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This is McNab's account of the mission - a chronicle of courage, endurance and dark humour in the face of extreme cold, enemy attack, capture, and torture of a savagery and relentlessness for which not even their intensive SAS training had prepared them.

Bravo Two-Zero

Author: Andy McNab

Title: Bravo Two-Zero

ISBN: 0552146250

ISBN13: 978-0552146258

Publisher: Corgi (January 2, 1999)

Language: English

Subcategory: Middle East

Size pdf version: 1802 kb

Size epub version: 1474 kb

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Rating: 4.5/5

Pages: 416 pages


Reviews (7)
FailCrew
I picked up this book many a years ago as mass market and read it right away. It was one of the first books I read regarding special opeations in the first iraq war. The portrayal of their time spent before the mission was fascinating to me. How they beg and barrow supplies, the life of the soldiers in the camp, and the level of freedom they had in regards to setting up the mission.

Once they got into Iraq the story was great also. Some funny incidents while they were on escape nd evasion across the desert trying to get to the border. With their luck expecting the compass to fail and see a sign welcoming them to baghadad. The only negative in the book in my opinion was the lengthy description of the time spent as a prisoner of war of the iraqis. While I think it should outrage the public how prisoners get treated by our enemies and the outrage over our seeming inhumanity, it just felt really long and just dry and boring.

Although the conclusion in the book of how he would deal with his interrogators, one of the best and most honest conclusions you will probably see on the subject.
FailCrew
I picked up this book many a years ago as mass market and read it right away. It was one of the first books I read regarding special opeations in the first iraq war. The portrayal of their time spent before the mission was fascinating to me. How they beg and barrow supplies, the life of the soldiers in the camp, and the level of freedom they had in regards to setting up the mission.

Once they got into Iraq the story was great also. Some funny incidents while they were on escape nd evasion across the desert trying to get to the border. With their luck expecting the compass to fail and see a sign welcoming them to baghadad. The only negative in the book in my opinion was the lengthy description of the time spent as a prisoner of war of the iraqis. While I think it should outrage the public how prisoners get treated by our enemies and the outrage over our seeming inhumanity, it just felt really long and just dry and boring.

Although the conclusion in the book of how he would deal with his interrogators, one of the best and most honest conclusions you will probably see on the subject.
Weernis
Mcnab is a natural story teller and you'll find it hard to put this book down. Throughout it you must keep fem

Andy Mcnab is a natural storyteller and you'll find it hard to put this book down. Throughout it you must keep reminding yourself that this actually happened. What Andy and his team endured during their evasion and capture is the stuff of nightmares. Even so, Mcnab is so funny, at times you forget the stakes of the game they're playing. You'll ask yourself several times if you could've survived the treatment these men were subjected to. I submit most could not. As a former American soldier it made me proud that we have allies made of such hard stuff.
Weernis
Mcnab is a natural story teller and you'll find it hard to put this book down. Throughout it you must keep fem

Andy Mcnab is a natural storyteller and you'll find it hard to put this book down. Throughout it you must keep reminding yourself that this actually happened. What Andy and his team endured during their evasion and capture is the stuff of nightmares. Even so, Mcnab is so funny, at times you forget the stakes of the game they're playing. You'll ask yourself several times if you could've survived the treatment these men were subjected to. I submit most could not. As a former American soldier it made me proud that we have allies made of such hard stuff.
Gir
Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab is a best­seller describ­ing a patrol by the Eng­lish Spe­cial Air Ser­vices (SAS) in Iraq dur­ing the Gulf War.

In 1991, eight British spe­cial forces SAS men went out on patrol to take out scud mis­siles fired from Iraq into Israel. Only five came back. Sergeant Andy McNab was their leader and the patrol was call sign was Bravo Two Zero.

Car­ry­ing 210 lbs. the patrol found them­selves in trou­bles from the start. Find­ing them­selves sur­rounded, they even­tu­ally got caught and harshly interrogated.

Bravo Two Zero: The Har­row­ing True Story of a Spe­cial Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq by Andy McNab was rec­om­mended to me, as men­tioned above, and sim­ply by read­ing the syn­op­sis I thought I'd like the book.

How­ever, as some­one with mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence I have to call bull­s*** on some of the sto­ries. I don't know about the tor­ture scenes and frankly hope never to find out, but some of the oper­a­tional pro­ce­dures and bravado seems to be utter machismo more to do with a Hol­ly­wood movie than with a book pre­sent­ing itself as fact.

For exam­ple, no way did an eight man team kill 250 peo­ple or took on a whole pla­toon and/or com­pany by them­selves. They might have killed a few and ran away (as would be the smart thing to do) but I seri­ously doubt the num­bers pre­sented. The prob­lem with such state­ments, as we all know, is that one wrong state­ment in any pre­sen­ta­tion puts in doubt the rest of the valid or fac­tual points.

That being said, I did enjoy the book. I thought it was inter­est­ing to get into the mind of an SAS man, the psy­chol­ogy of going behind enemy lines and the ter­ror of get­ting caught. The har­row­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges those guys faced in the Iraqi desert as well as the no-nonsense sto­ry­telling style puts the reader right there next to the men on patrol.

For those who like spe­cial oper­a­tions or want to learn more about the esteemed SAS this book is an excel­lent choice. The book is an easy read, a well writ­ten adven­ture story and even inspir­ing on sev­eral levels.
Gir
Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab is a best­seller describ­ing a patrol by the Eng­lish Spe­cial Air Ser­vices (SAS) in Iraq dur­ing the Gulf War.

In 1991, eight British spe­cial forces SAS men went out on patrol to take out scud mis­siles fired from Iraq into Israel. Only five came back. Sergeant Andy McNab was their leader and the patrol was call sign was Bravo Two Zero.

Car­ry­ing 210 lbs. the patrol found them­selves in trou­bles from the start. Find­ing them­selves sur­rounded, they even­tu­ally got caught and harshly interrogated.

Bravo Two Zero: The Har­row­ing True Story of a Spe­cial Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq by Andy McNab was rec­om­mended to me, as men­tioned above, and sim­ply by read­ing the syn­op­sis I thought I'd like the book.

How­ever, as some­one with mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence I have to call bull­s*** on some of the sto­ries. I don't know about the tor­ture scenes and frankly hope never to find out, but some of the oper­a­tional pro­ce­dures and bravado seems to be utter machismo more to do with a Hol­ly­wood movie than with a book pre­sent­ing itself as fact.

For exam­ple, no way did an eight man team kill 250 peo­ple or took on a whole pla­toon and/or com­pany by them­selves. They might have killed a few and ran away (as would be the smart thing to do) but I seri­ously doubt the num­bers pre­sented. The prob­lem with such state­ments, as we all know, is that one wrong state­ment in any pre­sen­ta­tion puts in doubt the rest of the valid or fac­tual points.

That being said, I did enjoy the book. I thought it was inter­est­ing to get into the mind of an SAS man, the psy­chol­ogy of going behind enemy lines and the ter­ror of get­ting caught. The har­row­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges those guys faced in the Iraqi desert as well as the no-nonsense sto­ry­telling style puts the reader right there next to the men on patrol.

For those who like spe­cial oper­a­tions or want to learn more about the esteemed SAS this book is an excel­lent choice. The book is an easy read, a well writ­ten adven­ture story and even inspir­ing on sev­eral levels.
BeatHoWin
We often read books or see movies that show how tough and rude elite forces are, and that's always an impressive thing to observe, But i've never encountered before a book that was able to show the real inner stuff that these soldiers are made of. And i'm not saying this guys are super human, incredible athletes and clever as a rocket scientific, what this book leads us to see is that this guys are a group of individuals which are in perfect knowledge of their universe; that being their bodies, their sorroundings, their limitations and possibilities in relation with their task. Only by knowing this is that they can act as they do; with the higher degree of coordination and efficiency possible to a human being. This gives new meaning to the old "be all you can be" motto, because this guys really are all that is possible to acheive.

Congratulations
BeatHoWin
We often read books or see movies that show how tough and rude elite forces are, and that's always an impressive thing to observe, But i've never encountered before a book that was able to show the real inner stuff that these soldiers are made of. And i'm not saying this guys are super human, incredible athletes and clever as a rocket scientific, what this book leads us to see is that this guys are a group of individuals which are in perfect knowledge of their universe; that being their bodies, their sorroundings, their limitations and possibilities in relation with their task. Only by knowing this is that they can act as they do; with the higher degree of coordination and efficiency possible to a human being. This gives new meaning to the old "be all you can be" motto, because this guys really are all that is possible to acheive.

Congratulations
Arihelm
I enjoyed reading this book, especially since there are not that many titles from the conflict it covers.
It is an interesting read due to those involved are the highly capable SAS. They came into this conflict with clear & concise orders however, no one could have been prepared for what they did encounter.
Highly recommended.
Arihelm
I enjoyed reading this book, especially since there are not that many titles from the conflict it covers.
It is an interesting read due to those involved are the highly capable SAS. They came into this conflict with clear & concise orders however, no one could have been prepared for what they did encounter.
Highly recommended.
Ichalote
McNabb covers a lot and there is a bit of stretching and elasticity with real world conditions. I have had similar experiences and some things ring true, but others are way beyond reality. No one is going to carry much more than 60% of their body weight very far for very long. I regularly train with 55% of my BW and even with lots of prep and practice, it just doesn't hold up. Nobody is carrying 120% of their BW mile after mile. In total I think it is a good tale and harrowing is probably an understatement. I agree with the last statement the author makes as I have a list of my own from different times and situations.
Ichalote
McNabb covers a lot and there is a bit of stretching and elasticity with real world conditions. I have had similar experiences and some things ring true, but others are way beyond reality. No one is going to carry much more than 60% of their body weight very far for very long. I regularly train with 55% of my BW and even with lots of prep and practice, it just doesn't hold up. Nobody is carrying 120% of their BW mile after mile. In total I think it is a good tale and harrowing is probably an understatement. I agree with the last statement the author makes as I have a list of my own from different times and situations.

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