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”
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.”

2011
31.08

“the SAS, it was in his blood”.
RIP Mr McAleese

John McAleese (1949-2011) – The man who made the SAS famous

The Sun:
Legendary former SAS hero John McAleese, who helped end the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy in London, has died.
Mr McAleese, who was in his early 60s, is thought to have suffered a heart attack on Friday in Thessaloniki in Greece.

He saved 19 people during the raid 31 years ago, after blasting open a window and storming the property.

Tragically his son, Serjeant Paul McAleese, 29, was killed by a roadside bomb while helping a fatally injured comrade in Afghanistan two years ago.

Source: The Sun

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By ANDY McNAB
Former SAS hero

MAC was an SAS legend – a word I don’t use lightly.

His was an outstanding soldier, winning the Military Medal yet still proving himself time and time again, during the Falklands War, the Iranian Embassy siege and in Northern Ireland.

I first met him practising his golf swing with his assault rifle in the jungles of South East Asia.

For the next ten years I had the privilege of going on operations with him in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. I learnt a lot. John was what the SAS called a “complete soldier”.

He could overcome whatever was thrown at him because he had the one quality prized in all soldiers: Determination.

It gave him the drive to keep going when others would stop and that meant men wanted to follow him.

Andy has written an extended version that you can find on Facebook

2011
31.08

Squaddie ‘chops off Taliban fingers’ – Scot probed over digits stash

The Sun
By Nick Sharpe, Chief Reporter, and Lynn Davidson
Published: 08 Aug 2011

A Scots squaddie has been accused of slicing off the fingers of dead Taliban fighters.
The soldier, from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is under investigation over claims he kept the digits from mutilated corpses in Afghanistan.

A source revealed: “The allegations have rocked the battalion.”

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

‘We need Our Boys aggressive to do job’
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By ANDY McNAB

“What we have to remember is that this is not a knitting circle — these lads are trained killers and we need them to be aggressive.

You want the lads to get sparked up, to get excited, because that’s what allows them to do things they would never do in normal life.

In turn, though, the officers who are in charge of them have a huge role to play when situations like this one arise.

They are told in training that they have to ‘grip’ the soldiers — they have to curb their worst excesses as soon as they arise.

This guy should have been quickly sat down and told that what he was doing was out of order.

Whether the officers didn’t know about it or were too weak to stop it doesn’t matter — there has clearly been a failure of the command structure here.

I’ve seen people take ears and fingers from dead enemy.

Generally it was because they wanted a souvenir.

But a few days later they are going to look at it and think ‘What the hell did I do that for?’.

Most likely that is why this guy was doing what he did.

Sometimes it’s the trigger finger of the dead enemy that gets chopped, to send a message to those of them who are left behind.”

2011
22.07

The Sun
By John Kay, Chief Reporter
07 Jul 2011

The Ministry of Defence spends three times as much money helping top officers’ children attend elite private schools as it does compensating soldiers injured in Afghanistan.

(..) But the MoD – which faces severe cost-cutting measures – found cash to subsidise the children of more than 5,000 officers to attend top schools.

Go to the Sun to read the full article and find out what this is all about

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By ANDY McNAB

“The education allowance is a success story for all sorts of reasons. The Armed Forces remain one of the few places where ordinary people can really achieve social mobility through hard work.

This scheme is open to all ranks and it is money well spent on the children because they are getting a top-class education.

It is also money well spent on our servicemen and women who travel constantly for work.

If they take advantage of this, they stand to gain a great deal.”

2011
22.07

The Sun
By Viginia Wheeler, Defence Editor
02 Jul 2011

The injured soldier cried in pain and collapsed in the compound of the British Army’s Middle East HQ in Cairo.
Second Lieutenant Archibald David Stirling had perilously scaled an internal fence using his crutches as a ladder.
But sentries had been alerted and were hunting him down with rifles raised.
With seconds to spare he forced his way into the office of General Ritchie and delivered a daring proposal.

Stirling, the son of a Scottish laird, had hatched a plan with pal Jock Lewes to form a revolutionary new force of raiders who would operate deep behind enemy lines to destroy aircraft, gain intelligence and attack supply lines.
Instead of sending Stirling to prison for breaking in to the HQ, Army bosses liked the idea.

He and Lewes created their gang of “misfits, rogues and rule-breakers” exactly 70 years ago this week. They took as their motto “Who Dares Wins” and became known as the Special Air Service, or SAS.

The regiment has never been busier than it is today in Afghanistan.
New figures gathered by The Sun show the recent heroics played out against the Taliban behind enemy lines in Helmand.

However, the regiment’s most secretive mission is yet to come.

The family of Lieut Jock Lewes – dubbed “The Godfather Of The SAS” – has revealed a cloak-and-dagger operation to recover the hero’s remains from the Libyan desert where the regiment first worked.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By ANDY McNAB

“Who Dares Wins” is a way of life for the regiment. It is living and breathing this motto that makes the SAS the best at what they do.

It is not only the harsh training of SAS troopers that results in the best. It is also how these troopers operate in battle that sets them apart from other special forces.

The SAS know that the most effective weapon in war isn’t weapons – but information on what the enemy is planning.

In Afghanistan today, one of the most important jobs the SAS do is risk life and limb gathering intelligence because it is this which will defeat the Taliban and find the factories making IEDs that kill our troops.

Once the SAS have intelligence, they can destroy the enemy where it hurts most, faster and more efficiently than anyone else. That’s where “Who Dares Wins” really matters.