U.S. Marines in Iraq, 2003: Basrah, Baghdad and Beyond
Colonel Nicholas E. Reynolds. Washington, D.C.: Marine Corps History Division, 2007. 191 pp. Illus. Notes. Append. Index. $30.
Reynolds emphasizes, in his preface to this volume, that he is presenting operational history from one field historian's point of view, a "framework for understanding" how Marines coped with the thorny problems they faced in 2002 and 2003. Some of the lessons may become universal; some may turn out to be irrelevant in other scenarios.
The book's 11 chapters begin with the prelude to war and early stages of I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) planning and preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later chapters span combat operations from Nasiriyah to Baghdad and from Tikrit to "the other war" in Kurdistan and Mosul. Reynolds also describes I MEF-British cooperation and the Marines' initial roles in the occupation.