Captain Semrau has a good sense of humour. He was clearly a good officer, leader, and Canadian soldier who loved his job. He faced a very difficult dilemma one day when he was on patrol; a dilemma thankfully so few of us ever have to face in our lives. Regretfully, his choice and actions that day cost him the job he loved. While one may not agree with his choice, one must respect the man for having the courage to face this problem head on and not simply just walk away. This book is certainly an education and requires a reader to ask, “What would I have done in this situation?” I would love to have the opportunity to meet former Captain Semrau as he is clearly a man worthy of respect. I too wish him well and recommend this book to my contemporaries; other teenage readers age 16 and older. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.
The book is entertaining and eye opening. What this book is – the story of Captain Rob Semrau’s last tour in Afghanistan. What this book is not – an account of the trial afterwards. In fact he really only mentions the charges, trial and sentencing maybe a combined 2 or 3 pages in the whole book. And the story of what happened in Afghanistan to lead to the charges is also skipped over on purpose. Having said that I think this is worth reading to better understand the kind of experiences some of our armed forces had and also what it was they did there. This is very much from Semrau’s perspective, so it’s by no means the entire story of Canada in Afghanistan. His mission was not an easy one by any means, probably facing real frustration multiple times a day. I don’t think I have the patience he must have. He reveals himself to be an imperfect person and soldier, however at the heart of it he is a person who cares for others and he did put his life in harm’s way regularly to save their lives. It’s a shame his career ended without the honours anyone in that position should receive. But to not end on a downer, Rob Semrau is quite a character and at times the book is actually very funny, seeing the war from his unique perspective. I imagine if I knew Rob in person he’d be one of the funniest and charming people I would know. I wish him well and I recommend this book.
The Taliban Don’t Wave – by Canadian Author Robert Semrau - While not every Canadian solder referred to in this book exemplifies the hero that Captain Semrau clearly was in Afghanistan, they did answer the call in that insane theatre even if they were not all enthusiastic and slipshod about it. I encourage every Canadian to read this book; it will open your eyes and give you a greater appreciation for our men and women in the forces who lay it out there for our freedom. Shame on the Canadian Government who sends the best of us into harm’s way with some poorly operating equipment and some badly thought out battle orders. I also must agree with the complaint that Captain Semrau should never have been judged by a panel of senior officers who have never had to duck a bullet, try to survive a mortar attack on the ground, or live with the treat of being killed or maimed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on every patrol. To the author, former Captain Semrau, thank you for your sacrifice; you were obviously faced with a very difficult decision; a decision that cheated you out of the career you loved. Thank you for writing this book and telling us your story. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.
The story of a man who should have been given a medal but was instead given a court martial.
This amazing book gives insight into the conditions and situations Canadian and Coalition soldiers must face in a country torn apart by never ending war.
It tells of the heroism and cowardice of his fellow Canadians, the NATO forces, and the Afghans who have been caught up in this perpetual struggle.
Rob Semrau was a Canadian soldier living the soldiers life. It was what he wanted to do. The book gives us homebound lot an insight into what our military are doing in Afghanistan. After reading this book everybody will have to make their own assessment as to whether or not we should be there. It gives us first hand a look at a world that is hard to for us to imagine. He gives us valuable knowledge as to why many armed service personnel come back needing psychological help
and don't find it in a timely fashion. We hear of his court marshall and he touches on this and it will leave you will a bad taste in your mouth. Whatever you do post military Rob, good luck to you. Your service to this country continues with your authorship of this book.
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