Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1994
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"The best account yet of the SAS in action" Sunday Times "Extraordinary" The Times "Gripping" Daily Telegraph "Magnificent" Independent on Sunday --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Their mission: To take out the scuds. Eight went out. Five came back. Their story had been closed in secrecy. Until now. They were British Special Forces, trained to be the best. In January 1991 a squad of eight men went behind the Iraqi lines on a top secret mission. It was called Bravo Two Zero. On command was Sergeant Andy McNab. "They are the true unsung heroes of the war." -- Lt. Col. Steven Turner, American F-15E commander. Dropped into "scud alley" carrying 210-pound packs, McNab and his men found themselves surrounded by Saddam's army. Their radios didn't work. The weather turned cold enough to freeze diesel fuel. And they had been spotted. Their only chance at survival was to fight their way to the Syrian border seventy-five miles to the northwest and swim the Euphrates river to freedom. Eight set out. Five came back. "I'll tell you who destroyed the scuds -- it was the British SAS. They were fabulous." -- John Major, British Prime Minister. This is their story. Filled with no-holds-barred detail about McNab's capture and excruciating torture, it tells of men tested beyond the limits of human endurance... and of the war you didn't see on CNN. Dirty, deadly, and fought outside the rules.See all Product Description
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Within hours of Iraqi troops and armor rolling across the border with Kuwait at 0200 local time on August 2, 1990, the Regiment was preparing itself for desert operations. Read the first page
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The book is a GRIPPING read expecially the part about his horrendous torture by the iraqi's. The way he writes makes you feel like your standing next to the man himself during the mission.
It's a tale of true british heroism by an outstandingly brave group of men sent on an impossible mission.
At the time, "Bravo Two Zero" seemed to confirm my view of the SAS as the world's premier elite unit, up there with the US's Delta Force and Israel's Sayeret Matkal. The tale that Andy McNab tells shows how training, guts and determination could overcome botches like being dropped too close to a hive of Iraqi soldiers with faulty intelligence and poor radio gear. The story of how the unit adapted to adversity was inspirational.
There's only one problem. Much of it is not true and I feel kicked in the teeth by the betrayal. Pick up a copy of "The Real Bravo Two Zero" by Michael Asher, published by Cassell & Co, ISBN 0-304-36436-3 in May 2002. The author is a former SAS trooper who has spent many years travelling in Arab lands. He read Bravo Two Zero and The One That Got Away and felt there was something wrong with them, apart from the fact that they flatly contradicted each other in many places. So he went into Iraq with a film crew and did some detective work.
Amazingly he found the original drop zone and all of the other significant sites in the book. He met the Iraqis who were on the other side and finds artifacts of the mission. The Iraqis (who were ordinary farmers and who, as we see, have no reason to lie) confirm the basic details of what the book says, but they (together with Asher's GPS) show up that many of the really heroic parts were exaggerated or plain made up by McNab!Read more ›
For better understanding of the real story read THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO by Michael Asher. GUESS WHAT? McNab FORGOT to tell the story of the armed confrontation and killings in his debreifing that took place in front of all of his superiours and unit members after he got back home. He ONLY REMEMBERED his extraordianry Rambo-like actions when he started publishing about it. REMARKABLE SELECTIVE LOSS OF MEMORY, dont you think?
One of the things that particularly interests me is how McNab's SAS team is able to cover huge amounts of terrain, in terrible weather, carrying monstrous loads on their back. This is a physical capability that only the SAS seems to have among the world's SOF units. To me, this ability to operate independently deep behind enemy lines, carrying huge loads on foot is a hallmark of the SAS and is very impressive.
McNab is eventually captured by the Iraqis and his description of his capture is harrowing. Another member of his patrol, Jack Ryan, manages to get away and survives a harrowing long march thru the desert, with no food or water to reach Syrian lines. What a classic SAS adventure!
General Norman Schwartzkopf, skeptical and suspicious of SOF units during the Gulf war, eventually warms up to the 22nd SAS Regiment and McNab mentions this in the book. I find it interesting that a conventional US Army General who as a general rule despises SOF ends up finding the SAS a first rate unit. The SAS must do something different...they ARE different.Read more ›
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for those who want nothing than to belittle this book, try and remember it is an edited version of what happened of course your not going to get all the detail and... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2011 by tafftrooper
The book is a great exciting read. In the tradition of Star War's !
Mc Nab certainly has a way of catching the readers attention. Read more
Who do you believe? The author who actually was there and experienced all what occured, or a man who knows nothing about it, but got his information second hand? Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Robert Lang
This is very good book and i recommend evreyone to read it!Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Guy Rutenberg
The book is "okay". Many have pointed out some probable embellishments. I will read the "Real Bravo Two Zero" once I can get my hands on it, so I'll save... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Weegee
I first watched the movie of Bravo Two Zero when I was 14, since then I have held an interest in all things SAS, Since reading the book though I have held these guys in a much... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by David Hassall
This book is not for everybody. The author goes into detail about his torture and it is gripping. I am glad these guys were on our side. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Steven R. Marrell
The first time I heard about this story was from a History Channel special. Needless to say, I was intrigued. A few months later I saw the movie. Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Del C Brown