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A true voice from inside the SAS!,
This review is from: Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years In Action With the SAS: 25 Years in Action with the SAS (Paperback)
When I decided to buy this book, I was wondering how the author's stories would compare to that of Cameron Spence and Yorky Crossland. I was interested to see whether he was a typical member of the regiment; or just a lucky nut-case who survived in the SAS for 25 years!
The book starts by describing his childhood; which is very interesting to say the least. It then goes onto his selection process with the Paras', which he seems to pass with distinction. This phase of the book is very exciting and you don't want to put the book down. After this he describes his time serving with the Paras' and how he decided to go for 22nd SAS Selection.
He doesn't say much about this, but does point out his opinions on what should be done to make selection better, and some funny moments in the 'Combat Survival' phase.
He describes in detail the Oman war, the the CT team, the Falklands war and the Gulf war. He also mentions the Peterhead Prison seige, which he was involved in. All are written superbly. He puts his opinions through clearly and expertly. To hear advice from a RSM from the 22nd SAS is quite something in my mind, an opinion that is more than likely to be correct!
The Gulf campaign is partly the reason why I bought the book. To hear another side to the 'Alpha One Zero' mission was extremely interesting. Most points are the same. Although Peter does point out that a few other authors have made exaggerations in their books.
Another reason I bought this book was because it apparantly 'sealed up' the 'Bravo Two Zero' ghosts and provided the most feasable answer to the myths of the patrol. I can honestly say that it does do this. I have great respect to Andy McNab, Chris Ryan (I've read their books too!)and all the other members of the patrol. The members who have written about their experiences where most probaly poorly advised into writing their book, thus causing them to add a few more dramas. I agree with the author that I find the story amazing enough; without any major contacts, but still hold great respect for the men.
This book is excellent. A great buy. Any reader interested in the SAS or Special Forces should buy this now! It's great!
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2014 06:52:31 GMT
Steve G says:
Corporal Stewart McLaughlin - campaign for formal recognition of outstanding gallantry and leadership in the Falklands War.
Responsible department: Ministry of Defence
Corporal Stewart McLaughlin served in B Company, Third Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and was killed during the battle for Mount Longdon in the Falklands War. He was a key figure in the Company's attack, leading and supporting numerous assaults on the enemy. His supreme personal bravery and exemplary leadership was noticed by many during the battle and has consistently been acknowledged by senior military officers since. Despite this, he has never been formally recognized for his actions which contributed significantly to the victory achieved by the battalion. His case has been described as "extraordinary" by one very senior officer and the legend of his actions as "being in the DNA of the Regiment" by another. Other senior officers have commented that his actions merited award but rules governing retrospective awards prevent this. We call on the government to amend the awards system to permit retrospective awards for such exceptional cases and to formally recognize Cpl McLaughlin.
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