Bravo Two Zero: The true story of an SAS Patrol behind enemy lines in Iraq



In January , Eight Members Of The SAS Regiment Embarked Upon A Top Secret Mission That Was To Infiltrate Them Deep Behind Enemy Lines Under The Command Of Sergeant Andy McNab, They Were To Sever The Underground Communication Link Between Baghdad And North West Iraq, And To Seek And Destroy Mobile Scud Launchers Their Call Sign BRAVO TWO ZERO Each Man Laden With Stone Of Equipment, They Patrolled Km Across Flat Desert To Reach Their Objective Within Days, Their Location Was Compromised After A Fierce Fire Fight, They Were Forced To Escape And Evade On Foot To The Syrian Border In The Desperate Action That Followed, Though Stricken By Hypothermia And Other Injuries, The Patrol Went Ballistic Four Men Were Captured Three Died Only One Escaped For The Survivors, However, The Worst Ordeals Were To Come Delivered To Baghdad, They Were Tortured With A Savagery For Which Not Even Their Intensive SAS Training Had Prepared ThemBravo Two Zero Is A Breathtaking Account Of Special Forces Soldiering A Chronicle Of Superhuman Courage, Endurance And Dark Humour In The Face Of Overwhelming OddsBravo Two Zero: The true story of an SAS Patrol behind enemy lines in Iraq

Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti terrorist and anti drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.Trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime target elimination, demolitions, weapons and tactics, covert surveillance and information gathering in hostile environments, and VIP protection, McNab worked on cooperative operations with police forces, prison services, anti drug forces and western backed guerrilla movements as well as on conventional special operations In Northern Ireland he spent two years working as an undercover operator with 14th Intelligence Group, going on to become an instructor.McNab also worked as an instructor on the SAS selection and training team and instructed foreign special forces in counter terrorism, hostage rescue and survival training.Andy McNab has written about his experiences in the SAS in two bestselling books, Bravo Two Zero 1993 and Immediate Action 1995 Bravo Two Zero is the highest selling war book of all time and has sold over 1.7 million copies in the UK To date it has been published in 17 countries and translated into 16 languages The CD spoken word version of Bravo Two Zero, narrated by McNab, sold over 60,000 copies and earned a silver disc The BBC s film of Bravo Two Zero, starring Sean Bean, was shown on primetime BBC 1 television in 1999 and released on DVD in 2000.Immediate Action, McNab s autobiography, spent 18 weeks at the top of the bestseller lists following the lifting on an ex parte injunction granted to the Ministry of Defence in September 1995 To date, Immediate Action has now sold over 1.4 million copies in the UK.McNab is the author of seven fast action thrillers, highly acclaimed for their authenticity and all Sunday Times bestsellers Published in 1997, Remote Control was hailed as the most authentic thriller ever written and has sold over half a million copies in the UK McNab s subsequent thrillers, Crisis Four, Firewall, Last Light , Liberation Day , Dark Winter , Deep Black and Aggressor have all gone on to sell equally well The central character in all the books is Nick Stone, a tough ex SAS operative working as a K on deniable operations for British Intelligence.McNab s fiction draws extensively on his experiences and knowledge of Special Forces soldiering He has been officially registered by Neilsen Bookscan as the bestselling British thriller writer of the last year.

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  • 05 June 2018

10 thoughts on “Bravo Two Zero: The true story of an SAS Patrol behind enemy lines in Iraq

  1. says:

    This is a great book.BTZ is one of thefamous SF operations gone wrong stories told in the modern era, made evenpopular in a namesake movie with Ned Stark It is told from the POV of the patrol leader Andy pseudonym leading his eight man team on cable cutting and Scud hunting mission in Iraq just before the ground invasion phase of the 1991 Gulf War They get discovered, they get captured.Most of the focus is actually not on the fighting even though the introduction and the brie This is a great book.BTZ is one of thefamous SF operations gone wrong stories told in the modern era, made evenpopular in a namesake movie with Ned Stark It is told from the POV of the patrol leader Andy pseudonym leading his eight man team on cable cutting and Scud hunting mission in Iraq just before the ground invasion phase of the 1991 Gulf War They get discovered, they get captured.Most of the focus is actually not on the fighting even though the introduction and the brief combat elements are rather engaging but it is on the evasion and escape, the difficult weather conditions, the separation of the team into two groups, the death of some of the patrol members, and then the eventual capture of Andy just 4 km from the Syrian border.The second half of the book is about his time in captivity including interrogations and torture, and it s a somewhat difficult read, because it tells things the way they are not like in the movies It s gritty and sad On his release, Andy was one of the few who did not suffer from PTSD, and he went back to his life without too many traumas, but still a changed man.However, the best piece is the last piece.Andy tells a story how an army captain changed his life you re not thick, you re uneducated and how he finally read his first book something for 10 year olds when he was about 20, and that this was the proudest moment of his life And from someone who could barely read to a bestseller, well that s quite a ride that transcends bullets and explosions.Andy s message to kids in schools and those in trouble with the law is that education should come first That this was the most important part of his SAS journey not the missions It s a very humble and emotional message.I also know some people who say they know Andy and I ve seen there s a lot of controversy around the book, and the follow up books by Chris Ryan and another SAS fellow sort of stir up a controversy, but I m really not interested in the politics and the intrigue I take BTZ for what it is, and it s a really good, engaging soldier s story, with some less than glamorous details you don t normally think about when you speak militarese.Quite recommended.Igor

  2. says:

    I am giving this book a rating of 3.5Review to come soon.

  3. says:

    First of all, this review is concerned with the book and the book alone forget the conspiracy, bad mouthing and follow ups which have followed in the decade since this came out Instead, I m just focusing on Bravo Two Zero the book and the book alone Of the various true life war accounts written over the past century, it certainly stands out as a corker, chronicling the ill fated 1991 mission from beginning to chaotic ending, beginning with the initial planning back at base, moving to behind e First of all, this review is concerned with the book and the book alone forget the conspiracy, bad mouthing and follow ups which have followed in the decade since this came out Instead, I m just focusing on Bravo Two Zero the book and the book alone Of the various true life war accounts written over the past century, it certainly stands out as a corker, chronicling the ill fated 1991 mission from beginning to chaotic ending, beginning with the initial planning back at base, moving to behind enemy lines combat, and ending in the various mission members going their separate ways McNab writes a believable, in your face account of what it s like to be at the receiving end of brutal torture and the experience of taking part in a fierce firefight, his style alert and friendly, drawing you into the tale and refusing to let you go until the bitter end It certainly is a brutal story at least a third is taken up with prolonged descriptions of torture and other barbarity, and death and dehydration abound Other parts are exciting but tragic, such as the heroic shoot outs which result in death and destruction, I couldn t put the book down It stands as a testament to McNab s skill that he propels you along energetically despite the subject matter, with entertainment being the keyword here, and it IS entertaining I m sure most readers have dreamed about what it would like to be a soldier, well this is your chance to face the savage truth and I guarantee it ll put most off for life or give you a taste for similar non fiction works

  4. says:

    4,25 stars English paperback Thanks Trevor for the book found the raiding entery in an old agenda.

  5. says:

    I can read you like a book, and not a very good book Certainly not Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab Which actually improves with every read Alan Partridge.As an Alan Partidge devotee, I thought it only proper I should read the great man s favourite book It tells the story of an SAS misson during the first Gulf War As an insight into the functioning of a special forces unit, it s a great read Although heavy on jargon and military slang, it s always fast paced and it never gets in the way of I can read you like a book, and not a very good book Certainly not Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab Which actually improves with every read Alan Partridge.As an Alan Partidge devotee, I thought it only proper I should read the great man s favourite book It tells the story of an SAS misson during the first Gulf War As an insight into the functioning of a special forces unit, it s a great read Although heavy on jargon and military slang, it s always fast paced and it never gets in the way of the story For me one interesting thing was how the prose style was so different to what I normally read I m used to wooly liberal platitudes and quite waffly stuff This was not that McNab s clear cut, no nonsense, military attitude comes through as it is writteen It was very refreshing, a literary pallette cleanser, if you will.It s an incredible adventure story, told with suprising humour and warmth at times It was a lot better than I expected, although unlike Alan, I don t think I ll be re reading it

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    I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but one was the way it was written I mean I believe I could actually see the method of writing, whether from taped interviews and transcriptions or from careful notes The book was written the way McNab speaks and that voice is what comes through You get the sense you are being told the story by a gifted story teller, the kind of guy you want to hang out with and listen to his stories because, first and last, he tells a good story The narrative mov I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but one was the way it was written I mean I believe I could actually see the method of writing, whether from taped interviews and transcriptions or from careful notes The book was written the way McNab speaks and that voice is what comes through You get the sense you are being told the story by a gifted story teller, the kind of guy you want to hang out with and listen to his stories because, first and last, he tells a good story The narrative moves from dramatic descriptions and character interaction to explication smoothly, beautifully If McNab wrote this without editorial help, he has a rare kind of genius I am reminded of Joe Simpson s Touching the Void, a first time book that has amazing vividness and pacing and then there s Arabian Sands by Thesiger, which has similar vividness Regardless of truth or fact or whether you like tales of men doing manly things, Brave Two Zero has literary merit in a number of ways lacking in most fiction today Whether this is viewed as autobiography or fictionalized biography, it s a great read What do we pick up a book for, anyway Isn t it to be entertained Oy Another pint, please

  7. says:

    Perhaps the ultimate action thriller because it s all true Mere mortals can only wonder at the feats of sheer physical endurance, not to mention courage and resourcefulness, displayed by members of the world s elite fighting force Enough said I won t bother to repeat what many learned commentators have said before me I ve read the book several times, and it never fails to grip and amaze.

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    Britain s government has spent five years trying to gag Mike Coburn His account of an SAS mission that went wrong isabout truth than heroics, reports Nick Ryan.Bravo Two Zero For many people those three words conjure up the image of the soldier hero the special forces trooper the kind of cool minded killer who could go anywhere and seemingly do just about anything It was the call sign for a British Special Air Service SAS patrol during a mission in the 1991 Gulf War that was comp Britain s government has spent five years trying to gag Mike Coburn His account of an SAS mission that went wrong isabout truth than heroics, reports Nick Ryan.Bravo Two Zero For many people those three words conjure up the image of the soldier hero the special forces trooper the kind of cool minded killer who could go anywhere and seemingly do just about anything It was the call sign for a British Special Air Service SAS patrol during a mission in the 1991 Gulf War that was compromised behind enemy lines Three of the eight man team were killed, and four captured and tortured, while trying to destroy Scud missile launchers in north west Iraq One managed to escape by foot across the desert into Syria.For Andy McNab, the patrol s leader, and Chris Ryan, the soldier who escaped both names are pseudonyms the military blunders led, ultimately, to remarkable financial success Bravo Two Zero, McNab s lionised account of the mission, which was published in 1993, sold millions of copies and launched a slew of copycats Ryan followed with his story, entitled The One That Got Away

  9. says:

    What an exhilarating read different versions of the real life mission notwithstanding I am compelled to say, this book s narrative sounded as close as one could get to being sincere Only a man from the trenches could narrate so gruesome a story of interrogation and surviving it I was honestly surprised that a highly trained commando could write so well Maybe he had help but not all that way I am hoping A must read for all action thriller lovers However, I say that in reverence and deep res What an exhilarating read different versions of the real life mission notwithstanding I am compelled to say, this book s narrative sounded as close as one could get to being sincere Only a man from the trenches could narrate so gruesome a story of interrogation and surviving it I was honestly surprised that a highly trained commando could write so well Maybe he had help but not all that way I am hoping A must read for all action thriller lovers However, I say that in reverence and deep respect for the soldiers who made such unmatchable sacrifice

  10. says:

    I was looking for books covering the politics and upheavals in Middle East This book is biography of a Special operations soldier SAS from UK The operation Bravo Two Zero was carried out in 1st Gulf war in 1998, I picked thinking its from the 2003 Iraq war But glad I did The mission was to survey the scuds, cable lines in Iraq and the operation was called Bravo Two Zero.When reading the risky operation, the responsibilities, the decisions to be taken on the fly, the physical and mental p I was looking for books covering the politics and upheavals in Middle East This book is biography of a Special operations soldier SAS from UK The operation Bravo Two Zero was carried out in 1st Gulf war in 1998, I picked thinking its from the 2003 Iraq war But glad I did The mission was to survey the scuds, cable lines in Iraq and the operation was called Bravo Two Zero.When reading the risky operation, the responsibilities, the decisions to be taken on the fly, the physical and mental pressure, stories of endurance of the soldiers from the patrol, one can t stop wondering if man really has the potential to endure so much pain It is definitely extraordinary story of extraordinary people btw, there were accusations that McNab exaggerated, would be picking Soldier Five by another member from same team The book wasfrom a soldier s point of view, and the opinions expressed over humanity were restricted to that of a prisoner i.e with the Iraqis seen in bad light But this is a soldiers tale in the battlefield and is fair I wonder if there are any books from the other side, a Iraqi civilian s view of foreign troops in their country What must have been on the mind s of Iraqi people and soldiers when they saw foreign army enter their land and air the great Iraqi Invasion Though we agree that Saddam was a terror but we know that Iraq in his time was far better than what is now ruled by Al Qaeda and ISIS.Looking back, we know that there were no weapons of mass destruction The lives of these brave soldiers were risked for what Was it really for protection of civilians The torture and deaths of soldiers, civilians was it all worth

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