Heavy Metal


Heavy Metal

A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad

Jason Conroy with Ron Martz

320 pages


January 2005


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About the Book

During the Iraq War, coauthor Capt. Jason Conroy commanded Charlie Company, which was part of Task Force 1-64, 2d Brigade Combat Team, part of the U.S. Army’s 3d Infantry Division. A tank unit equipped with mammoth M1A1 Abrams tanks, Conroy’s company was literally at the tip of the U.S. Army’s spear and one of the first elements into Baghdad. Veteran journalist Ron Martz was embedded in Charlie Company. Together, from the unique perspective of an armor unit that was in nearly continuous combat for four straight weeks, Conroy and Martz tell the unvarnished story of what went right and what went deadly wrong in Iraq. Conroy and his soldiers were able to overcome supply shortages, intelligence failures, and miserable weather to battle their way into downtown Baghdad, a place where they were told they would never have to fight. Heavy Metal evaluates the Army’s performance, including its use of tactics that were developed during the war but for which the soldiers had never trained. Through the exciting personal stories of the young troopers of Charlie Company - who experienced a very different war from what was seen back home on TV - Heavy Metal tells us much about the qualities of today’s American soldier, about twenty-first-century desert and urban warfare, and about how the Army should prepare to fight future wars.

Author Bio

Ron Martz writes on defense issues for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His books include Solitary Survivor: The First American POW in Southeast Asia (with Lawrence R. Bailey, Jr.; Brassey’s, Inc., 1995) and White Tigers: My Secret War in North Korea (with Ben Malcom; Brassey’s, Inc., 1996), which Publishers Weekly praised as "exciting reading." He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPreface1. Point Blank: The Battle for Mahmudiyah2. Rock of the Marne3. The Making of Charlie Company4. Operation Desert Spring5. The Wait in Kuwait6. Heavy Metal and Rock & Roll7. Sand and Fury8. Cobras Lead the Way9. The Night It Rained Mud10. The Battle for Najaf11. Checkpoint Charlie12. The Road to Baghdad13. Thunder Run I14. Sorting Things Out15. Thunder Run II16. Rooting out the Remnants17. Baghdad Bedlam and Other National Treasures18. Beyond Baghdad19. EpilogueAppendix: Charlie Company Roster and Vehicle AssignmentsGlossaryIndex

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