Matina Jewell

Best-Selling Book

Caught in the Crossfire

Matina Jewell

Best-Selling Book

Caught in the Crossfire

Best-Selling book

Caught in the Crossfire is a frighteningly dramatic, first-hand account of the chaos and confusion of modern war and the leadership qualities to survive it.

Whilst serving as a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon in 2006, Matina was caught in a vicious full-scale war between Hezbollah and Israel. With aerial, artillery and tank fire exploding all around her, Matina led an extraordinary – and fateful – mission from the front line.

Under fire and under pressure, Matina’s story is one of courage, integrity and leadership in action.

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“Readers will travel with you through the emotional roller coaster ride. It will bring tears but it is the triumphs that will capture hearts and minds.”

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (ReT'd),
Former RSL National President

“Couldn't put it down.”

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Knowing what’s coming, I put on my sky-blue UN armoured vest and helmet. My team-mates laugh and joke about how cute I look in my little blue armoured suit. But after the first 1000-pound aerial bomb hits a nearby town seconds later, smashing buildings apart, the mockers scramble for their own flak jackets and helmets.

It’s my turn to joke now, as they frantically put on their body armour behind the parapet of the observation platform, which, though made of reinforced concrete, would be no match for a direct hit. Our excitement and fear grow. Adrenaline is pumping through our bodies, making our voices high-pitched and speech rapid.

The Israeli artillery batteries open up from the Golan Heights. Crump-crump-crump! They are after the Hezbollah headquarters and other bases in and around the town of El Khiam. We are in their line of fire. Freight-train sounds crack overhead and then – Kaboom-kaboom-kaboom! – the town is ripped up. I cringe at the thought of hot metal flying into buildings, cars and people.

The artillery barrage continues for twenty minutes and then it stops. Silence. Time freezes. The artillery lifts to allow an Israeli fighter jet to fly in on its bombing run.

Lethal load inbound.

Then in slow motion – at eye level from me, just a cricket pitch distance away – comes a massive 1000-pound laser-guided aerial bomb. With its fins out, it glides smoothly and relentlessly to its target only 75 metres behind our observation post.

Caught in the Crossfire by Matina Jewell (Allen & Unwin)

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