Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Brown, Todd S. (Todd Sloan), 1974—
Battleground Iraq : journal of a company commander / by Todd S. Brown.
1. Brown, Todd S. (Todd Sloan), 1974- 2. Iraq War, 2003-Personal
narratives, American. 3. United States. Army. Infantry Division
(Mechanized), 4th. I.Title.
First Printing—CMH Pub no. 70-107-1
The Army's 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) spent a long and demanding year of
successful combat operation in Iraq. As its commander, I daily witnessed the
phenomenal courage, competence, compassion, and sacrifice of our soldiers. We
experienced high points such as the capture of Saddam Hussein but also endured
the rigors of extended operations against dogged opponent in a complex and often
hostile environment. Soldiers en route to such a theater should be not only
properly trained and equipped but also psychologically prepared.
Capt. Robert ("Todd") Sloan Brown was among the best of our company commanders.
He and the soldiers he led performed magnificently in some of the division's
toughest and most critical operations. Indeed, some of the materials he wrote or
briefed received wide currency within the division when preparing others to
follow him into rough neighborhoods. I believe his journal can serve a similar
purpose for those on their way to Iraq—or someplace like it. His narrative is
not thoroughly analytical nor is it always fair; but it is gripping. It provides
useful discussion of tactics, techniques, and procedures as they evolved in Iraq.
It also touches on the conflict between combat operations and nation building.
More important, it captures the stresses of combat and corresponding emotions as
they accumulate over time in a combat outfit. Understanding these could prove
invaluable to those who courageously serve our nation and will continue to
endure them in th long war. However, this work should also be taken in context.
The timeframe was 2003 to early 2004—tactics and the environment have changed
The U.S. Army Center of Military History has provided helpful prefacing and
contextual materials to sustain the perspective of the reader. Appendixes
reproduce materials Captain Brown authored in Iraq to assist his comrades and
provide insight into the command and control process at Brown's level. Taken
together, this collection should prove constructive and useful to deploying
soldiers and remarkable to those who appreciate what our soldiers do to protect
our way of life.
22 March 2007
Raymond T. Odierno
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
Commander, Multinational Corps—Iraq