2012
04.04

BBC Today
27 March 2012

Two British soldiers have been killed in the big British barracks at Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, by an Afghan wearing a military uniform.

An American soldier was killed in a separate attack in eastern Afghanistan by a man believed to be part of a village-level fighting force being fostered by the Americans.

One-in-seven international military fatalities in Afghanistan this year has been caused by Afghan soldiers turning their arms on the men who thought they were comrades.

Author and former SAS officer Andy McNab has just returned from Helmand and told the Today programme’s Sarah Montague that “even the Afghan National Army (ANA) are targets,” pointing out that the brigade commander does not go anywhere without his bodyguard.

Go here to listen to the BBC Today item with Andy McNab

2012
23.03

Andy was on BBC 5Live today. It’s available to Listen Again for 7 days.

Go here to Listen to the show Andy’s item – on satelite phone from Afghanistan – starts at 2h.21m

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?
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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

MyView
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

2012
24.01

In a recent chat with Australia’s PC & Tech Authority, Andy McNab talked about tech in the S.A.S., Battlefield 3, and his own collection of cool toys.

PCA: There’s a lot of tech in the SAS regiment

AM: Everyone’s got a laptop and a smartphone. They all want Powermonkeys because their batteries keep dying. You can easily rig an iPhone up to the internal communications system of a Warrior tank.

PCA: But you can never completely rely on tech

AM: In the military, you have to know what to do when your kit goes down. The Special Forces are often beyond the FEBA (Forward Edge of the Battle Area), so there’s nobody to help if your sat-nav stops working. You need to be able to read a map or use astronavigation.

PCA: Modern military tech is astonishing

AM: An unmanned aerial vehicle can show you what’s on the ground in a 10-metre square. It might take off in Afghanistan and then get handed over to the control centre in Nevada. Those guys will then fly the mission before handing it back to the team on the ground.

PCA: The sound in Battlefield 3 is incredible

AM: The guys at DICE had a huge catalogue of gunshots that they’d recorded. I’d listen to them and combine different bits to make sure it sounded right for the in-game environment. I also had to ensure the dialogue was accurate, the environments were correct and the characters handled their weapons properly.

PCA: He’s also into surfing, boarding and biking

AM: I’m starting to sound like a cliché now, aren’t I? I’ve got a six-foot, three-fin surfboard, a Burton snowboard and a BMW GS1200 bike. I’ve even got a Bluetooth helmet for phone calls on a ride.

McNab may be getting a little more grey, but he’s definitely staying up-to-date! Check out more great articles at pcauthority.com.au.

2011
29.11

Moscow, 2014

Dima opened his eyes, a second of blankness before he remembered where he was and why. The call could come at any time, they’d said. It was just after three. Bulganov’s voice was thick with fatigue. He told him when and where. He started to give directions, but Dima shut him up.

‘I know where it is.’

‘Just don’t fuck up, okay?’

‘I don’t fuck up. That’s why you hired me.’

You can read the first few chapters of Andy McNab’s novel ‘Battlefield 3 – The Russian’ online:

Go here to read Chapter 1 and 2

and for Chapter 3 Go Here

And here you’ll find a Q & A with Andy McNab by GameSpot

 

2011
29.11

AskMen – What You Need To Know

“Where you have a huge poor population and you start walking around around in wealthy areas, you’re a target for mugging, extortion and kidnap.”

These days, stories of hostage-taking and pirate activity at sea are becoming increasingly common. Just recently, the Kenyan tourist board warned European visitors to the country to stay away from travelling within 100 miles of the Somalian border, a month after Brit Judith Tebbutt was taken hostage at her Kenyan beach resort, along with her husband, who was shot dead.

Author and former SAS man Andy McNab is someone who knows a thing or two about the psychology behind kidnapping. The writer of the best-selling war book of all time, Bravo Two Zero author is involved with the MoD as well as the army.

McNab is also on the board of a military company specialising in negotiating with kidnappers for the release of hostages. Here he fills AskMen in on how you can keep yourself safe on your travels.

How do people find themselves in kidnap situations?
The way you see it in in the media is very clear cut: you’ve got a load of guys running around with machine guns, they’re pretty thick and they just pick people off of boats and demand money. In fact, it’s much more sophisticated than that. These lads are much more switched on, even to the point where they use social media, so they’ll go onto Facebook and hit Twitter just to see who’s blogging to say they’re going on holiday on a world cruise to the Seychelles. These guys get out there and go and find them.

What are kidnappers usually interested in?
It’s a mixture of people who get themselves into this situation. If you look at Paul and Rachel Chandler, they were just a retired couple on a yachting holiday.

If you’re on the coast of Africa, the interest of kidnappers isn’t so much in cargo; they’re interested in people because they know there’s emotion involved, and that people will do what they can to give money to get their families released. In South East Asia on the other hand, the kidnappers don’t give a shit about people; they’re more interested in the cargo, so you’re more likely just get shot and dumped off.

Where are you most at risk?
Wherever you have a huge poor population and you start walking around around in wealthy areas, you’re a target for mugging , you’re a target for extortion and you’re a target for kidnap.

The capital for this kind of activity is South America, and that’s where the kidnapping business that arose in the eighties started, in places like Columbia and Mexico. But the truth is, anywhere you present yourself as having loads of money you’re a target. That doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire, because for example, 50 grand to a poor person in say, Mexico, is the equivalent of half a million to you or I.

So what’s your advice on keeping safe?
If you don’t have to go to these places, don’t go. And if you do go, don’t flaunt the fact that you’re well off. We all know that even if you’ve got your rip off Rolex you’re going to attract the wrong attention. Even in the UK, one of the reasons muggings are so high in Notting Hill is because people walk around with loads of bling on. So you’ve just got to be sensible.

How do you keep yourself alive you do get nabbed abroad?
Once you’re lifted, there are two thoughts of approach for the best next step. One theory says if you’ve got an opportunity to escape, then go for it and take your chances. The other theory is to not do that, because in certain places, you being kept alive is within the interests of the kidnappers.

If you know there’s going to be some process to get you out (for example you work for a company where they’ve got kidnapping insurance), then you stand a very high chance of getting out by not presenting yourself as a belligerent type of person. So if you are easy to deal with and you’re thankful for everything you get to the point of sub-ordinance, you’re effectively doing your job to stay alive and as healthy as possible.

Source: AskMen Website