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5.0 out of 5 stars An open approach to this account by Mcnab, 2 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Bravo Two Zero (Paperback)
I have read this book several times and it makes for compelling reading. There is no denying that Mcnab embroiders situations posssibly on more than one occcasion but you cannot take away their bravery and determination to survive in the most extreme situations against appalling weather conditions and in the case of the captured 4 cruelty.
Having also read The Eye of the Storm by Peter Radcliffe I cannot understand why he delights in grinding Mcnab into the earth. Ok so they went in on foot against advice but did they have the right equipment no! Were their radios working propertly no ! They were dropped in the wrong place because their maps were wildly inaccurate and they discovered to their cost & horror they were on top of an Iraq camp near enough. So Mr Radcliffe would it have helped if they had taken vechicles apart from their immediate withdrawal because they would have been heard anyway. Remember Mcnab has had to live with his decisions he made on that fateful tour. The loss of his men and mates and you Mr Radcliffe haven't because you were not even there.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2011 15:46:26 BDT
Dave Bedford says:
Radcliffe simply stated that he urged the patrol to take vehicles, and other officers there agreed with him. But the SAS being what it is, the patrol were entitled to decide themselves how best to conduct the task. I agree with him when he expresses surprise at this major point being omitted completely by "McNab" in B20.

Incidentally, Radcliffe was there. He was part of another patrol.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2011 18:15:42 BDT
Crocus says:
I am not sure whether you actually understood the comments I made Mr.Bedford.I was aware Radcliffe had been part of another patrol but not Mcnab's patrol.Although he chose not to mention he had been given the option of taking vehicles at the beginning of the book he later made reference to the fact that concealment of them even at the point crossing the border would have been impossible bearing in mind their close proximity to the enemy & nature of the terrain.I still stand by my other comments regarding the state of their equipment which surely you must agree was inadequate to the extreme on a mission of that nature.
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