Bloody Heroes Mass Market Paperback – Jun 26 2007
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"The most dramatic story of a secret wartime mission you will ever read" News of the World "A gripping account that follows the exploits of British and American special forces involved in a secret, deadly dual in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan" Eye Spy Magazine "A must read" Compass South "One of the best, if not THE best, books ever written about Special Forces operations" Amazon.co.uk "This is a powerful military story, told with a human touch" The Good Book Guide
About the Author
Damien Lewis is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has worked for the Daily Telegraph, Guardian and the BBC. His previous books include Sunday Times bestsellers: Slave, Operation Certain Death and, most recently Bloody Heroes.
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While the battle itself has received much publicity over the years, the background to the unexpected uprising was a surprise, at least for me. The Northern Alliance had accepted an "honorable" surrender from the 600 man AQT force, which in fact did not include searching them for weapons; then it unwisely chose to imprison them in Qala-I-Janghi which had until just recently been a major Taliban base and contained a huge arms dump. The captured AQT quickly realized their good fortune and bided their time to rise up against the CIA officers interrogating them when they were most exposed. In the ensuing chaos they easily gained access to the stored arms and a prolonged fight ensued. AQT far outnumbered the Western quick reaction force that responded and had a virtually inexhaustible supply of light arms and some heavy weapons.
This book covers - in its entirety - a seemingly forgotten battle early in the Afghanistan War/Conflict/Police Action or whatever it's being called these days.
The book was written by a Brit, mostly about Brits, so expect some "colonial" put-downs against our American boys. However, they are typically good-natured and are used sparingly.
Anyway, this book is a quick read and is bursting at the seams describing contemporary warfare at its quickest and bloodiest.
This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Qala-I-Janghi (Fortress of War), the War in Afghanistan, Special Forces operations, a war account from America's most steadfast ally, a break-neck action story, or just anyone who wants to read an interesting and entertaining story.
Simply put - BUY THIS BOOK AS SOON AS YOU CAN!
It is a terrible read to anyone truly in the know. As a veteran (and one who has studied the Military Arts and Science field and Military History of all eras for decades, I can tell you that are a ton of factual errors in this book, which is odd considering the amount of "supposed" Special Forces / SpecOps people who have apparently said it's brilliant. And... contrary to what Lewis believes, not every sentence Brits speak has the word 'mate' in it (and ditto for Americans and the word 'buddy'.) I think he keeps trying to give the stereotypical impression of the hard pressed but cheerful British "Squaddie"... and the obviously dumb Yanks! The Taliban fighters come out with comments like 'cowardly infidel dogs' and the italicized Arabic words grow tiresome after a while. The "CIA Bob" speech on the mountain was cringeworthy. Overall it reads like a young boys comic book.
There is an obvious dislike for the SAS presented - and the American Special Forces, Delta Force, and CIA Paramilitaries are barely recognized.... And clearly second-class Operators!
The author is clearly NOT very sure on MOST of the facts!
This would really NOT even pass as a readable fiction book. As a supposed true story it's extremely laughable!
The British forces basically get pulled into a fight at a fort where Taliban fighters surrendered under false pretenses and then break out of the area where they were being held and start to fight Afghan and Allied forces.
Once again very entertaining with the added bonus of being a true story, which brings the harsh reality of the barbaric nature of this fight into the spotlight, with the added message that you shouldn't always (well, probably almost never) believe what the media reports about battles such as these.
Really enjoyable, I am a die-hard Damien Lewis fan.