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Desert of Death

Leo Docherty

Desert of Death: A Soldier’s Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan, by Leo Docherty, is a shocking, first-hand exposé of Britain’s war against terror in Afghanistan, written by a former Captain in the Scots Guards.

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A devastating first-hand account of the current war in Afghanistan. Desert of Death is a brilliantly vivid on-the-ground report of the events which led to the fiercest fighting faced by UK troops since the Korean War. It is a story of bravery and making-do, of farce and misadventure, and above all it is an unforgettable story of war in the twenty-first century.


Leo Docherty was born in Scotland and grew up in Gloucestershire. After studying Swahili and Hindi at university he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 2001. First posted to London, he performed ceremonial duties and trained as a paratrooper. After a short spell in Germany he completed an Arabic course and served…

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