2010
06.10

From Duncan Larcombe, Defence Editor, in Sangin
Published: 21 Sep 2010

The Sun stood shoulder to shoulder with our brave boys yesterday – as they finally said goodbye to the Valley of Death.
We were the last newspaper remaining as heroic commandos handed control of once lawless Sangin to the Americans.

In four bloody years wresting the powderkeg town and its district from the grip of the Taliban, more Brit troops have given their lives there than on any other front line in Afghanistan.

As our weary soldiers yesterday left with their heads held high they remembered the 105 comrades killed battling to put an end to the terrorists’ reign of fear and anarchy.

For some, there was frustration at a “job unfinished” – because of the failure to crush EVERY last insurgent bent on making life hell for the district’s long-suffering inhabitants.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By ANDY MCNAB

I AM fed up with armchair generals who say the handover of Sangin to US Forces is a British retreat.

That is 100 per cent crap. We have moved out because at long last the 20,000 US ‘boots on the ground’ finally arrived.

This is a tactical decision. The Brits’ job in Helmand is still to take on the Taliban and protect locals.

Now they can be more evenly deployed. What the Brits achieved in Sangin is stunning. We held ten square miles of dusty ground vital to the Taliban.

Sangin is near the poppy fields and heroin trade routes. Profits made in UK and US cities fund the Taliban. Holding that ground came at a massive cost. Troops have died, but not in vain. Handing Sangin to the Americans is not betraying our dead. They stopped the Taliban bringing in more weapons. They helped save the lives of their mates.

There is no greater sacrifice.

2010
27.09

Well finally got this in English for you! It’s a bit more extended than the Dutch version since I wanted to give you the exact text. So it took some time but hope you enjoy. This is just the part about the book ‘War Torn’ – now working on all the other things we talked about like Zero Hour, the Nick Stone movie ‘Echelon’, charity work etc… so.. ‘to be continued’ 🙂

Go here to read Grey Man’s Land’s interview with Andy McNab – Part 1: About ‘War Torn’ (English version!)

2010
28.08

As the Dutch translation of Andy McNab’s ‘War Torn’ will be published soon, this video was released. We know we get quite a few Dutch visitors too, so here you go..

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De Afghanistan missie – Andy McNab
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Omvang: 392 paginas
ISBN: 9789022997598
Prijs: 19,95

2010
11.07

The Sun
From Duncan Larcombe, Afghanistan
Published: 02 Jul 2010

A British soldier sprawls in the dust with his face bloodied after being shot by the Taliban.
In a dramatic battle video, Lance Corporal Adam Smith is heard shouting: “I’ve been hit!”

Pals rush to his aid yelling: “Man down!”

Adam, 23, miraculously survived – and was back on patrol hours later.

The incredible footage was handed to The Sun as we joined Our Boys on the frontline.

MyView

By Andy McNab

This incredible video of men at war is a perfect example of the Army’s six core values: selfless commitment, courage, discipline, loyalty, integrity and respect for others.

The film is outstanding not just because it shows the reality of the battles our troops are fighting in Afghanistan, but also because it demonstrates their total professionalism and qualities of leadership.

Watch it and you will swell with pride – and understand why we are the best at soldiering on this planet.

It also shows how a man reacts when taking a round that he thinks may kill him, and the pure bravery of mates who risk their own lives for him.

Go here to read the full article

2010
14.06

Andy talks about giving youngsters a better start, missing the army, Northern Ireland, making Kate Silverton blush and lots more…

Date 13 June, interview starts at 35min06

Go here to listen to the Kate Silverton show

Thanx Ali!!

2010
06.06

A great article – with more news about Andy McNab’s upcoming projects!

Lunch with the FT: Andy McNab
By Max Hastings
Published: June 5 2010

A defence journalist who knows McNab has said, “With Andy, everything is business.” He hustles relentlessly, and has become an eager entrepreneur. As well as owning stakes in a security company and a recruitment company (of which he is a director), he is now backing a business called Ghost Speaker, which encrypts digital content for mobile phones and electronic readers. How did that one happen? “A night out with a friend who said, ‘It’s the way ahead.’” The friend was almost certainly right. “We’re just doing a deal with Currys and Dixons.”

But McNab never forgets his core product: “The most important thing is the writing – that’s what makes everything else happen.” He works six hours a day dictating his books, and is thrilled that he has been asked to direct a film of one of them, Boy Soldier.

“Success gives you opportunities, choice. How else could I have been asked to do a film? I told them, ‘I know nothing about directing.’ They said, ‘Don’t worry – you’ll have a really good cameraman.’”

For the full interview go here