'Battleworn' Memoir is Released
Chantelle Taylor is a combat medic known as the first British female soldier to kill an enemy fighter in close quarter combat whilst on patrol in the district of Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan]. In "Battleworn: The Memoir of a Combat Medic in Afghanistan," (published by iUniverse), she shares a story of the hardship that the soldiers of B Company faced as a collective, offering insight into the physical and psychological struggles of soldiers at war.
A military memoir, the book reads like a soldier's journal and recounts, "One of the bloodiest years of the campaign." Taylor tells of a routine patrol into the opium-saturated district of Nad-e Ali, which escalates into a seven-week siege; the underestimation of Taliban fighters culminates in the extraction of more than 66 casualties with four killed in action. Taylor would again take up arms as part of the company mortar line when casualty numbers spiraled out of control.
"We are soldiers who carry medical packs, not medics who carry weapons." Taylor says. "Battleworn" gives the reader a perspective of war that's evocative and raw. Taylor provides a testament to combat medics worldwide and expounds upon the vital role they play on the modern battlefield.
By Chantelle Taylor
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781532008511
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781532003851
E-Book | 254 pages | ISBN 9781532003868
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About the Author
Chantelle Taylor joined the British Army in 1998 as a combat medical technician, twelve years and five deployments later she was recommended to take the Queens commission from the ranks but opted to leave the service. She returned to Afghanistan for a third time with the U.S. Department of State, where the former soldier developed from inception the trauma assistant program completing two years as an instructor in combat medicine. Her contribution to the world of tactical medicine continues with her experiences in the field shared through the interactive "soldier" exhibition at the British national army museum, London. Chantelle was formerly presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the official museum opening ceremony. "Battleworn" along with the author's poem "Keep me Awake" was featured as part of the British militaries contribution to the Warrior Care exhibition of art in Washington, D.C. Taylor recently advised technically on the short film "Do No Harm" in Los Angeles and her book has been named as a finalist in the Independent Foreword reviews "book of the year" awards.
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