Post-World War II

Special Air Service (SAS)

Iraq: The Bravo Two Zero Mission

Asher, Michael. The Real "Bravo Two Zero": The Truth Behind "Bravo Two Zero." London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2002. [pb] London: Orion, 2003.

From publisher: "BRAVO TWO ZERO by patrol commander 'Andy McNab' became an international best-seller, as did the book by 'Chris Ryan' (THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY).... Three members of the [eight-man] 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."

Coburn, Mike. Soldier Five: The Real Truth about the Bravo Two Zero Mission. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 2004.

From publisher: "Bravo Two Zero has become one of the most notorious episodes in military history. Several accounts of the ill-fated SAS mission behind Iraqi lines during the 1991 Gulf War have already been published but in Soldier Five, Mike Coburn, one of the eight members of the patrol, now seeks to set the story straight and honour the memory of his three comrades who were killed."

Crawford, Steve. SAS Gulf Warriors: The Story Behind "Bravo Two Zero." London: Simon & Schuster, 1995. [pb] 1996.

From publisher: "The 1991 Gulf War ... saw the biggest deployment of SAS soldiers to an operational theatre since World War II. Some of their exploits, notably the ordeal of the patrol code-named 'Bravo Two Zero', have become well known.... Aiming to provide a fuller record of the operations, this book incorporates first-hand accounts,... and also discusses aspects such as the co-operation between the British and American special forces during the campaign, and the strategic role of the SAS."

McNab, Andy. Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq. New York: Island Books, 1994. New York: Bantam, 1994. [pb]

From publisher: "In January 1991 a squad of eight [British SAS] men went behind the Iraqi lines on a top secret mission. It was called Bravo Two Zero. On command was Sergeant Andy McNab.... McNab and his men found themselves surrounded by Saddam's army.... Eight set out. Five came back." The book is "[f]illed with no-holds-barred detail about McNab's capture and excruciating torture."

Ratcliffe, Peter, with Noel Botham and Brian Hitchen. Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years in Action with the SAS. London: Lewis International, 2000. [pb] London: Michael O'Mara, 2001.

From publisher: The author was "SAS's Regimental Sergeant-Major during the Gulf War.... Spanning action in Northern Ireland, Oman, and South Georgia and the Falklands, the author's SAS career reached its peak during the Gulf War.... [H]e provides the most authoritative explanation to date for the failure of the disastrous Bravo Two Zero patrol."

Ryan, Chris. The One That Got Away: My SAS Mission Behind Iraqi Lines. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 1998.

From publisher: "During the Gulf War, deep behind Iraqi lines, an SAS team was compromised.... [T]he eight men were forced to run for their lives. Only one, Chris Ryan, escaped capture or death, and he did it by walking nearly 180 miles through the desert.... This is a story of extraordinary courage under fire ... and ...of one man's courageous refusal to lie down and die."

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