2011
26.01

* EDIT 1 February: Unfortunately Andy won’t be able to make it to this event 🙁

Elite Forces Celebrity Speakers Day

Paul Lincoln, Gordon Stevens, Trevor Royle, Soldier I, Rusty Firmin, Andy McNab
7 May 2011, 10.15am – 7.00pm

Leading authors and soldiers are joining rank on Saturday 7 May to offer visitors an exclusive day of talks on the elite warriors of the Special Forces.

From their early beginnings in the Long Range Desert Group and the Chindits in the Second World War to the explosive emergence of the SAS during the Iranian embassy siege, Britain’s elite forces have always cut an adventurous, if secretive, dash.

Discover the inner workings of Britain’s most covert operational force with a series of individual talks at our Elite Forces Celebrity Speaker Day.

Speakers will appear in the following order with two breaks (at times to be confirmed).

•Paul Lincoln – The Long Range Desert Group
•Gordon Stevens – The Originals: The Secret History & Birth of the SAS
•Trevor Royle – Orde Wingate & The Chindits
•Soldier I – The Battle of Mirbat
•Rusty Firmin – Go! Go! Go!: The Iranian Embassy Siege
•Andy McNab – Bravo Two Zero

National Army Museum,
Royal Hospital Road,
Chelsea, London SW3 4HT

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•Telephone: 020 7881 6600 (UK)
•Online: Use the booking form on this page or visit the Museum Shop
•At the Museum

A concessionary rate is available to SOFNAM members, students, seniors and service personnel.

Source: National Army Museum Thank you for sending this in Faith!

2011
17.01

The Guardian
On the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1991 Gulf war, politicians, soldiers and a journalist look back
16 January 2011

Andy McNab is the pseudonym of a former member of the SAS and author of Bravo Two Zero, the story of a failed special forces mission. He received the distinguished conduct medal.

“My most vivid memory of the Gulf war is the morning of 24 January when the eight-man SAS patrol I was commanding, during a covert mission north-west of Baghdad, was compromised by a seven-year-old Iraqi boy. The boy was herding goats in the middle of the desert, and happened to pick out the one tiny wadi where our patrol planned to hide up until last light, and stumbled upon us. I remember his eyes grew wide as saucers in shock and fear. After a split second, he then ran off screaming and shouting, towards the Iraqi anti-aircraft gun crew stationed close by. This resulted in the deaths of three of our patrol members, with four more of us captured and tortured by the Iraqis. Only one patrol member escaped. Being captured and tortured has had a profound effect on the way I now conduct my life. I feel both lucky and guilty about being one of those that survived. But having come through the torture and the mock executions, I endeavour never to take life for granted, and always try to do my best to help others who have experienced war and are still suffering.”

For full article go to The Guardian

2011
14.01

Andy McNab in FHM magazine (NL edition)

2011
11.01

More Tour Dates – Andy is really busy this month!

Manchester 26/01/2011

Waterstone’s Manchester Deansg
7:00PM
£3, available from the shop and redeemable against the purchase of the book on the night
Further details: 08432908485
Go here for more details

Formby  27/01/2011  Thanks for alerting us Angel 🙂

In conjunction with the Formby Branch of Rotary Club and Help for Heroes 
The event will be ticket only at Treetops Country Hotel, Liverpool Rd, Formby
Go here for more details

Hertforth Heath 31/01/2011 

Haileybury. A charity fundraiser for Help for Heroes
Adults: £10. Under 18s, over 65s & military personnel: £6
Group reductions for 10 or more.
Booking: books @ Hoddesdon 79, High Street
Hoddesdon EN11 8TL 01992 442290
Go here for more details

Other Tour dates  (for details see our earlier post):

25/01/2011 Bookmark, Spalding

28/01/2011 Bishopswood House Bishopswood Ros-On-Wye

01/02/2011 Rainham Library

2011
10.01

“You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you, I would follow you into hell.” ~Talbert (1945)

Major Richard D. Winters (January 21, 1918) was a United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. He commanded Company “E”, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II.

Winters parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, and fought across France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and eventually into Germany. Later in the war, Winters rose to command the 2nd Battalion. Following the end of hostilities Winters was discharged from the army and returned to civilian life, working in New Jersey.

Winters was featured in a number of books and was portrayed in the 2001 HBO mini-series Band of Brothers by Damian Lewis. He was a regular guest lecturer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He retired in 1997.

Major Dick Winters passed away on 2 Januari. May he rest in peace, we’re ever so grateful for what he’s done for us.

Official Website Major Dick Winters

2011
08.01

DropZone:Terminal Velocity

Dropzone 2 – Terminal Velocity
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (3 Mar 2011)
ISBN-10: 0385617119
ISBN-13: 978-0385617116

Synopsis:
The Raiders are a talented young skydiving team – with a secret. They are also a highly trained group of covert operatives, carrying out deniable missions for Britain’s intelligence services. Under the demanding guidance of their ice-cold leader, an ex SAS explosives expert with many live covert special ops missions into active war zones behind him, the Raiders are developing into an impressive unit.

This time, the mission lands Ethan and the team in the most perilous adventure of their careers. The bodies of homeless teenagers are turning up dumped on the street, having been beaten to death. At first no one really seems to care, but then one survives long enough to talk of being forced to fight in a cage, and the authorities suspect organised crime. But they have no luck cracking the impenetrable wall of silence surrounding the organisation. They need a teenager, trained in hand-to-hand combat, to go in undercover. Ethan’s the obvious choice…

Go here to pre-order DropZone 2: Terminal Velocity