- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (13 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304366994
- ISBN-13: 978-0304366996
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Operation Barras: The SAS Rescue Mission Sierra Leone 2000 (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Paperback – 13 Jan 2005
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'In Operation Barras William Fowler describes the historic setting for British involvement in Sierra Leone that led up to the rescue mission. The build up to the airborne assault by the SAS and Paras on September 10 is covered in great detail and you are pitched into the action. It is an insider's book that will appeal to soldiers and anyone with an interest in the development of post colonial Africa.' (EYE SPY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The history unfolds and previous recent British involvement in Sierre Leone is described and, logically, we find ourselves within the hut with the captives. The efforts of the diplomats and UN forces to deal with the situation ahead of the arrival of the British rescue force and the setting-up of the operation are all described, together with as full an account of the actual rescue and its aftermath as can be told at present.
Officer Fowler has secured good sources and researched the background thoroughly, yet his account is full of the personal comments and observations one might expect from a military man.
The tale of the Army's reaction to the arrival of RAF Police 'to check for contraband' before boarding their Hercules transport home is but one example. It rang true and made me laugh.
There is some more detail to be added I know (as does the author - hence only 4 Stars!) but, for now, this is probably the best account I have seen of the incident. Try it - you won't be disappointed.
The sections dealing actually with Barras are balanced, sensible and matter of fact, without any of the hype that often surrounds Special Forces operations (shame about the sub-title...). Over all the book deals with the operation in the best possible way, with the facts of the case, well supported by the testimony of those who were there, but set within it's historical and political context. The author, in a very readable style, sets out not only what happened, but why, and how it is important.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read, but slow to start. It provides good back ground info if you know nothing about the civil war in Sierra Leone.Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by Craig Sweenie
This book is heavy on military strategy before you actually get to the rescue mission. This is, however quite useful to help you understand the background to the civil war in... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2010 by Mary Evans
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