Surviving the International War Zone: Security Lessons Learned and Stories from Police and Military Peacekeeping Forces, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Surviving the International War Zone

Security Lessons Learned and Stories from Police and Military Peacekeeping Forces, 1st Edition

By Robert R. Rail

CRC Press

348 pages | 88 B/W Illus.

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Few people are better able to describe how to survive in a war zone than those who have seen, experienced, and lived it first-hand. Comprised of a collection of original stories from international contributors, Surviving the International War Zone: Security Lessons Learned and Stories from Police and Military Peacekeeping Forces contains true accounts of unimaginable scenarios that could only occur in war-torn and conflict-ridden areas.

Presenting accounts written by military and police officers who lived in different dangerous regions across the world, the book offers an inside look at the lives of the officers and the local people living in the war zone environment. Covering many facets of daily life, the book helps readers understand how to survive in deadly terrain.

With contributions from soldiers and law enforcement personnel from 13 different countries who have lived and served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Cambodia, Haiti, and Liberia, the book includes practical tips for day-to-day life in a war zone. It examines topics such as:

  • Surviving extreme temperatures and staying healthy
  • Interacting with the indigenous population and cultural awareness
  • Adjusting to the challenges of limited technology and resources
  • Protecting oneself from the imminent threat of violence that is present in all war-torn regions

Enhanced with photographs from the war zone, the stories in this volume range from accounts of unspeakable torture, to descriptions of deplorable living conditions, to moments of humor. Some of the stories will make you laugh; others may make you cry. Ultimately, the book provides an unparalleled insight into the full range of deep-seated and sometimes conflicting emotions of the people who have lived and served in war zones and have come home to tell about it.

Reviews

Having served as an International Police officer for the United Nations Police Task Force in Bosnia and Kosovo and as an instructor at the Specialized advanced Training Unit of the High Institute of the Baghdad Police College in Iraq, Rail here relates stories from his experiences and combines them with the personal stories of other soldiers and police who have served in such conflict zones as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Cambodia, Haiti, and Liberia that are intended to provide lessons on surviving in a foreign war zone.

—In Research Book News, booknews.com, February 2011

Table of Contents

My Life’s Lessons

Go Fetch, Boy

Filling the Cup

Adapting to the War Zone Environment

War Zone Experiences

My First Mission; W. Schmitz, Germany

First Mission: Cambodia; P. Cuffaut, France

Merry Christmas, Peacekeepers! A. Gridchin, Russian Federation

My Experience in Liberia; J. L. Soerensen, Norway

A Peacekeeping Experience in Kosovo; J. Moyana, Zimbabwe

The Struggle Continues in East Timor; M. M. Quintana, Spain

International Colleagues; V. Laib, Germany

Tales from Cambodia; H. Youssef, Egypt

An Unexpected Turn of Luck; E. Omelchenko, Russian Federation

International Mission Rats; D. Chassignet, France

A Spouse’s View; J. Rail, United States

French Island Hot Sauce

Interrogation by Torture

The Bullet Gift

Insurrection and Conflict

Civil Unrest and Peacekeepers; L. Asan, Romania

How Riots Grow; B. Locke, United Kingdom

Kosovo Riots; G. Gronewold, United States

Eternal Hate

The Death Day Cake

The Little Boy and His Stick

Eternal Hope

The Scarf

A Life for His Family; S. Robatsch, Austria

A Family Lost; A. Dikici, Turkey

A Funny International Situation; Y. Penga, Cameroon, Africa

Chicken Hospital; F. Vigneron, France

War Zone Insanity

The Toilet BBQ

The Shattered Commode; G. Gronewold, United States

Demented "War Zone" Driving

Lasting Impressions

Man’s Betrayed Friend

Holiday Stew

A Matter of Perspective; J. Rail, United States

Children Lost

Little Girls at Play

Bloodstained Apples

Gypsy Children

Communicating

Introduction

Body Language

The Fish Patch

Day of the Bull

Less Becomes More

Red Wine in Eastern Europe

The World of Food

Introduction

Eggs and Bread

Burger of Doom

Drinking the Water

One Tough Chicken

Paris Fare

Handful of Hospitality

The Banya Experience

Goat Stew

Uncontrollable Cravings

M3 – Ex = G + B

Stress and Taste

Coffee around the World

The Pancake Quest

Pancake Creation

War Zone Cuisine; J. Rail, United States

Bug Out

Lifestyle of Survival

Respect

The Cargo Net

The Shared Loss

Two Promises of Death

"Courtesy"

Returning Back Home

Sweet Dreams; J. Rail, United States

International Sayings

Index

About the Author

Dr. Robert R. Rail was an International Police Officer for the United Nations Police Task Force in Bosnia and Kosovo. As a war zone officer, Bob performed a wide variety of enforcement assignments including patrol, general peacekeeping activities and riot response. He has been a physical confrontation advisor and resource training provider to personnel for NATO and OSCE. Dr. Rail has been a resident instructor at the Specialized Advanced Training Unit of the High Institute of the Baghdad Police College and was awarded a second doctorate degree for his exceptional abilities as an international police instructor. He has received numerous other awards for his work in the international community. An internationally respected and acclaimed instructor, he is a frequent contributor to publications, television, and radio programs and conducts both training and consulting services for universities and corporations worldwide. He is the author of four other books, including: The Unspoken Dialogue; Defense Without Damage; Custodial Cuffing and Restraint; and Reactive Handcuffing Tactics, all available from Varro Press.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
POL037000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism