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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007257805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007257805
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Bishop has been a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, reporting from conflicts all over the world. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling 'Fighter Boys', 'Bomber Boys' and '3 Para'.

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‘Wonderfully compelling … a fast-paced story of incredible bravery that at times reads like a thriller.’ Christina Lamb, Sunday Times

‘Bishop gives a gripping insight into deployment in Afghanistan last year of 3 Para…written with the fluent, rich and engaging fashion typical of the author's as a journalist.’ The Times

‘He presents an inspiring story of courage, discipline and…selfless comradeship…the frenzy of close–quarters combat…is captured particularly vividly…fast–paced and absorbing.’ Daily Mail

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Afghanistan, Summer 2006. This is war.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
It was April 2006 and 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment (3 Para) Battle Group were deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan for a 6 month tour of duty. What they were expecting to encounter and what they found on arrival were entirely different things. The pre-deployment intelligence suggested the tour was likely to pass without a shot being fired whilst they concentrated on a task which required them to provide security for a reconstruction programme.

Six months later, the Battle Group returned home having fought one continuous battle after another during which they defeated the Taliban within Helmand Province. That military success did not, however, come without a price. 18 Officers and men died during the tour after another two had lost their lives in preliminary operations.

It is many years since I served with 3 Para and I well remember the stories of both Sergeant Willetts who saved many lives in Northern Ireland for which he was awarded a posthumous GC in the 1970s and, in 1982, Sergeant Ian McKay who was awarded the last VC of the 20th Century. Now, in just 6 months in 2006, 3 Para had added yet another VC and another GC in addition to many other honours and awards to their illustrious Battalion and Regimental history.

Written by a professional foreign correspondent who was given access to all the information and personal stories required to create this significant, and important, work of literature about a series of modern military actions, Patrick Bishop has done an excellent job in providing an informative and readable account of exactly what happened.

This is what our forces are doing in Afghanistan. Doubtless, in many ways, it will be similar to what our forces are doing in Iraq.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2007
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3 PARA is an old fashioned book about a close-knit regiment, the author clearly admires the Toms and enjoys telling the classic British army tale (the boys are holed up without adequate numbers and ammunition fighting a savage enemy - and that's just the Americans). It is not a book for those who despair of war, although it doesn't hold back the details of deaths in action.

I enjoyed it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ringwood Tony on 22 Oct 2007
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I had the honour of taking part in the attack on Tumbledown Mountain with the 2nd Bn Scots Guards 25 years ago. We had different challenges, including an extended supply line, compared to those written about. But our experiences were over quickly, unlike the fierce fighting that took place over a prolonged period by the soldiers described in the book.

"3 Para" is an honest account that does not pull punches or try to be politically correct. In addition to the well researched descriptions of battles/contacts, it also gives the big picture, in a way that can be easily followed. You can taste the fear in your mouth as you read how our troops reacted during the fog of war.

I believe this book is a must for any serving or retired military person. You hear the age old cry of "the youth of today are this or that", well this book confirms that our soldiers today are something very special. Although entitled "3 Para", it also includes material on a number of other units. I have read many military accounts over the years, but 3 Para is at the top of the list. This is the book for the person who tells you "they never read books". It is also a book that would make interesting reading for our Politicians (of all parties). This book also confirms, what soldiers who have been in active service, have known for hundreds of years - you don't do it for your Queen and Country - you do it for your mates!

This book will help you remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice during this and other conflicts. It should also help you think about those who have suffered terrible injuries and are living today.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tom Scott on 20 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
A superb piece of reporting that takes readers right to the heart of this campaign and near-forgotten commitment. Afghanistan, the searing heat of summer 2006, and 3 Para deploy to Helmand province to support reconstruction. It should be relatively peaceful. Instead, constant attacks ensue in gruelling conditions. Bishop puts us in the firing line too. Supplies dwindle, dust and heat rise, and the Taliban keep coming. This is edge-of-the-seat writing, sharp, gripping. While armchair critics have abandoned concepts like duty, heroism, courage, all three are here in abundance as 3 Para pay the price we ask of our armed forces. Patrick Bishop does a superb job of telling their story - our story, the story we write from the increasingly carping safety of home. This is a tribute to brave men. It reminds us what we ask, and what we owe. A brilliant book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Krantz on 8 Oct 2008
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This book is indeed fantastic to read, it is well researched and gives a slightly more wholesome view of what our boys are up against. My only criticism, not meaning to take anything away from the author, is that the book is not written as if a soldier is talking, but rather from a third person perspective, which is good but not my personal choice (after reading sniper one). This by no means takes away from the value of the book and its a very good read, for anyone who wants a bit of a clue as to what's really going on in afghanistan.
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