From the Canadian in charge of the joint military command in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan, this is the real on-the-ground story of one of NATO's bloodiest, most decisive and misunderstood operations: the battle of Panjwayi, the defining moment of Operation Medusa.In the summer of 2006, David Fraser was the Canadian general in charge of NATO's Regional Command South, a territory spanning six Afghan provinces surrounding the Arghandab Valley. Birthplace of the Taliban decades earlier, this fertile region had since become Afghanistan's most deadly turf. It would soon turn deadlier still. Advised in the night by his intelligence officers that the Taliban had secretly amassed for a full-scale military assault, Fraser knew it would fall to him, his Canadians, and their allies to avoid the wholesale slaughter of NATO troops, keep the Taliban from laying siege to Kandahar, and restore control of the south of the country to a newly formed, democratic Afghan government.The odds were solidy against Fraser's forces. The Taliban knew every millimeter of their own terrain. During the months of secret manoeuvers they had stocked every farmhouse, school, grape hut, and tunnel with weapons and ammunition. They had drilled Soviet-era landmines into all of the marijuana and poppy fields and dug IEDs into every roadway. Protected from detection by corrupt officials, their sophisticated warfare schools had successfully readied an army of zealous fighters to attack and fight to the death. And now their top commanders were poised to launch decisive military operations against freshly arrived troops who had never seen combat.The bloodiest battle in NATO's history was about to begin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/prhc/000581/bk_prhc_000581_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The A to Z of Spanish Culture reflects Spain as seen through the eyes of its author: a Spaniard who grew up in Madrid in the ‘80s and now keeps a close eye on the country from her London home. Presented in an informal style, each chapter addresses an aspect of Spanish culture: its society, traditions, history, gastronomy, art, and language. From grape-eating on New Year's Eve to the re-enactment of 13th century battles; from the failed military coup in the 80's to the recent fall from grace of the King; from the origin of the fideúa (the pasta-based version of paella) to the origin of the popular tapas, The A to Z of Spanish Culture will get you closer to Spain today. This audiobook is narrated by the author, Pilar Orti, who also hosts the podcast Spain Uncovered. Please note: This audiobook does not contain the chapters Vocabulary, From the Horses' Mouths and Blogs, Books and Bites, which can be found in the Kindle and print versions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pilar Orti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023155/bk_acx0_023155_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.