Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Zero Six Bravo by Damien Lewis Book Review

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This is an amazing true story.  All the events described in the book are non-fiction. This is an unbelievable and totally gripping, suspense filled book that you are not going to be able to put down.  

A little background on the book:  These men were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. Well, nothing could be further from the real truth.  It took 10 long years before the true story of these sixty brave men is finally able to be shared.  Back in March 2003 the M Squadron British SBS unit was sent 1,000 kilometers behind enemy lines.   British intelligence had suggested that eh 5th morale was at a low point.  M Squadron members were told 5th Corps  would not to fight and would pretty much surrender immediately. This wasn’t the case at all. This was  a complete  mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.   Yes, 100, 000 men to be taken by 60 men.  I wrote that correctly.  So you understand the reality that they faced, know that the mission was named  “Operation No Return. “  

These elite and well trained soldiers were caught in a challenging ambush by thousands of die-hard Sadam Hussein fanatics.  Add the massive firepower of the 5th Corps' battle tanks and heavy machine guns to that.  Eight of their specially modified Land Rovers became bogged down in Iraqi swamps and M Squadron was in a desperate situation.  Their fuel and ammo was running low and they were in dire straits. The men were totally and quickly outnumbered, out-manuevered and outgunned.  Nothing like the original plan but M Squadron made the critical, courageous and difficult decision to destroy sensitive data and prepare for death or capture as the Iraqis closed in on them.  Zero Six Bravo shares all the details in living color about this battle fought valiantly by the British and allied Special Forces trapped behind enemy lines. You feel and get a true sense of what they experience as the author literally transports you back to the Iraqi swamps. This is an incredible story of true courage and military resilience in the eyes of death.  This was a great book that was hard to put down.

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