'Once we passed the checkpoint at the border, it hit me.
I was like, Holy Shit, this is it, I'm entering a combat zone.
Cool!' At twenty-six Colby Buzzell, unemployed and living at home, decided to join the US Army.
Within months he was in Iraq, a machine gunner in the controversial Stryker Brigade Combat Team, an army unit on the cutting edge of combat technology and the first of its kind.
Trapped amid 'guerrilla warfare, urban-style' in Mosul, Iraq, Buzzell was struck by the bizarre and often frightening world surrounding him.
He began writing a blog describing the war - not as being reported by CNN or official briefings - but as experienced by the soldier on the ground. His story is a brutally honest and hard-hitting account of the absurdities of modern war.
These are the real stories of the war: a firefight where the resistance came from 'men in black'; a night spent chain-smoking in the guard tower counting the tracer bullets being fired over the city; and the hesitation of a young soldier who had been passed around from platoon to platoon because he was too afraid to fight.
My War is a powerful story of a young man and a war, unlike any you have read before.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/02/2006
- Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780552154376