2010
30.07

Well.. apart from a title and publishing date 3 March 2011 there’s no more info. Also means the title might still change but hey.. when we got the tiniest bit of news we’ll bring it to you 😉

2010
27.07

We’ve added Twitter integration to the blog, so you can be alerted to the latest news and posts easily by following us at http://twitter.com/greymansland.
We’ll also keep you up-to-date on military charities, MOD and SAS news of particular interest, and anything else we think you might fancy. Thanks for following us!

2010
25.07

The Guardian
18 July 2010

Men’s Hour kicks off with Louie Spence’s digestion woes

BBC Radio 5 Live show wasn’t tearjerking, but it was a strange mix of the banal and interesting

“After 64 years on the BBC Woman’s Hour’s cheeky younger brother Men’s Hour with Tim Samuels makes its debut on BBC Radio 5 Live …” This was the blurb. Hard to unpick exactly who’d been doing what for 64 years, but it was definitely “No girls allowed!” Punctuation and syntax, you can get back into the saloon bar with the ladies.

Go here to read the article about the BBC show in The Guardian

There were some fascinating bits. Andy McNab said one of the problems with being married was that sometimes you didn’t want to be with your wife, you wanted to hang out with your mates. You didn’t want to be unfaithful – you just wanted more fun. Nobody ever says that. It must be true for us all, isn’t it? Takes an ex-member of the SAS to say it out loud!

Unfortunately this program is not available to Listen Again, but at least we got a nice photo from The Guardian article. If anyone was smart enough to record the program please send it to us!

The star of the show, surprisingly, was McNab. He explained how men and women are equally in danger in war zones because there is no frontline any more, and he didn’t appear to take himself so seriously.

Source: The Guardian

2010
24.07

No need to wait, you can order Zero Hour, the next Nick Stone novel, right now. You’ll have it delivered as soon as it leaves the presses, plus you’ll be getting in on the pre-order price and save yourself some money.

If you support Andy McNab and the military, get in early so that publishers know how much support there is for McNab and his books. Even a few purchases can make a big difference in determining how much support they give to new releases by ex-SAS authors.
Zero Hour (Nick Stone 13)

2010
23.07

I’m tempted to say, ‘serves them fucking right,’ but an objective analysis demands we understand that these are psychologically-wounded men and women who, for better or worse, followed what were presented as lawful orders. And they’re back home now, part of our society, so like them or not we’re all better served by treating these people and making sure it doesn’t happen again.
As posted on alternet.org:

The Department of Veterans Affairs has finally recognized that it’s not just events during combat that can cause Post-traumatic stress disorder, but any number of the horrors of war. It is a much-needed change that brings the VA up-to-date not just with the current medical research, but with the nature of modern warfare, in which violence extends far beyond the combat zone. To qualify for PTSD related benefits soldiers no longer have to prove that they went through a specific combat event. The fear “related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity” is enough.
But there is another cause of trauma that should be added to that list: the witnessing or participation in detainee abuse. Even though unrelated to combat, the torture and abuse that happened at prisons like Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are a form of “hostile military activity,” which we particularly rely upon in the War on Terror…

Read the full article here.

And please, if you have anything to give, help out organisations that are working hard to treat PTSD and to help these deeply-wounded soldiers heal:
Talking 2 Minds — Our favourite charity here at GML, run by people who understand PTSD in a way one who hasn’t experienced it simply cannot.
Help for Heroes — Another great organisation that helps wounded soldiers every day in every way possible. Andy McNab is a big Help for Heroes supporter, and you should be, too.

2010
17.07

GML favourite and raconteur-at-large Camban was kind enough to provide us with the following thoughts on War Torn.
War Torn by Andy McNab and Kym Jordan published June 2010 is really nothing like previous McNab publications, except for the gritty squaddy humour (when tasked to search for a goatherd who disappeared following an IED explosion triggered by his goat ‘last seen with knobbly knees and a white beard, carrying a stick’ one squaddy says wearily to another “I’ll look for the knees, you look for the beard”). This is the closest you will get to understanding the experiences of those sent to fight a determined enemy and those left behind. Even if you have read other accounts of this conflict and seen the documentaries, this account will truly open your eyes to the true price being paid by these young, dedicated people. Absolutely brilliant story telling on all levels.