylon”

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“The Fires of Babylon” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Mike Guardia. Mr. Guardia has written eight non-fiction novels about the military.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence. This Non-Fiction novel tells the story of Eagle Troop of the US Army’s 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment. The primary period of time covered is from the late 1980’s through the cease fire called for Desert Storm.

The book gives a snapshot of the primary leaders of Eagle Troop, A little history of the unit as it fulfilled its mission in Germany during the cold war of guarding the border between West Germany and the Soviet Block is presented. Just as the cold war was ending, things were heating up in the Middle East. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the unit was quickly dispatched to Saudi Arabia. When the time finally came for coalition forces to strike against Iraq, Eagle Troop led the way.

Eagle Troop, and the American VII Corp, launched against the Iraqis. Eagle Troop spear pointed the advance with 12 M1A1 Abrahams tanks and an assortment of other vehicles including a few M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. US forces faced the Iraqi army as well as the elite Republican Guard. Both were equipped with Soviet T-72 and T-55 tanks, as well as the Soviet BMP, their mechanized infantry fighting vehicle.

The US was facing the Iraqi military which was much larger in sheer number and which had combat experience from the recent war with Iran. The untried US armored units were anticipating heavy casualties. On February 26, 1991, Eagle Troop encountered the Tawakalna Brigade of the Republican Guard. In the 23 minutes of combat, Eagle Troop destroyed more than 50 Iraqi tanks and other vehicles without loosing a single vehicle of their own.

I enjoyed this non-fiction novel of the US Army. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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