2012
08.05

In a fantastic recent article for the Financial Times, Andy McNab talks about his personal experiences embedded with the Afghan National Army:

I’m lying in the dust using a mud wall as cover and overlooking a wide valley in Helmand province, Afghanistan. In front of me, the Afghan National Army is returning fire as the Taliban try to halt their advance south: it is a massive demonstration of firepower. The incoming attack stops immediately, meaning the Taliban fighters are either dead or running for cover. I am taking part in Operation Now Roz (from “nowruz”, meaning “new year” in Dari) the largest, most dangerous and most complex operation the nascent Afghan National Army (ANA) has ever conducted.

Check out the full dispatch and video at the Financial Times website.

2012
04.04

The Sun
26 March 2010

SAS legend Andy McNab has told how he almost got blown up on his return to the frontline in Afghanistan.

The Sun security expert was with an infantry patrol which came across a deadly booby-trapped bomb in the centre of a Taliban IED killing zone.

A young soldier with a mine detector spotted the 44lb device and the shout went up: “Stop!”

Andy said: “It was high explosive that would have taken out the patrol, including me. I was only three men behind him. Without doubt he saved our lives — I owe him a few beers back home.”

Bravo Two Zero hero Andy — armed only with a notepad and camera — had been invited to join the patrol by the CO of 2 Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Wright.

The first soldiers helicoptered into the battle zone were in “contact” with the enemy immediately, killing three insurgents within minutes.

Six IED blasts then rang out one after another and, as Andy’s patrol passed a graveyard Rifleman Kev Cooper, a 20-year-old Londoner, detected the buried bomb.

Andy said: “Kev told me later he got down, gently started to dig out the sand and thought, ‘F***!’. He said he was just doing his job but we’re glad he found it before it took us out and that it’s not still lying there waiting for other lads.”

The mission ended with a total of 44 bombs made safe, two prisoners, a huge haul of explosives and weapons — with NO British casualties.

Source: The Sun

Photo from The Sun UK

 

2012
04.04

The Sun
23 March 2012

Siege cops yesterday shot dead the al-Qaeda maniac who massacred seven people — as French anti-terror chiefs were criticised for leaving him at large.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By Andy McNab

There are three crucial things you need in a hard arrest like this — speed, aggression and surprise. You have got to enter in numbers and swamp the battle space in an instant.

If you go in quick enough, and with plenty of aggression, there are enough non-lethal weapons out there to take someone alive.

But it seems the command and control of this siege operation lacked all those things.

And as a result the lives of the police were put in danger.

By the time they made their move this bloke was ready and waiting.

Once they had lost the element of surprise they were up against it — and it looks like it cost them.

2012
04.04

The Sun
22 March 2012

Kidnapped British tourist Judith Tebbutt had a tearful reunion with her son last night after being dramatically freed yesterday.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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by Andy McNab

HOSTAGE-TAKING has become a very sophisticated business in Somalia with clans involved becoming rich and powerful.

To them, it’s not about ideology — it’s about money.

Hostages like Judith are commodities. Clans must protect them from being stolen by other clans.

Her family would have used a private security company to find her and negotiate. Talks usually go on for 90 days.

2012
21.03

It’s been awfully quiet here. Nothing to do with forgetting our readers and/or forgetting about Andy McNab. It’s just like the expression “Life is what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans”. Here’s an update covering the last few months.. hope you enjoy!!

Andy McNab: Video Games do not cause Violence
31 October 2011

“People have always been fascinated by war – games are just another medium. There have been war films since the beginning of cinema -…it’s all part of the same thing” McNab is right but not really putting forth a strong argument. “…the big argument about games inducint violence – they’re a load of nonsense; violence has always been there”
Go here to read more

Andy McNab on special learning mission to McVitie’s in Manchester
31 October 2011

“It’s been a coup to have both a real life hero and successful author visit the Learn 4 U centre at McVitie’s. The event with Andy McNab resulted in a real buzz within the factory,” said Jonathan Waterhouse, USDAW learning rep coordinator at McVitie’s Manchester. “The Six Book Challenge is another great example of how USDAW unionlearn representatives at McVitie’s have engaged with our union members, allowing us to reinvigorate or start a reading culture with the support of both The Reading Agency and Stockport Libraries.
Go here to read all about this event

Foto by Mike Corrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more photos of the event Go here

Andy McNab on Twitter: “Great visit to mcvities, thanks guys! The learn4u education centre is a great initiative, we need more of these, good for staff and company. And still eating all those biscuits!”

Andy McNab in The Sun: Who airs wins
26 November 2011

After girl is trapped, SAS hero Andy McNab reveals his clothes horse survival guide.
Just how dangerous can it be to use a clothes horse?
Go here to read the full article

Andy McNab: I owe everything to the military education system
30 November 2011

Last night, at a secret location in the East End, Andy McNab addressed the London branch of the Royal Green Jackets Association, the body representing former members of the Rifles Regiment. McNab, a decorated Rifleman before he entered SAS folklore on the botched Bravo Two Zero mission, was drumming up support at a private bash for Care for Casualties, the regiment’s appeal to care for the families of its wounded and dead.
Go here to read more

Andy McNab on judging panel for the fourth annual Millies
28 November 2011

“Millies show truly remarkable work our Armed Forces do” ~ His Royal Highness Prince Charles

Prince Charles launched this year’s Sun Military Awards yesterday alongside senior Armed Forces chiefs and a host of stars from the worlds of showbiz and sport.

The judging panel for the fourth annual Millies — which takes place at London’s Imperial War Museum on December 19 — includes England footballer Frank Lampard, Sun columnist Jeremy Clarkson, TV adventurer Ross Kemp, SAS hero Andy McNab and Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister’s wife.

SAS legend Andy McNab said: “The Millies show the public just a little of the courage of the servicemen and women that protect us.”
Go here to read the full article including photo of  Andy McNab with Prince Charles

 

Tesco Books Blog: Andy McNab – your questions, his answers
7 December  2011

George Terry: “A little while back we gave you guys the opportunity to put your questions to the ever-enigmatic Andy Mcnab. His latest book, Battlefield 3: The Russian, was released a month or so ago, accompanying a game of the same name which he also worked on, drawing upon his experiences in the SAS to offer guidance to Electronic Arts on some of the finer points of combat. Last week, Andy sent his answers back to us. Unfortunately, he couldn’t answer every question that you guys sent, but the answers that he has given is should serve to shed a little light on a writer who has always been something of a mystery to his fans.”
Go here to read all Q and A’s

Andy McNab on BBC 4 radio programme Food for Thought
December 2011

Andy was on the BBC 4 radio programme Food for Thought in December. Unfortunately this programme is not available to Listen Again. Below the text with this particular show. Didn’ t want to leave it out!

‘What do you want before the chip shop closes?’ was the phrase former Special Forces soldier Andy McNab got used to as a child. In Food For Thought, he describes his transition from a thirty-six-inch-waisted ‘fat kid’ to fit career soldier, after a spell in juvenile detention. Joining the army meant decent food and regular meal times. You could be up on a charge if you didn’t eat breakfast before Queen’s Parade.

Over spam, pick’n’mix and with condensed milk in his cuppa, Andy talks to Nina Myskow about feeling looked after by the army, the daily rituals of preparing dinner in huge Dixie pots and how he cooked on an army Hexy burner in the kitchen sink when he bought his first house. He was worried about the gas bill. These days, he doesn’t cook much but makes ‘Desperate Dan’ sausage and mash for a family special occasion. And, after a life in the military, the novelty of eating out still hasn’t worn off.

Andy also details the realities and deprivations of war time capture and there’s a frank revelation about the worse thing he’s ever eaten. Not for the squeamish. It’s all rather different to the boiled eggs and chocolate given to him by the Red Cross on his release, and the expensive kobe beef he has sampled since.
Source: BBC

Andy McNab writes foreword ‘Sniper in Helmand’ by ‘James Cartwright’
14 January 2012

Pen and Sword Books Launch New Title  ‘Sniper in Helmand’ – the Book That the MOD Tried to Stop Being Published.
‘Sniper in Helmand’ is a thrilling action-packed, yet very human, account of both front line service in the intense Afghanistan war and first-hand sniper action. Having never planned to write a book, James Cartwright was encouraged to write down his experiences as part of his treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.

Andy McNab inspired James to join the army and has written a moving foreword. James Cartwright, a pseudonym as his true identity cannot be revealed due to him being a Sniper. Snipers’ identities are not allowed to be revealed for their own safety, served with the Royal Anglian Regiment.
Source: PR Web

Radio Programme ‘Answer Me This!’  Episode 202 – about Andy McNab hiding his face
26 January 2012

Answer Me This! is a weekly comedy podcast in which Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann answer questions submitted by their listeners, with the assistance of Martin the Sound Man.

This episode: Olly is a staunch traditionalist when it comes to marriage (despite being, at the same time, staunchly anti-marriage); Helen guesses what Andy McNab’s mysterious face really looks like; and Martin the Sound Man mounts an impassioned defence of the underscore.
Go here to Listen to this episode  [Andy item starts at 18m15]

Andy McNab in The Sun – My View about Foodbanks
3 February 2012

Foodbanks are thriving as thousands hit by the recession find it harder to feed their families.

Desperate Brits can get supplies to last at least three days from the charity projects. There were 79 foodbanks across the UK in 2010 – now the Trussell Trust alone run 170. And more than 100,000 people rely on food parcels, donated by locals, to survive.
Go here to read the full article

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By Andy McNab

When I was a boy in the late Sixties, foodbanks were a valuable source of goods for our family.

My parents weren’t skilled workers and by the end of the month money was very tight. We would go along to the centre in South London and stock up on dented tins of fruit and broken biscuits. It was a lifeline for my mum and dad.

It’s shocking to think people are forced to visit foodbanks in 2012.

Yet the statistics speak for themselves – there is a huge need.

Andy McNab in The Sun about surviving in sub-zero temperatures

The Sun: ‘Snow may be cold but it can keep you warm’ 

The survival of a Swedish man apparently trapped in snow for two months in temperatures as low as -30°C has shocked the world. Peter Skyllberg was found inside a frozen car by snowmobile drivers in Umea on Friday. He claims to have kept alive by sucking on snow.
Here, an SAS legend offers tips for surviving in sub-zero temperatures.

21 February 2012 
By Andy McNab, SAS legend

“This is an incredible tale of survival. This guy should have gone down after about four to five weeks without any food.

I am amazed he was found alive. The biggest things that will kill you are being wet, cold and hungry.

Sort any of those out and you stand a better chance of survival.

The first thing in his favour was being covered in snow. In effect, he was surrounded by a layer of insulation.

Snow may be cold but it can keep you warm.”
Go here and read the full article by Andy

SAS author Andy McNab fixes city roles for military
20 February 2012

Thriller writer Andy McNab is juggling more than one deadline. When the former SAS hardman is not working on his latest novel – a Channel Tunnel thriller starring his new character Tom Buckingham – McNab is fixing jobs in the City for service leavers as a director of military recruitment agency ForceSelect.
Go here to read more

Andy McNab about Prince Harry in Firing Line
26 February 2012

Military top brass are terrified Prince Harry could kill another Brit or Afghan kids if he goes to Afghanistan.

The deadly fears over Top Gun Harry were revealed by SAS hero Andy McNab.
Speaking at a ForceSelect Foundation fundraiser, he said: “Top brass are worried and have discussed how to deal with it. They are worried about a blue on blue. It’s a political situation.”
Go here to read the full article

2011
20.09

The Sun
A dark shadow over our Army – Iraq torture death report: Chief slams Brits’ assault

By David Willets, Defence Correspondent
Published: 09 Sep 2011

The sadism of a handful of Brit troops implicated in an Iraqi dad’s death was blasted yesterday as a “dark shadow” over our Army’s proud reputation.

Last night the squaddies involved were waiting to learn if they face charges as their brutality against captives in Basra was laid bare in a sickening dossier.

The report — into the death of innocent father-of-two Baha Mousa — exposed them as savagely out of control as prisoners were put through hell.

Army supremo General Sir Peter Wall said of the high standards expected of our forces: “The shameful circumstances of Baha Mousa’s death have cast a dark shadow on that reputation. This must not happen again.”

Go here to read the full article in The Sun 

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by Andy McNab

“This was an isolated incident where the command and control structure completely broke down.

But don’t judge the rest of the Army on the behaviour of this bunch.

The Army is not a knitting club, we train our men to be aggressive, to fight and to kill.

Their lives depend on it. But that aggression must be controlled.

What happened here was the chain of command did not have a grip on it.

They lost control and the consequences were tragic. But it is an isolated incident. You have to welcome this report, no one is covering up.”