Bravo Two-Zero

In January 1991, 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 15 Stone Of Equipment, They Patrolled 20km 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 Them Bravo Two Zero Is A Breathtaking Account Of Special Forces Soldiering A Chronicle Of Superhuman Courage, Endurance And Dark Humour In The Face Of Overwhelming Odds.Bravo Two-Zero

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 t

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 416 pages
  • Bravo Two-Zero
  • Andy McNab
  • English
  • 05 June 2018

10 thoughts on “Bravo Two-Zero

  1. 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 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 th...

  2. says:

    This is a great book.BTZ is one of the famous SF operations gone wrong stories told in the modern era, made even popular 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 eganging 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 pi...

  3. says:

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

  4. says:

    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...

  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 the story For me one interesting thing was how the...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 re...

  8. says:

    Well, at least it can t make us pregnant

  9. 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 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 was from 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 ...

  10. says:

    A must read for all fans of true war stories I think most people in the UK, if not the western world, who was around at the time of the first Iraq war will have at least heard of this mission This narrative takes us from the period when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait up until after the war had ended and the prisoners of the patrol code named Bravo Two Zero returned home I find that it is almost always worthwhile reading first hand accounts alongside the official histories as they tell you much and also provide you with the small but ultimately what can be the important details Andy McNab does this, and provides an insight not only into what happened, but also what he was thinking and feeling at the time His descriptions of his torture is brutal but not gratuitous, and includes his own perspective which surprisingly, is not these guys are evil and in fact relates his surprise at points that he is not tortured as ...

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