Danger Close: The True Story of Helmand from the Leader of 3 PARA Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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'At last, a commander telling us the cold, harsh truth about this war. An excellent and compelling read' (Andy McNab)
'A gripping first-hand account of the realities of frontline command at the start of the bitterest war that Britain has fought for generations' (Patrick Bishop, author of 3 PARA)
'Tootal offers the perspective of a man in charge ... he tells the story well ... passionate admiration for his men is matched by disdain for others' (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
'The first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting, Tootal's book is refreshingly free of the gung-ho machismo and sentimentality that afflicts other lesser entries of the genre' (The Sunday Tribune)
'Gripping account' (Essex Chronicle Series)
'Captures the essence of combat...a gritty portrayal of unforgiving combat'(East London Enquirer)
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He was our 2ic and had a well respected reputation. I haven't met a 3 Para soldier who served on the 2006 Op who had a bad word for him, very few CO's get that respect.
He was put into an extremely difficult political situation and made to undertake tasks that a lesser unit would not have accomplished, that is a credit to the men of the 3 Para Battle Group and his ability to juggle constant demands on a battle group that was sent to accomplish other tasks. To juggle all demands given to him whilst being s*** on by the powers above shows his commitment, but he did it all with thoughts of his men first.
This is an excellent book that would be enjoyed by all, including non-military personnel. It covers every aspect of the 2006 operation, the action, the dramas, the politics and the heartbreak - and it's all true, told with obvious honesty and feeling.
It is hard to understand that this is not written by a professional journalist as it captures all the realism, the essence of combat, the adrenaline rush, the raw courage and determination of the lads, the sheer professionalism and of course the downside in dealing with loss and motivation.
This tour was the epitome of professional soldiering and it has been covered faultlessly.
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A truly selfless account of the raging battles and intense operations of Helmand in 2006. The 3 PARA battlegroup defied the odds during their tour and this book brings it all... Read morePublished 27 days ago by TG XIX
I am reading this book at the moment and about a third through it.
It is a very detailed book giving the reader a large amount of information before they get to Helmand... Read more
I Couldn't stop myself from reading, it was if I was back in 2006. An incredible read, from Start to finish, excellentPublished 6 months ago by paul johnston
I've read previous accounts of 3 Para's time in Helmand Province. This time it's the boss's account of things, fighting, looking after his men, and dealing with the confusing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bob