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The Real Bravo Two Zero

Michael Asher

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Prose: non-fiction, Military history, Land forces & warfare

The true story of the most famous SAS operation in history.

'Bravo Two Zero' was the code-name of the famous SAS operation: a classic story of bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. BRAVO TWO ZERO by patrol commander 'Andy McNab' became an international bestseller, as did the book by 'Chris Ryan' (THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY). Both men became millionaires. Three members of the patrol were killed. One, veteran sergeant Vince Phillips, was blamed in both books for a succession of mistakes.

As Michael Asher reveals, the stories in BRAVO TWO ZERO and THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY grew considerably in the telling. Their heroic tales of taking out tanks with their rocket launchers, mowing down hundreds of Iraqi soldiers, the silent stabbing of the occasional sentry, were never mentioned at their post-war debriefings... In an investigation literally in the footsteps of the patrol, Michael Asher tells the true story.

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Praise for The Real Bravo Two Zero

  • This book is much too good to be left to the SAS-worshippers..readers will find his reconstruction of this 'twentieth-century Charge of the Light Brigade' absolutely enthralling - and share his feeling that the true story is quite stirring enough without embellishments - THE SCOTSMAN

  • What really happened when the now-famous SAS eight-man patrol landed behind enemy lines in Iraq. - DAILY MAIL

  • As near to the truth behind Bravo Two Zero as one is likely to get. - TLS

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Michael Asher

Michael Asher served in the Parachute Regiment and SAS. A fluent Arab speaker, he has lived for years among the Bedouin peoples. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his published books include SHOOT TO KILL (1990), THESIGER: A BIOGRAPHY (1994) and an acclaimed biography of Lawrence of Arabia. His THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO (2002) was a Sunday Times Top 10 best seller.