Strike Hard and Expect No Mercy is the story of boots on the ground in Iraq, as seen through the eyes of a tank platoon leader. Baqubah, on the eve of the Surge, and Sadr City, during the spring uprising of 2008, saw some of the darkest hours of the war. A tough dragon, the M1A2 Abrams tank and its crews were often called to crack the toughest nuts on the battlefield, and victory, even survival, was not guaranteed. It is a gritty and visceral dive into the combat experience, flavored with the anguish of loss, the exhilaration of victories, the frustrations of defeats, and the humor required to survive. Along the way, the story shares rarely told insights into the duties and expectations of an Army junior officer.

Riveting and insightful! Everyone who has served can identify with this gripping story.” – Lieutenant General (Retired) Buster Hagenbeck, 57th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point

A primer for every junior military officer who is blessed to lead others in and out of combat. If you’re looking to learn about the complexities of small unit leadership, this book is well worth your time.” – Brigadier General Kevin Admiral, 52nd Commandant of the US Army Armor School

Every American should read this book to understand what our young military leaders have done in the Middle East!” – Lieutenant General (Retired) Bill Lennox, 56th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point

I felt like I was living it as I was reading it.” – Jerry Burton, Military Writers Society of America

A must read for those who have never served our country in battle!” – Samuel G. Tooma, The SOOF

“A captivating and vivid firsthand perspective… brings the fog of war, the bonds of brotherhood, and the reality of the modern battlefield to life like no other. A must read!” – Colonel Scott Taylor, Former Commander of 1-68 Armor Battalion

Immerses the reader into the emotion and intensity of combat.” – Colonel (Retired) Michael Pappal, Former Commander of 1-68 Armor Battalion

Strike Hard and Expect No Mercy is a powerful story of dedication and courage.” – William Craun, Working the Kill Zone: An American Mercenary in Iraq

Ranks up there with With the Old Breed, We Were Soldiers Once and Young, and Chesty.” – Nathan Yancer, Iraq War Veteran Tanker

Great read!” – Harry Rubin, Traitor’s Revenge

“Peterson captures the anxiety, dread, and tension on the eve of battle in a seamless fashion and minces no words, vividly describing the harrowing circumstances in which the soldiers often found themselves.” Five Star Rating – Readers’ Favorite

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Publication Date: 9/11/21

Hardcover ISBN: 978-164634385

Paperback ISBN: 978-1646634361

eBook ISBN: 978-1646634378

Published by Koehler Books