With It or in It tells a captivating and unique story of the 1991 Persian Gulf War as seen from the loader's hatch of an M1A1 tank.
Using humor and frank candor, author Bacil Donovan Warren shares his personal experience, as well as that of his fellow tankers, as part of the US Army's 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (the "Brave Rifles") in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Warren recounts the initial shock of hearing about Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and his regiment's preparation for deployment during Operation Desert Shield. He describes the stress and sometimes mind-numbing boredom of being deployed deep in the desert of Saudi Arabia, constantly preparing for a possible Iraqi invasion. He recalls the terrifying experience of the start of the air war of Operation Desert Storm and the workman-like action during combat against Iraq's Republican Guard forces during Operation Desert Sabre. With It or in It brings clarity and focus to their unceasing efforts to bring the conflict to a swift and decisive end. Finally, Warren describes the triumphant return of the Brave Rifles to Ft. Bliss, Texas, and the waiting arms of their families and loved ones.
Warren's fellow tankers have called With It or in It "honest and moving" (R. Bell) and "almost identical to the experiences I had myself" (W. Compton). The commanding officer of the author's Troop during Desert Shield and Desert Storm remarks that With It or in It "brilliantly captures what is the rarely described gritty and demanding life of an armor crewman" (R. Schultheis).