2008
11.06

6 Things you’ve always wanted to know about Andy McNab but were too afraid to ask! (and who can blame you!)

Q & A with Andy McNab by Lynsey – Between the Lines, a Transworld Blog. It’s a catchy title but ‘afraid to ask’ ?? The questions aren’t that shocking and Q4 is a bit odd, since there is a movie, but then the answer is a typical ‘McNab’, so worth it. Next time they should ask Greymansland for questions, I can come up with some preposturous ones. On the other hand…. those are likely not suited for publishing (and I already know that – despite the rumours – he does NOT have pixilated mirrors at home, so you can stop e-mailing us about that). I think Q5 was sent in by J.K. Rowling. But go read for yourselves.

“Here at Between the Lines we want to give you an insight into the personalities, idiosyncrasies and quibbles of this great nation’s favourite authors. So bravely I decided to put my courage to the sticking post (not really sure what this means) and take a chance to ask my favourite SAS author some of those questions that occasionally you are just too afraid to ask. Happily he obliged!”

Q1. What do you have a weakness for?

Andy McNab: Fried breakfast with chips washed down with about three pints of tea at six in the morning.

Q2. What’s the worst joke you’ve ever told?

AM: What’s white and wears checked trousers?

Rupert the fridge.

I know, really bad.

Q3. What is the best present you’ve ever received?

AM: A toy hamster on a wheel that plugs into a laptop. I have the rodent running like a lunatic as I write this.

Q4. If they made a movie of Bravo Two Zero who would you want to play you?

AM: Don’t care as long as he is six foot tall, four foot wide and all the men want to be him and all the women fancy him. Perfect.

Q5. If you could fly or become invisible at will, which one would you choose and why?

AM: Fly. I free fall parachute and to me it feels like the nearest thing to flying. But to do it for real…

Q6. What was the last book you read?

AM: By Sword and Fire. Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare by Sean McGlynn.  I know, it sounds very boring but actually it was really interesting. Four out of five stars.

2008
10.06

From de Daily Express

“British soldiers are better equipped and in better shape than at any time in the history of modern warfare”, according to SAS hero Andy McNab.

While doom merchants claim our troops’ morale has been sapped by the amount of British blood spilled in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bravo Two Zero legend says the truth is that our infantrymen are chomping at the bit to fight for their country.

He also launches a withering attack on the likes of Defence Secretary Des Browne, who infuriated troops by claiming some lacked the qualifications to be paid even as much as traffic wardens.

McNab, the Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS, reveals that teenage infantrymen are now leading operations which 10 years ago would only have been the preserve of special forces soldiers such as himself.

“The infantry now is without doubt the best it has ever been in its history,” said McNab, 48, who became a national hero after surviving capture and six weeks’ torture in Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War.

“These are facts. If you look at a 20-year-old rifleman running around in Basra or Kandahar, they are seeing more contacts than their grandads did in the Second World War.”

Two years ago McNab, whose bravery in a 17-year career saw him awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal, criticised the Army for being “overstretched and undervalued”.

But after seeing our troops in action for a new TV series, he has changed his opinion. McNab discovered the US Marines are so impressed with the machine guns and radios being used by our forces that they are buying them from the Ministry of Defence.

Read the full article here

2008
09.06

Andy McNab on Digital SpyAn interview on the site of Digital Spy.

By Dave West.

 

Eight years of war in the Middle East has killed tens of thousands of people – but you already know enough about that, claims ex-SAS hero Andy McNab. With on-the-ground action footage, and personal testimony from those fighting, his new ITV4 show sets out to prove that the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are “not all doom and gloom”. The Bravo Two-Zero author promises that his Tour of Duty will be both entertaining and honest.

Why did you decide to make this series?
“I go to Iraq and Afghanistan a few times each year and visit units as part of my job. These lads out there were always showing videos they were taking and saying, ‘have a look at this.’ From there I started thinking, ‘some of this is just so good and people don’t get to see it’. People should know what is going on over there, because it is not all doom and gloom. So I went to the Ministry of Defence to have a chat. They were up for it, and gave us access to the units to interview people.”

What sort of reaction did the soldiers give?
“We have been talking to some of these guys, 18-or-19-year-old riflemen, and they are extremely articulate and really honest at talking about what happens. I thought there would be a bit more bull***t, but actually they said, ‘I was scared, but you have to get on and do it.’ Some of these lads are loving it, because that is what they joined up for. They know what they are getting into if they join the infantry – and in general they actually enjoy it.”

Are there any personal stories you have heard which stand out?
“There was one 19-year-old in a video there on his very first contact, and he only fired six rounds of ammunition in the whole contact that lasted 20 or 30 minutes. When he got back everybody was taking the p*** out of him, because they were all emptying magazines. But then it transpired that with those six bullets he had killed three insurgents. Obviously the p***-taking stopped. It is amazing – not only does it show that the training is working, but also how cool and collected this guy was. I want to get all that out there and say it is not like what you see in the newspapers.”

Are you able to give a tactical insight into what is going on as well?
“Yes, we have done that. For example, what does an ambush actually mean? We are trying to explain it very simply. An ambush might look chaos but the Taliban know exactly what they are like and our lads know what they are doing. The first episode is about a very big ambush at a place in Afghanistan on Three Para’s last tour. We have got all the footage that they took, including aerial footage, then we went out and interviewed everyone, from the company Commander on the ground down to the private soldier. We have also used some computer generated stuff, and get arty sometimes, drawing maps in the sand and trying to break things down and explain it.”

Obviously some there are some very negative elements and serious issues around the wars. Do you feel the need to confront them?
“It is pointless – all we want to do is [tell the story] from the soldiers’ point of view. They are intelligent too and they have got their own views about what is going on. But I want to look at what they are doing, not why they are doing it. That is the most important thing. People can now distinguish between the soldiers that are fighting and the politics that have got them fighting it.”

Source Digital Spy

2008
09.06

Andy McNab's Tour of Duty ITV 4

“Former SAS soldier Andy Mcnab fronts this hard-hitting series, uncovering the real truth and stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 

McNab’s Tour of Duty ITV4 June 10th – 10:00pm Series 1, episode 1. “Under Siege”
McNab’s Tour of Duty ITV4 June 15th – 10:00pm Series 1, episode 1. “Under Siege”
McNab’s Tour of Duty ITV4 June 17th – 10:00pm Series 1, episode 2. “Face to Face” 
McNab’s Tour of Duty ITV4 June 22nd – 10:00pm Series 1, episode 2. “Face to Face” 
McNab’s Tour of Duty ITV4 June 24th – 10:00pm Series 1, episode 3. “Ambush”

“Under Siege”
 In this episode, the amazing story of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment who spent four months under constant barrage of mortars, machine guns and small arms in Al Amarah, south of Baghdad. The soldiers themselves tell how they lived under the strain. Plus the US marine sniper who came under siege not only from the enemy forces but also from his fellow marines while perched on top of an oil tank in Iraq.

“Face to Face”
In the streets of Iraq, battles are raging where soldiers have to fight the enemy at very close range, sometimes only a few metres. Soldiers from 1 Royal Horse Artillery tell how nine men, heavily outnumbered, were left trapped inside a house shooting insurgents who were beating at the doors. Plus the story of David Bellavia, an American infantryman who killed insurgents with his bare hands in Fallujah.

“Ambush”
In this episode, what it’s like to come under surprise attack, and how troops combat such tactics. The men of 3 Para tell how they had to fight their way out of a massive Taliban ambush. And in Iraq, a medal-winning United States Marine tells how he ran straight into insurgent machine gun fire to save his men.