The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan

Paperback | November 13, 2012

byRyan Flavelle

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In 2008, Ryan Flavelle, a reservist in the Canadian Army and a student at the University of Calgary, volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. For seven months, twenty-four-year-old Flavelle, a signaller attached to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, endured the extreme heat, the long hours and the occasional absurdity of life as a Canadian soldier in this new war so far from home. Flavelle spent much of his time at a Canadian Forward Operating Base (FOB), living among his fellow soldiers and occasionally going outside the wire. For one seven-day period, Flavelle went into Taliban country, always walking in the footsteps of the man ahead of him, meeting Afghans and watching behind every mud wall for a sign of an enemy combatant. The Patrol is a gritty, boots-on-the-ground memoir of a soldier’s experience in the Canadian Forces in the 21st century. It is about why we fight, why men and women choose such a dangerous and demanding job, and what their lives are like when they find themselves back in our ordinary world.

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In 2008, Ryan Flavelle, a reservist in the Canadian Army and a student at the University of Calgary, volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. For seven months, twenty-four-year-old Flavelle, a signaller attached to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, endured the extreme heat, the long hours and the occasional absurdity of life...

RYAN FLAVELLE joined the Canadian Forces reserves as a signaller in 2001, and in 2007 he volunteered to go to Afghanistan. On returning, he took on graduate studies at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. His research into battle exhaustion during the Second World War took first prize in the Journ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443407186

ISBN - 13:9781443407182

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Incredible I purchased this book for my boyfriend who is in the army. Little did I know he is the same trade as the author. We both read the book and can agree that there is an eye-opening experience on each page.
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“Brings home powerfully the experience of an ordinary soldier— except that this one writes much better than most.” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL “The power of The Patrol is Flavelle’s ability to allow his experiences to be expressed without romanticizing, apologizing, or making himself into either a warrior or a hero. . . . The Patrol reads as the truth—one that all of us should learn.” - Calgary Herald “Flavelle’s greatest accomplishment with The Patrol is to give a voice to the individual soldier.” - WINNIPEG FREE PRESS