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Winter Warriors: Across Bosnia with the PBI 1995/1996 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Book Guild Publishing Ltd (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846240778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846240775
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to understand the real
British army, this is a good place to start. -- Professor Richard Holmes author of Redcoat, Tommy and Dusty Warriors

This is the best account I have
ever read of day-to-day life on operations in the Balkans
-- Professor Richard Holmes author of Redcoat, Tommy and Dusty Warriors

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter MacDonald on 26 Jan. 2007
I got this book after being recommended by a friend and was not disappointed. It is a brilliant account of a soldier's war in Bosnia under the UN and NATO and goes into intricate detail about how the British Army coped to win the peace.

It starts with his transfer from a sister regiment and the build up training. It is funny and thought provoking at the same time. British soldiers were getting killed under the UN and he describes the specialist training they received. It moves on to landing in Croatia after a scary flight in a Russian airliner and the first sights of war. Les tells it how it was, his feelings as they entered Bosnia and of his first impressions of that war scarred country.

He tells in detail what it was like on his first posting - alone - in support of the troops trying to stop the Serb siege of Sarajevo. Of how he arrived in sunshine and a few days after the country was covered in snow. He tells of how difficult the living conditions were and of the dangers of the extreme cold weather, shootings and landmines.

He doesn't mix his words or water them down. He tells of bravery as well as incompetence, of humour as well as sadness. He tells of the super effort that the British Infantry, Engineers and Cavalry (as well as a few medics, Royal Navy Pilots and cooks!) put in to ensure that the war didn't escalate.

I remember reading about the war in Bosnia when it happened and seeing the awful footage on the news. This book tells the real story and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the British Army, military or recent European history.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven McLaughlin on 28 Feb. 2007
In the 1990s the Balkans dissolved into a state of civil war, anarchy and bloody ethnic cleansing - the entire region teetering on the abyss of grim chaos and never-ending slaughter. Winter Warriors offers us a privileged glimpse into those nightmarish days, when the Balkan Wars dominated the airwaves much as Iraq does today. Les Howard was a key participant at the height of the troubles, and his account of those arduous and morale sapping days makes for a riveting and memorable read.

The author deployed to Bosnia as part of the feared Light Infantry battle group, during the artic winter of 1995. As the commander of a Warrior fighting vehicle he had the responsibility of steering his men through sniper-ridden forests and mine-laced dirt tracks - with the threat of sudden and shocking violence ever present.

As a fellow Royal Green Jacket and infanteer I found the book to be utterly fascinating, and as such, I recommend it highly. Les's moving and gripping account is both unnervingly accurate and expertly detailed - and for any British soldier that has ever `served on ops', it is an essential and compulsory read.

Steven McLaughlin

Author of Squaddie - a soldier's story
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Micky Brennan on 22 Mar. 2007
I am an avid reader of "squaddie" books and this is one of the best I have ever read. I have always wanted to know the finer details of how a soldier actually lived on operations and Winter Warriors has it all. I actually felt as if I was there in Bosnia, coping with the demands of active service, the extreme cold and tiredness, constant sniping and hair raising patrols across mine filled countryside. This book is a testament to our lads in the army, but I was amazed to find out that Les was one of fifty Territorial Army soldiers who volunteered to go to Bosnia, something that has never been mentioned before. I couldn't put Winter Warriors down and will be reading this book again very soon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Hunter on 18 Jan. 2007
I ordered the book on the recommendation of a friend, and I'm glad I did. Les Howard writes with a style that puts you in the story so that you can practically feel the cold creeping into your bones and the tension that comes from being isolated and exposed in a war zone. It also cost me a couple of very tired days at work because I couldn't put it down the night before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Owen Sumner on 24 April 2007
Honest, down to earth, extremely detailed and very very readable. This is what its like to be a British soldier on operations where danger is ever-present and professionalism with a sense of humour gets you through. If you have ever served or are thinking about it - this is the book for you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on 20 April 2009
The author puts the reader right there into the heart of the savage Winter of 95/96, I know because I was also there as a British Soldier at this time but have just had my memories and pictures to remind me of what it was like, until that is I picked up Les Howards' excellent Winter Warriors! for anyone who has ever served in Bosnia either during the conflict or during the sometimes very difficult and frustrating IFOR/SFOR times you will enjoy Winter Warriors... during one of the worst Winters recorded in modern times in the Balkans the dangers weren't just from the former warring factions but also from the bitter Winter itself, as an EOD Immediate Response Team we were always busy getting crashed out to vehicles that had slid off the road or down hillsides.

Nice One Les, here is hoping to see more from you in the future.

I fully recommend Winter Warriors to Soldier & Civilian alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brecon on 30 Oct. 2007
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A gripping read about squaddie life in the raw. Professor Holmes statement on the book jacket says it all. This is not a 'rambo' or 'gung-ho' read, it's life as I remember it after spending 22 years in the army. I highly recommend this book by Les Howard and there must be another book to follow.
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