Keep Your Head Down

Keep Your Head Down A brutally honest poignant but at times hilarious account of fighting in Afghanistan with the Commando Company of the Australian Army Reserve Nathan Mullins deployed to Afghanistan as a Special Fo

  • Title: Keep Your Head Down
  • Author: Nathan Mullins
  • ISBN: 9781742377940
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • A brutally honest, poignant but at times hilarious account of fighting in Afghanistan with the 2 Commando Company, of the Australian Army Reserve.Nathan Mullins deployed to Afghanistan as a Special Forces Commando Spearheading Australia s Special Operations troops, he and other Australians like him sought the Taliban in the valleys and hills of Uruzgan through AfghanistanA brutally honest, poignant but at times hilarious account of fighting in Afghanistan with the 2 Commando Company, of the Australian Army Reserve.Nathan Mullins deployed to Afghanistan as a Special Forces Commando Spearheading Australia s Special Operations troops, he and other Australians like him sought the Taliban in the valleys and hills of Uruzgan through Afghanistan s harsh winter while at the same time attempting to bring a human face to the villagers caught in the middle of the fighting They lived with the daily threat of roadside bombs, ambush and firefights, where survival meant learning to read the signs to determine friend from foe And they did what they could to relieve the awful effects of war on the men, women and children of the civilian population caught in the crossfire.But these were not your regular soldiers Sure, they had trained for years for the role but these were citizen soldiers, reservists who had put aside their usual jobs as salesmen, farmers, scientists, lawyers and students to fight Australia s war on terror.Keep Your Head Down is a brutally honest, first hand account that takes you into the centre of the action and asks some tough questions What is Australia doing in Afghanistan What would winning that war look like What makes a man leave his family to go to war when he doesn t have to Can there be such a thing as a just war Nathan Mullins isn t a typical Special Forces soldier In his day job he is the International Program Manager for Australian Aid International, a humanitarian organisation that responds to disasters and emergencies around the globe.Nathan Mullins describes himself as just an ordinary guy with a wife, a mortgage and three kids But he does admit he s had than his fair share of exceptional experiences He an ex cop, ex soldier with the Army Reserve special services and ex security consultant in Iraq He s also a volunteer with Australian Aid International and a corporate motivational speaker, working mostly with groups of men He still does AAI work when he gets the call up He lives in Melbourne.

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    1. For me, this book was more a 3 1/2 star book. It deserves more than 3 stars, but skimmed under 4 star.The author is a bit of a larrikin. A jolly individual who, to be brutally honest, includes probably a bit too much of his personality in this book. It is full of his banter and side note comments. Sometimes they detract from the quality of the yarn and at other times they add to it. There were times where I actually laughed out loud, so I have to give him marks for that. Despite the extreme cand [...]

    2. Over a certain period of time when both the Australian SAS and regular Commando regiment were tasked with missions elsewhere in the world, it was left up to 2 Commando, a reserve Commando unit, to deploy to Afghanistan to take up the reigns for the Australian Special Forces contingent. They did a sterling job. In this brutally honest account, Mullins gives a clear, direct and well formed dialogue about day to day life in Afghanistan with his Commando unit. He covers everything from winning heart [...]

    3. Really good, down-to-earth description of a tour of Afghanistan, by a Special Forces reservist. Was a nice, short read that offered a bit more insight into the situation there than we usually get on the news. Amusing and honest and well worth the read.

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