Love and War in Iraq
By Robert Craig
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The author is indebted to Mrs. Valerie Lee, Mrs. Marjorie Bicknell-Johnson and my wife, Sally, for helpful comments and also to a relative who is a Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps and Afghanistan veteran for helpful comments on the nomenclature and organization of the Marine Corps expeditionary forces. I also wish to thank Lt. Col. Maurice Casey, USMC-Retired, for checking the manuscript for accuracy. Two books were especially valuable for their descriptions of expeditionary force organization: Ambush Alley: the Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War by Tim Pritchard, Presidio Press, 2007; and Basrah, Baghdad and Beyond: The U.S. Marine Corps in the Second Iraq War, by Col. Nicholas E. Reynolds, USMCR-Ret., U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2011.The last was especially helpful for Marine expeditionary force organization.