The last U.S. combat troops have finally left Iraq, and Andy McNab agrees with those of us who think the timing was just right. Commenting in The Sun, McNab made it clear that, though the withdrawal is a positive, Iraq’s troubles are far from over:
DON’T be fooled by the US soldiers whooping and hollering, claiming it’s all over – it’s far from over in Iraq.
But it IS time for the combat troops to leave…
Of course the Iraqi government want troops to stay, it brings them free manpower. They will be the first to claim it’s too early.
But they’ve still got vast amounts of manpower at their disposal supplied by the US, who really ought to be thinking about the problems in Afghanistan.
The time has come for Iraq to start standing on its own two feet.
This book by David Armine Howarth ( 1912-1991, British historian and author), is recently republished with an introduction by Andy McNab.
Snippit from the introduction:
I learnt about the Norwegian Resistance as part of my military training, but I’d been inspired by their daring attempts to sabotage the Nazi occupation since childhood. I used to watch The Heroes of Telemark with Kirk Douglas every time it was shown on TV, and despite the overlay of Hollywood glamour, I was struck by the bleakness of the terrain and moved by the amazing courage with which those men and women fought against the Germans. It was this long-held admiration that took me to the Norwegian Resistance museum in Oslo last year, and, when asked to write a foreword to this book, made me only too happy to do so.
We Die Alone is the story of one man’s ability to endure the worst imaginable and survive. Jan Baalsrud, an expatriate Norwegian
resistance fighter, is in trouble as soon as his mission begins.
Chairman Cecil Duckworth OBE and his guests would like to invite you once again to his annual Chairman’s lunch that will this year take place on Friday, October 1 between 2pm and 6pm. We will have our very own Worcester Warriors first team stars and coaching staff in attendance where you will have the opportunity to mingle as well as dine with a Warrior.
This year we will be been joined by ‘Britain’s original SAS hero’ – Andy McNab.
McNab will be joining forces with Ian Smith from Rabjohns LLP in raising funds for the charity Ataxia UK. Ian will be walking from coast to coast in September for Ataxia with the route crossing the breadth of England, from St. Bees Head on the Irish Sea coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea.
Ataxia is the name given to a group of neurological disorders that affect balance, coordination, and speech. There are many different types of ataxia that can affect people in different ways. Ataxia is similar in some ways to MS and sufferers often used to be incorrectly misdiagnosed with MS. It is degenerative and those affected usually have to use a wheelchair. Around 10,000 adults in the UK have a type of ataxia and Ataxia UK is currently funding research to find out how many children have the condition – it’s thought there are several thousand.
Ataxia UK funds research projects to try to find treatments that can help ataxia, and ultimately to find a cure. The Charity also provides support to families affected by the disease.
We posted this in March, but that was so long ago we thought we remind you…
To mark the publication of his new book ‘Spoken from the Front 2′ Ex-SAS man Andy McNab will be giving a talk at the National Army Museum about “modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars”, on 15 September 2010.
During the talk he will recount the courage and hardship of British servicemen as they face the difficulties posed by the Afghanistan war.
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London
Tel:+44 (0) 207 881 2455
Buses:170 171 360
Date:15th Sepember 2010 — 7 PM