Ramadi Declassified - Col Tony Deane - US Army Book - Cover



In May 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Deane led the First Battalion, Thirty-fifth Armored Regiment—Task Force Conqueror—to the “most dangerous city in the world,” and the center of Al Qaeda’s New Islamic Caliphate, Ramadi, Iraq. His unit was attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division (Ready First Combat Team), and embarked on the pivotal battle of the Iraq War, the Battle of Ramadi. Over the course of the summer and fall of 2006, Task Force Conqueror and the Ready First saw some of the heaviest sustained urban fighting of the war. Their efforts, took back the city, fostered the start of the Anbar Awakening, and the eventual defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

A history book that reads like a thriller–and a must read for military leaders and diplomats that find themselves embroiled in a counterinsurgency.”
–General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Retired)

“Other than being shot at, there is no better way to prepare for war than reading a good book. Ramadi Declassified is one of them.”
–James Carafano,The Heritage Foundation
Feb 2017 AUSA’s Army Magazine

“As a highly courageous combat leader and skilled military diplomat, Tony Deane was a critical player in an epic turning point of the Iraq War. The urgent insights and lessons in this book, which reads like a great thriller, must be required reading for all American military and political leaders, as well as all citizens who want to know how the United States can again lead the free world and our allies to victory in the new global era.”
—William Doyle, Author, A Soldiers Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq and PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy

“Tony Deane has written the best account to date of what it means to be a combat leader on today’s battlefield. His account of leading a battalion in the thick of things in Ramadi takes readers right onto the city’s mean streets, providing a fascinating account of how U.S. forces helped turn the tide of war in Iraq. His writing is sharp and visceral, providing a fast-paced narrative that is hard to put down.”
–Jim Michaels
Author of “A Chance in Hell: the men who triumphed over Iraq’s deadliest city and turned the tide of war”

Ramadi Declassified - Col Tony Deane - US Army Book - Cover


Colonel Tony Deane enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1982 as a Cavalry Scout, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the University of Nebraska in 1985.  He has served in Armor and Cavalry units throughout his career, starting as a tank platoon leader and executive officer in the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor, Boblingen, Federal Republic of Germany, S3 Air, S4, and commander of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, as well as commander of Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served as the operations officer for the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (OPFOR) at Fort Irwin California, and commander, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor (Conquerors) in Baumholder, Germany, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, and Ramadi, Iraq.

Other assignments include COG, Operations Group B, Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Senior Brigade Trainer (Mustang 07), Joint Multinational Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Professor of Military Science, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, Strategic Planner, Allied Forces South (NATO) Naples, Italy, Operations Officer World Class OPFOR, Operations Group C, BCTP, and Brigade Adviser, 50th Brigade, Fort Dix, New Jersey. Colonel Deane’s deployments include Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (w/OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/5 OCL), the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of the Armor Basic and Advance Course, and the Combined Arms Staff Service School.

Colonel Deane and his wife Debora have been married for 28 years and have two daughters, Allison a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and Ashley, a social worker. He currently works as a management/leadership consultant.

… it became clear to me that killing the enemy was not going to accomplish our mission. Killing terrorists was necessary and I must admit extremely gratifying, but it was not always particularly helpful. Frankly, capturing them led to more intelligence, which led to the capture of more of the enemy, whereas killing terrorists was the end of the line.