Top positive review
Very well written description of the famous battle with unasked for opinions on the generals running the war as well.
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2016
I give Warrior's Rage the highest five star rating not because I either agree or disagree with Colonel Macgregor's notions about the strategic intent and result of what we now call the First Gulf War but because he has written a vivid, detailed and clearly understandable account of the Battle of 73 Easting. When I order out this book I was looking for a larger scale account of the battle than I had seen in the past. And boy oh boy did I get what I asked for. Macgregor served as the operations officer for the second battalion of the second cavalry regiment. He was directly involved in the direction of the units on that battalion prior to and during the war and in particular during the famous Battle of 73 Easting. 73 Easting is among the most skillfully fought and lop sided victories in the annals of American arms. I wanted to know more about it.
Macgregor takes his readers on a minute by minute, blow by blow, round by round account of a night time battle spread over many miles of desert in Southern Iraq. He puts us right there with him in the turret of his tank as he fights and directs that movement of the various companies in his battalion. His writing is as vivid as any military fiction out there. This quality of writing is rare in personal accounts. Not many warriors also have Macgregor's level of talent as a wordsmith. We can almost hear the big guns going off and almost smell the stench of battle. This exciting rendition of the action makes the book. But he also manages to present the complex action of a wide ranging tank battle with a clarity that I also found admirable. The many many moving parts of the battle we understand as they interact with one another. It is not easy to present to laymen like myself the complex movements in a way that the layman can absorb. This is exceptional writing.
Macgregor takes to task the generals above him for what he sees as timidity in the velocity of the massive effort to destroy the Republican Guard. I understand the frustration felt by a hell for leather cavalryman who feels that his best efforts were thwarted by higher command. He may even be right. There is now a good body of literature on the subject written by the generals and other observers. I am glad he got his views on paper as part of the record. But I didn't buy the book to revel in his agitation about the restraints imposed by higher headquarters.
Col. Macgregor documents the individual heroism and professionalism of the officers and men under his command. This also is a valuable part of the book. He has provided specific descriptions of the contributions of many individual soldiers. The recognition of their sterling qualities and their magnificent contributions alone would be reason to read this book. These soldiers reflect and amplify the very best in the long tradition of American arms.