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BOOK REVIEW: "Days of Fury - Ghost Troop and The Battle of 73 Easting" by Mike Guardia

Jun 07, 2021
"Days of Fury - Ghost Troop and The Battle of 73 Easting" (Magnum Books/softcover) by Mike Guardia is a riveting true story of tank warfare on the frontlines of Operation Desert Storm.

August 1990: Iraqi forces under the command of Saddam Hussein invade the tiny emirate of Kuwait. Within hours, the Kuwaiti defenses collapse under the onslaught of the Iraqi Army. In response, the US military leads a coalition of thirty-four nations in what becomes Operation Desert Storm—a violent campaign to eject the Iraqis from Kuwait. At the tip of the spear are the men of Ghost Troop in the US Army’s 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Commanded by Captain Joseph Sartiano, Ghost Troop was among the lead elements of the US VII Corps’ advance into Iraq. On February 26, 1991, Ghost Troop encountered a brigade-sized element of the Tawakalna Division— the elite frontline forces of Iraq’s Republican Guard. Although significantly outnumbered and outgunned, Ghost Troop won a decisive victory with minimal losses to their own ranks. History would call it the Battle of 73 Easting.

Based on hours of interviews and archival research by author Mike Guardia, this minute-by-minute rendition of the battle reveals an intimate, no-holds-barred account of modern warfare…as told by the men who lived it.

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Mike Guardia is an internationally-recognized author and military historian. A veteran of the United States Army, he served six years on active duty (2008-2014) as an Armor Officer. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed "Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always," the first-ever biography chronicling the life of LTG Harold G. Moore, whose battlefield leadership was popularized by the film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson.

He has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award and is an active member in the Military Writers Society of America.

As a speaker, he hosts the lecture series “Hal Moore: Lessons in Leadership,” which is available for presentation at schools, businesses, and civic organizations worldwide.

Mike Guardia has given presentations at the US Special Operations Command, the International Spy Museum, and the George Bush (41) Presidential Library. His work has been reviewed in the Washington Times; Military Review; Vietnam Magazine; The Cannata Report; DefenceWeb South Africa; and Soldier Magazine UK.

His media appearances include: Good Morning Texas; Inside Track; The Rod Arquette Show; Barracks Talk; Frontlines of Freedom; and Military Network Radio.

He holds a BA and MA in American History from the University of Houston. He currently lives in Minnesota.


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