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The Resource After the Blast

After the Blast

Label
After the Blast
Title
After the Blast
Statement of responsibility
Garth Callender
Title variation
Australian officer in Iraq and Afghanistan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was deployed to Iraq. He quickly found his feet leading convoys of armoured vehicles through the streets of Baghdad and into the desert beyond. But one morning his crew was targeted in a roadside bomb attack. Garth became Australia’s first serious casualty in the war. After recovering from his injuries, Garth returned to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army’s security detachment in Baghdad. He found a city in the grip of a rising insurgency. His unit had to contend with missile attacks, suicide bombers and the death by misadventure of one of their own, Private Jake Kovco. Determined to prevent the kinds of bomb attacks that left him scarred, Garth volunteered once more in 2009 – to lead a weapons intelligence team in Afghanistan. He was helicoptered to blast zones in the aftermath of attacks, and worked to identify the insurgent bomb-makers responsible. Revealing, moving, funny and full of drama, Garth Callender’s story is one of a kind. ‘I urge you to read this important, engaging book. There are so few firsthand accounts from our frontline soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.’—Leigh Sales ‘Garth Callender, a wounded veteran, tells his story of multiple combat tours with acid intensity. Stark, brutal and honest, After the Blast exposes the ghastly business of modern warfare. It is an uncompromising account that will shock some readers. Callender pulls no punches; his raw emotions, fears, loves, frustrations and anger are unflinchingly recalled. This book provides a rare insight to the harsh realities of Australia's contemporary conflicts.’—Major General John Cantwell, AO, DSC, author of Exit Wounds ‘Garth Callender shows you what soldiers really think – and, more importantly, feel.’—James Brown, author of Anzac’s Long Shadow Garth Callender left the regular Australian Army in 2013 after a distinguished seventeen-year career, during which he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and rose to the rank of major. He now works for an Australian technology company that is developing new ways to detect concealed explosives
Summary
In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was deployed to Iraq. He quickly found his feet leading convoys of armoured vehicles through the streets of Baghdad and into the desert beyond. But one morning his crew was targeted in a roadside bomb attack. Garth became Australia's first serious casualty in the war. After recovering from his injuries, Garth returned to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army's security detachment in Baghdad. He found a city in the grip of a rising insurgency. His unit had to contend with missile attacks, suicide bombers and the death by misadventure of one of their own, Private Jake Kovco. Determined to prevent the kinds of bomb attacks that left him scarred, Garth volunteered once more in 2009 to lead a weapons intelligence team in Afghanistan. He was helicoptered to blast zones in the aftermath of attacks, and worked to identify the insurgent bomb-makers responsible
Writing style
Award
Waverley Council Library Awards, Military History Prize, 2016.
Biography type
autobiography
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10470715
Cataloging source
ANL
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Callender, Garth
Dewey number
355.0092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • History
Target audience
adult
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an Australian officer in Iraq and Afghanistan
Label
After the Blast
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLI_128398
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925203301
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
After the Blast
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLI_128398
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925203301
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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