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2017 War With Russia: An Urgent Warning From Senior Military Command

Author: Richard Shirreff

Publisher: Coronet (2016)

Closely modelled on his NATO experience of war gaming future conflicts, 2017 War with Russia by Sir Richard Shirreff is a chilling account of where we are heading if we fail to recognize the threat posed by the Russian President. Written by the recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and endorsed by many senior military figures, including the recently retired Supreme Allied Commander, this book shows why war is now almost inevitable and how ‘the logic of war’ will probably drive our conflict of interest with Russia towards a bloody and appalling conclusion. President Putin said: ‘We have all the reasons to believe that the policy of containment of Russia which was happening in the 18th, 19th, 20th century is still going on...’ And: ‘If you press the spring, it will release at some point; something you should remember.’ Like any ‘strongman’, his reputation for strength is everything. Lose momentum, fail to give his people what they want and he fails. The President has already demonstrated that he has no intention of failing. He has already started a lethal dynamic which, unless checked right now, will see him invade the Baltic States. Russia’s invasion and seizure of Georgia in 2008 was our ‘Rhineland moment’. We ignored the warning signs - as we did back in the 1930s - and we made it ‘business as usual’. Crimea in 2014 was the President’s ‘Sudetenland moment’ and again he got away with it. Since 2014 Russia has been making its move on Ukraine. The Baltics will be next. Our political leaders assume that nuclear deterrence will save us. General Sir Richard Shirreff shows why this will not wash.

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Battle Scars

Author: Jason Fox

Publisher: Bantam Press (2018)

This is a true story. The events depicted took place during the last decade in an unnamed warzone. The names and locations have been redacted to protect the security of those involved and the practices of the British Special Forces. Out of respect for the KIA and survivors, everything else has been told as it happened… Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service, to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military, and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. Unflinchingly honest, Battle Scars is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: a chronicle of operational bravery, and of superhuman courage on and off the battlefield.

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Bravo Two Zero

Author: Andy McNab

Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed Edition (1994)

In January 1991, eight members of the SAS regiment embarked upon a top secret mission that was to infiltrate them deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they were to sever the underground communication link between Baghdad and north-west Iraq, and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each man laden with 15 stone of equipment, they patrolled 20km across flat desert to reach their objective. Within days, their location was compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they were forced to escape and evade on foot to the Syrian border. In the desperate action that followed, though stricken by hypothermia and other injuries, the patrol 'went ballistic'. Four men were captured. Three died. Only one escaped. For the survivors, however, the worst ordeals were to come. Delivered to Baghdad, they were tortured with a savagery for which not even their intensive SAS training had prepared them.

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Memories Of An SOE Historian

Author: M R D Foot

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (2008)

Michael (MRD) Foot enjoys the rare distinction of being the only person referred to by his real name in a John le Carré novel. A highly significant tribute to the man entrusted with writing the official record of the Special Operations Executive. He authored first (1966) the History of SOE in France and twenty years later the highly sensitive accounts of SOE operations in Belgium and Holland (which the Germans infiltrated with disastrous results). With his own war service background and academic reputation MRD was an inspired choice for these historic tasks. He was fearless in pursuit of the truth and in thwarting bureaucratic attempts to muzzle him. His war exploits make thrilling reading. His behind-the-lines mission to track down a notorious SD interrogator went badly wrong and he only just escaped with his life. His career has brought him into close contact with an astonishing cast of characters and his tongue-in-cheek account of academic life makes lively reading.

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Operation Mincemeat

Author: Ben Macintyre

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2010)

One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War. Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked the Nazi espionage chiefs, sent German troops hurtling in the wrong direction, and saved thousands of lives by deploying a secret agent who was different, in one crucial respect, from any spy before or since: he was dead. His mission: to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the Allied armies planned to invade Greece. The brainchild of an eccentric RAF officer and a brilliant Jewish barrister, the great hoax involved an extraordinary cast of characters including a famous forensic pathologist, a gold-prospector, an inventor, a beautiful secret service secretary, a submarine captain, three novelists, a transvestite English spymaster, an irascible admiral who loved fly-fishing, and a dead Welsh tramp. Using fraud, imagination and seduction, Churchill's team of spies spun a web of deceit so elaborate and so convincing that they began to believe it themselves. The deception started in a windowless basement beneath Whitehall. It travelled from London to Scotland to Spain to Germany. And it ended up on Hitler's desk.

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Sea Warfare

Author: Rudyard Kipling


A collection of Rudyard Kipling's articles describing the role of the Navy during the First World War. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Rudyard Kipling's birth.

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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story Of A British Battle Group Under Siege

Author: Sgt Dan Mills

Publisher: Penguin (2008)

One of the best first-hand accounts of combat that I've ever read."- Andy McNab, international bestselling author of "Bravo Two Zero" "Mills powerfully describes the demanding work of his snipers before and after the city was brought under control...British participation in Iraq has been largely ignored in the U.S. That should change with Mills's page-turning account." "Possibly the year's best book, so far, on combat in Iraq." - "Booklist" "A gritty, speedball run...strong, cohesive, and complete...plugs the reader straight into the blood and guts of the action."--"The Times " "Another testosterone-laced memoir of an elite unit kicking butt in Iraq, this one with a cheerful, politically incorrect British twist....A military memoir refreshingly devoid of the usual patriotic overlay." - "Kirkus Reviews"

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Soldier G: SAS The Desert Raiders

Author: Shaun Clarke

Part of a series: SAS

Publisher: 22 Books (1994)

The story of the Special Air Service - perhaps one of the most famous British regiments - is as remarkable as the men themselves. This book traces the very first beginnings of the SAS during World War II, in the hot, dusty desert of North Africa. There a fledgling strike force - the Long Range Desert Group - was born, taking the hardest and fittest deep behind enemy lines ...

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That Others May Live

Authors: Jack Brehm, Pete Nelson

Publisher: Crown (2000)

That Others May Live is the thrilling story of Jack Brehm and his love affair with two things: the PJ way of life, and his wife, Peggy, the mother of his five children. In 1977, twenty-year-old Jack, an aimless kid from Long Island, made a decision that would alter the course of his life--he decided to become a PJ. He entered "Superman School," the indoctrination program where PJs are made. It is the toughest program in the military, more difficult than what the Navy SEALs or Army Special Ops go through. No one flunks out--it just gets harder and harder until most guys eliminate themselves. In other programs candidates might say, "They can beat me, but they can't kill me." In Superman School, the candidates say, "They can kill me, but they can't eat me."

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The 21 Escapes Of Lt Alastair Cram

Author: David M. Guss

Publisher: Macmillan (2018)

A genuinely new Second World War story, The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram is a riveting account of the wartime exploits of Alastair Cram, brilliantly told by the American author, David Guss. Cram was taken prisoner in North Africa in November 1941, which began a long odyssey through twelve different POW camps, three Gestapo prisons and one asylum. He became a serial escapee – fleeing his captors no fewer than twenty-one times, including his final, and finally successful, escape from a POW column in April 1945.

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