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Operation Barras: The SAS Rescue Mission Sierra Leone 2000 (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Kindle Edition
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The history unfolds and previous recent British involvement in Sierre Leone is described and, logically, we find ourselves within the hut with the captives. The efforts of the diplomats and UN forces to deal with the situation ahead of the arrival of the British rescue force and the setting-up of the operation are all described, together with as full an account of the actual rescue and its aftermath as can be told at present.
Officer Fowler has secured good sources and researched the background thoroughly, yet his account is full of the personal comments and observations one might expect from a military man.
The tale of the Army's reaction to the arrival of RAF Police 'to check for contraband' before boarding their Hercules transport home is but one example. It rang true and made me laugh.
There is some more detail to be added I know (as does the author - hence only 4 Stars!) but, for now, this is probably the best account I have seen of the incident. Try it - you won't be disappointed.
In that respect, I was very disappointed to find that most of the book is spent everything but the actual operation itself.
I found the book quite difficult to read and not at all entertaining.
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a good history of Sierra Leone but the title should reflect the book, it does not in this case. operation barras does not feature very much in over half this book.Published 3 months ago by j
Good read, but slow to start. It provides good back ground info if you know nothing about the civil war in Sierra Leone.Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by Craig Sweenie
This book is heavy on military strategy before you actually get to the rescue mission. This is, however quite useful to help you understand the background to the civil war in... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2010 by Mary Evans
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