I’m actually going to order that book tomorrow morning. Thank you for the suggestion
Ironically enough I just finished googling about British troops in Afghanistan in 2005 to 2006, and watched a brief talk of his, when you posted.
I knew the British were under equipped for that theatre at the time, based on media articles and common chitchat the way mess chats go.
I knew that the British army did undergo a very impressive modernization subsequent at the individual kit level - in comparing a soldier from 2005 to even 2010 was night and day. (Thanks to Ross Kemp show.)
What also stood out from watching several seasons of that show - where he was in bedded with both USMC and British Army - were just how different those two organizations approached the war.
*I don’t have enough experience to comment on this in a big way, most of the members just on this forum have plenty more experience than I. But what really stood out was that the USMC culture focused on killing the enemy & winning the fight, first and foremost. The way they manoeuvred was very obviously different than how the British did, and that series did a great job of showing that.
They also seemed very aware that their #1 objective was essentially 2 objectives in 1… protect civilians as much as possible/inconvenience them as little as possible, and kill as many enemy as possible. The rest was just noise.
It goes to show you just how important the culture of an organization is.