SAS Operation Storm
Nine men against four hundred
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OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with catastrophic consequences for the oil-hungry West. OPERATION STORM is a page-turning account of courage and resilience. Mirbat was a battle fought and won by nine SAS soldiers and a similar number of brave local people - some as young as ten years old - outnumbered by at least twenty-five to one. Roger Cole, one of the SAS soldiers who took part, and writer Richard Belfield have interviewed every SAS survivor who fought in the battle from the beginning to the end - the first time every single one of them has revealed their experience. OPERATION STORM is a classic story of bravery against impossible odds, minute by minute, bullet by bullet.
I would buy this but 320 pages at 8.99 - Way too expensive
I too joined the RAOC, however only in 1984. On 9/11 I happened to be in Oman on Exercise, and had just had a days tour of the Battlefield at Mirbat; today it is rather more built up than in 1972, however Battlefield perspective can certainly still be gained. Personal experience of the Khareef and its low lying mist, visually seeing the distance the 'Heroes' had to to run to get to the 25 Pounder... non of it overestimated. I was lucky enough to be given the tour from someone who was in the country at the time, although his name evades me. Excellently written book, which re-iterated what I have seen and what I was told on the day I visited. My greatest respect to the author and all who represented their countries with such valour and heroism throughout.
Sas operation storm
Incredible. The stuff of legend. Brilliantly written