Double Crossed: A Review

War Stories

As the legacy of Britain’s war in Iraq continues to unfold, one ugly chapter of the conflict’s aftermath is chronicled in Brian Wood’s compelling new memoir Double Crossed. The book tells the story of Wood’s involvement in the now infamous ‘Battle of Danny Boy’ during Operation Telic on 14th May 2004, and the subsequent public inquiry into the events of that day. As the title suggests, this is a story about “complete betrayal”, and the pain and turmoil caused by being forced to publically defend one’s character and conduct in the face of false accusation.

The initial complicating event of the story is the Battle of Danny Boy itself. The battle was an ambush by Iraqi troops of the Madhi Army in which British forces found themselves outnumbered and fighting for survival. Wood drags the reader through a grievous account of the fighting that took place, including the…

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