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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144472696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444726961
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,847 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.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Surprised Lady Reader on 19 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By AD_Fezzer on 22 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Maxwell on 10 Sep 2014
Format: Paperback
Published in paperback 2012. 308 pages with 12 pages of index. This book deals with a small war in a faraway place, to paraphrase Michael BURLEIGH. In November 1967 the British left Aden with the withdrawal of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders under Colonel Colin 'Mad Mitch' Mitchell. Aden became the capital of the socialist / communist republic of South Yemen. Next door was the Sultanate Oman, of significant strategic importance controlling the Strait of Hormuz. In 1970 the Sandhurst educated Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father. The Russian and Chinese backed South Yemen started a uprising in Dhofar, a region of SW Oman. The British supported Qaboos with ‘military aid’ but no public acknowledgement that UK combat troops were in Oman. This book deals with an attack by 100s of rebels on the outpost of Mirhat in the Dhofar region near the border with South Yemen. It describes in detail the heroics of the SAS, local tribesmen and Omani police who, against overwhelming odds, prevailed against the insurgents.

The book approaches the subject from 4 viewpoints – a geopolitical history of the region, a slightly breathless blow by blow account of the battle, the failure of the successive UK governments to properly acknowledge the heroism of the SAS and the tribesmen on the side of Qaboos and a discussion of the geopolitical situation following the battle.

The writing style is a little bit gung ho Boys Own Paper, Kiplingesque almost. The argot of the SAS is heavily used, male genitals are known as ‘small artillery’, SAS weapons gave them ‘raw fire power’ and ‘showered hot metal on the enemy’, bullets hitting rocks gave rise to ‘shards of stone and freshly minted dust’ and at an SAS briefing there was ‘enough stomach acid to melt a bucket of nails’!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gt on 24 Aug 2011
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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 By Jimmy on 26 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Artefact on 14 Oct 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ole Bjrsvik on 26 Jun 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The story is special. I've allways wanted to know it better. And it drives forward the book.

But I'm a history buff. And I would never recommend this book to anyone.

The writing is embarasing. Don't there exist proof reading ediors anymore?
The brits is a nation of history buffs, but too often there is more "buff" than taste: This writing made me embarassed.
If this book is ever printed in a third edition, these changes ought to be done:
1) Use a text editor; find all adjectives and phrases that has a potential of being a cliche. Write them up on a big white board. Make sure none of them is used more than once. And erase the rest from the book.
2) Never write anything a second or third time, as if it is the first time the reader encounter it in the story.
3) Don't try to build up the climax of the book, ...once every second page. It's just transparent and embarassing. (I feel sorry for the real guys.)
4) Double check all adjectives mercilessly. If you call one guy "brilliant", and four pages later tell how little common sence he had; why did you then use the word brilliant? Was it on a list of adjectives you had to put into the book? Or were you writing for the family? -- It is transparent that it has to be either of the two.

And: Newton never made any laws about thermodynamics. They were made hundred years after he died. Did you mean the second law about thermodynamics, about antropy? Or did you mean Newton's third law, but you had once heard about a "second" law in thermodynamics. Either way, it wasn't very descriebing on what the next sentences descriebed. -- It was only to impress the reader, wasn't it?
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