After outlining the historical, geographical and political background, the book describes military action in a stark and mountainous environment, including operations with irregular forces and the SAS as well as action in the air and at sea. Baran eschewed protecting groups, for example, which are commonly used in organic synthesis to safeguard completed sections of the molecule while other parts are being built. Yet, economically she was too weak to support a war which would be fought on her land and was still indebted to Russia for military aid in a Magyar uprising four years earlier (Royle 65). Even though neutrality was the goal, seclusion from the war was out of the question. Providing air support on operations are some of the world’s most advanced helicopters.