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SAS Operation Storm: Nine Men Against Four Hundred [Hardcover]

Roger Cole , Richard Belfield
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18 Aug 2011
SAS OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times.

If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with catastrophic consequences for the oil-hungry West.

SAS OPERATION STORM is a page-turning account of courage and resilience. Mirbat was a battle fought and won by nine SAS soldiers and a similar number of brave local people - some as young as ten years old - outnumbered by at least twenty-five to one.

Roger Cole, one of the SAS soldiers who took part, and writer Richard Belfield have interviewed every SAS survivor who fought in the battle from the beginning to the end - the first time every single one of them has revealed their experience.

SAS OPERATION STORM is a classic story of bravery against impossible odds, minute by minute, bullet by bullet.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition, First Impression edition (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444726951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444726954
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An excellent and detailed account'. (RUSI Review)

The time is now right for their bravery, at long last, to be properly recognised. (Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Sunday Times)

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The Inside Story of the SAS's most famous battle - nine men against four hundred - told for the first time by the men who were there. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for the Boys... 19 Aug 2011
My SAS nut husband bought me this as a joke birthday present and in order to annoy him I decided to pretend to read it so he couldn't get his hot litte hands on it.
To my utter amazement I actually started really enjoying it!
The subject matter isn't one that would normally appeal, blood and battles and all, but the way its written actually makes it really interesting.
Not too much military hardware detail but the real human story behind the conflict and the men who fought so amazingly bravely against such enormous odds.
So ladies; if you feel like moving outside your literary comfort zone this is definitely the book for you.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping account of a secret war 22 Aug 2011
Having recently visited southern Oman, and the site of the key battle of Mirbat, I was delighted to see this account had been released. I don't normally read military books, but this was really hard to put down. The story includes information on the background to the conflict painting a vivid picture of life in Oman at the time, and the people who lived there. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale well told of magnificent courage 24 Aug 2011
By gt
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This is a must read for all fans of tales of heroism. The battle of Mirbat is well known to people interested in the SAS, but little detail has ever been published of this amazing story.

A great tale well told with typical regiment sense of humour and lack of bull***t READ THIS BOOK and feel humble but proud of what was done by a tiny number of dedicated men against Rorkes Drift type odds. Deserved a handfull of VC's but as the operation was unoffical no open recognition was given.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 26 Aug 2011
By Jimmy
Truely an amazing story. all nine men deserve a vc for what they did. once i started to read i could not put the book down. A really honest no bullsh## BOOK.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing in it 14 Oct 2011
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Anyone who has read anything about SAS history knows about this battle, and knows as much as in this book.

It is badly written. When the author has exhausted his apparently limited stock of clichés he simply starts from the beginning again.

In between, journalistic hyperbole, artificial emotion and repetitive unsuccessful attempts at creating a dramatic atmosphere result in a short book that is still too long.

There is nothing new here and the brief story has been told much better elsewhere. Many times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Mirbat 6 Feb 2014
Fascinating story of the tension in the MiddleEast in the late 60s early 70s. What Roger Cole and his SAS colleagues done is truly amazing, which changed the course of communist power in that part of the world. Nine men taken on four hundred enemy is greater odds than fighting the Zulus at Roukes Drift. The book is a page turn. Once I started the book I could not put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle for Mirbat 21 Oct 2013
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Plenty of action and good bacground information on the attack by Adoo and the defence by 8 Troop, of the SAS. However, not up to the standard of other books on the same subject but nevertheless, a good book to have on the shelf for reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting to read 20 Oct 2013
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great book to read.Gripping story against all the odds a victory .Should be made into a film .would read it again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really good read it's the type of book you can't put down. It's a really great account of courage and comradeship. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great service, did what they promised. If I was much taller I would be able to write much more positive communication.
Published 7 months ago by James C. Knott
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Published 9 months ago by William Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirbat
Excellent and well worth the five stars. Well done Roger, liked the book - someone needed to write about it and Lab.
Published 9 months ago by Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account
This first hand account of the battle of Mirbat is well written and explains the background to the Oman war and how it was conducted.
Published 11 months ago by Diehard
1.0 out of 5 stars Words fail me
Buy it new for 82np!! in hardback. That alone speaks volumes. If you want to read the real story of the action at Mirbat read 'Storm Front' by Rowland White.
Published 11 months ago by Brecon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I'd never heard of this war, but it turns out to be one of the most courageous actions in recent military history. Well written, set with a good pace and heart felt admiration.
Published 11 months ago by iain
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read!
I liked reading this as I have a real interest in the Battle at Mirbat and this filled in all the gaps and questions I had. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Harnaik Singh Sandhu
4.0 out of 5 stars True legends!
I have read three or four books over the years relating to the Battle of Mirbat and I never get bored of reading about it......Until now, well let me explain. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Once again so much owed to ask few by so many. Bloody hero's all of them. As is always the case.
Published 12 months ago by Mr M D HOLLAND
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