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When the Tempest Gathers (Hardback)

From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War

Modern Warfare Colour Books Military

By Col Andrew Milburn, Foreword by Bing West
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 23
ISBN: 9781526750556
Published: 28th February 2020

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  • 'This is quite simply the finest war memoir to emerge from the last two decades of constant fighting' - Bing West, New York Times bestselling author of One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War
  • Articles as featured by The Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper;
  1. 'Daesh is Doomed', Canada's Top General Says During Dramatic Visit to Iraq
  2. How Canadian special forces helped stop a massive Daesh offensive
  3. Canada’s special forces face the risk of Daesh gas attacks in Iraq
  • 3 part interview with author Col Andrew Milburn, USMC (ret) via All Marine Radio.
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'This is quite simply the finest war memoir to emerge from the last two decades of constant fighting.' - Bing West, New York Times bestselling author of One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War and Call Sign Chaos.

These are the combat experiences of the first Marine to command a special operations task force, recounted against a backdrop of his journey from raw Second Lieutenant to seasoned Colonel and Task Force Commander; from leading Marines through the streets of Mogadishu, Baghdad, Fallujah and Mosul to directing multi-national special operations forces in a dauntingly complex fight against a formidable foe.

The journey culminates in the story’s centerpiece: the fight against ISIS in which the author is able to use the lessons of his harsh apprenticeship to lead the SOF task force under his command to hasten the Caliphate’s eventual demise.

Milburn has an unusual background for a US Marine, and this is no ordinary war memoir. Very few personal accounts of war cover such a wide breadth of experience, or with so discerning a perspective. He has a keen eye and a level of perception surprising for someone caught up in the midst of the fray. As Bing West comments: “His exceptional skill is telling each story of battle and then knitting them into a coherent whole. By the end of the book, the reader understands what happened on the ground in the wars against terrorists over the past twenty years.”

Milburn tells his extraordinary story with self-effacing candor, describing openly his personal struggles with the isolation of command, post-combat trauma and family tragedy. And with the skill and insight of a natural story teller, he makes the reader experience what it’s like to lead those who fight America’s wars.

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Article: 'Canada’s special forces face the risk of Daesh gas attacks in Iraq as featured by

The Star (Canada), 8th May 2016 - words by Bruce Campion-Smith

Article: 'How Canadian special forces helped stop a massive Daesh offensive' as featured by

The Star (Canada), 14th May 2016 - words by Bruce Campion-Smith

Article: 'Daesh is doomed, Canada’s top general says during dramatic visit to Iraq' as featured by

The Star (Canada), 28th April 2016 - words by Bruce Campion-Smith

This is quite simply the finest war memoir to emerge from the last two decades of constant fighting.

Bing West, New York Times bestselling author of One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War and Call Sign Chaos

About Col Andrew Milburn

COL. ANDREW MILBURN was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the United Kingdom where he attended St Paul’s School and University College London. After graduating from law school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps as a private. He was commissioned from the ranks, and as a Marine infantry and special operations officer, has commanded in combat at every grade. As the commanding officer of the Marine Corps’ special operations regiment, he was selected to lead a multi-national task force given the mission of defeating ISIS in Iraq. He retired in 2019 as the Chief of Staff of Special Operations Command, Central (SOCCENT), the headquarters responsible for the conduct of all US special operations throughout the Middle East. Since then he has written articles on topics such as leadership, ethics and culture change, for a number of publications, to include The Atlantic Magazine. He and his wife Jessica live in Tampa, Florida with their two children and a coterie of rescued dogs.


About Bing West

A New York Times bestselling author. 

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