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Main Title: Exit wounds : one Australian's war on terror / John Cantwell with Greg Bearup. Book Cover
Author: Cantwell, John P. (John Patrick)
Bearup, Greg
Imprint: Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2012.
Collation: ix, 374 p., [8] p. of plates. : col. ill., col. ports., maps, index, pbk ; 24 cm.
Summary: A deeply personal fast paced and insightful account of Cantwell's life in the Australian Army. He commanded at the very highest levels and fought on the front line in both Gulf Wars and as recently as 2010 where he was the General in charge of Australian forces in Afghanistan.
Subject: Cantwell, John P. (John Patrick)
Australian Army
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Afghan War, 2001-2021
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Military history
ISBN: 9780522861785 (pbk.) :
Includes index. As a country boy from Queensland, John Cantwell signed up to the army as a private and rose to the rank of major general. He was on the front line in 1991 as Coalition forces fitted bulldozer blades to tanks and buried alive Iraqi troops in their trenches. He fought in Baghdad in 2006 and saw what a car bomb does to a marketplace crowded with women and children. In 2010 he commanded the Australian forces in Afghanistan when ten of his soldiers were killed. He returned to Australia in 2011 to be considered for the job of chief of the Australian Army. Instead, he ended up in a psychiatric hospital. Exit Wounds is the compassionate and deeply human account of one man's tour of the War on Terror, the moving story of life on a modern battlefield: from the nightmare of cheating death in a minefield, to the poignancy of calling home while under rocket fire in Baghdad, to the utter despair of looking into the face of a dead soldier before sending him home to his mother. He has hidden his post traumatic stress disorder for decades, fearing it will affect his career. Australia has been at war for the past twenty years and yet there has been no stand-out account from these conflicts Exit Wounds is it. Raw, candid and eye-opening, no one who reads this book will be unmoved, nor forget its imagery or words.
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