By Chantelle Taylor
Each inch a lady and each inch a warrior. In peace and battle Taylor is as radiant as gold and as tricky as diamond' Sam Kiley - writer of determined Glory and overseas Affairs Editor of Sky information. Chantelle Taylor joined the British military in 1998 as a wrestle scientific technician. Ten years later she made historical past, changing into the 1st woman soldier to kill a Taliban fighter in close-quarter wrestle whereas on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In Battleworn, she tells the tale of B corporation, a beleaguered staff of people who fought relentlessly to carry Nad-e Ali, a dusty, sweltering hellhole surrounded via the Taliban. A regimen patrol into a space saturated with enemy warring parties escalates right into a seven-week siege. dealing with the potential for dying day-by-day, Taylor writes of gun battles and threatening patrols, culminating within the extraction of greater than sixty-six casualties with 4 killed in motion. a robust tale written with a humility that captures the occasionally impalpable humour of infantrymen at conflict, Battleworn offers a testomony to strive against medics around the globe. It highlights the an important function that they play in state-of-the-art 360-degree battlefield.
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Extra info for Battleworn: The Memoir of a Combat Medic in Afghanistan
The roads are deserted except for some scrawny dogs that stand as still as statues, watching the vehicles pass. We make it to the kandak base without incident. It’s good to see Monty and to hear his Jock welcome. ’ This is a good sign: some salty language means morale is okay. Soldiers survive on banter; it takes their minds off the fact that they, like the four casualties, might be in a world of pain at any moment. Once you are accepted into the fold, you can expect insults involving family members, including suggestions that your mother is doing something unmentionable.
I went through the mind-numbing day-in, day-out drills and instruction in a daze. In the end, I wanted nothing in return. I came to see that becoming a soldier had taken me into a world where I could make my mark. I’d grown an inch taller by straightening my backbone, and I no longer lacked confidence. That lack is the curse of the working class. I was interested in everything. I opted to become a combat medic technician (CMT). The word combat did not appear in the descriptions of any other jobs open to females back then, and that was the reason why I chose to become a CMT.
Body broken, I still breathe. Who is that, who lies beside me? I am your brother; you are my keeper. Don’t fall asleep, soldier, for you may not wake again. What is your name? I am a fallen soldier; keep me awake, let me see her face once more. I will, I will … Don’t fall asleep, soldier, for you will not wake again. : sergeant major sitrep: situation report SME: subject matter expert SNCO: senior non-commissioned officer SUSAT: sight unit small arms trilux TA: territorial army TAB: tactical advance to battle UAV: unmanned aerial vehicle VP: vulnerable point WMIK: weapons mounted installation kit THE MAN IN THE ARENA It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
Battleworn: The Memoir of a Combat Medic in Afghanistan by Chantelle Taylor