2011
18.07

The ForceSelect Foundation is planning to embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. this month with notable UK rock stars including Luke Morley of legendary rock band Thunder and the Union to raise funds for small military charities across the UK.

Bestselling author and SAS hero Andy McNab and Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, the British Army’s Director of Infantry, will form part of the ForceSelect team with Peter Shoulder of the Union, who won the WC Handy Award from the Blues Foundation of America, previously only won by Eric Clapton and Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac.

The road trip sets off from Cranbrook in Canada on July 11 and will take in the stunning scenery including Glacier National Park, thought to be one of the greatest rides in the US. It finishes six days and 1,000 miles later in Ketchum, USA, where there will be a concert to raise further charitable funds.

The ‘Great British Invasion’ concert, which will also raise funds for US and Canadian military charities, will entertain thousands of fans at the Sun Valley Pavilion with bands such as The Union, winners of Classic Rock Awards’ Best New Breakthrough Band 2010, Thunder and Marina V.

The ForceSelect Foundation, which is led by former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, raises funds from charity initiatives, corporate and individual donations and a percentage of the profits from leading recruitment consultancy and sister company, ForceSelect to support smaller military charities that are struggling for funding.

Andy McNab said: “I cannot wait to get on the Harley and drive off into the sunset. I’m a great fan of the film Easy Rider and it’s been an ambition of mine for some time to see Canada and the US from a bike. This will be a once in a lifetime experience and something I’m really looking forward to.”

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2011
08.07

The Sun
Harry ‘hunted and tortured’ in drill
Warrior Prince’s practice for being shot down

Published: 17 Jun 2011

PRINCE Harry will head back to war against the Taliban after SAS training that will see him hunted down – and TORTURED.
The Apache helicopter pilot, 26 – who The Sun revealed yesterday is returning to Afghanistan – faces three days of hell learning to cope with being shot down behind enemy lines.

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Expert

If things go pear-shaped and Harry loses his aircraft he needs to become a soldier who is equally effective on the ground.

The “escape and evasion” training is rehearsed as realistically as possible.

When I did mine it was the hardest in my whole military career. But it prepares you for what’s coming – and make no mistake, Harry will be roughing it like the rest.

2011
23.04

Amid battle scenes that have been described by one commander as the most
intense “since the Korean War,” the BBC’s Alastair Leithead, award-winning
cameraman Fred Scott and field producer Peter Emmerson spent nine days with
U.K. forces in a remote area of southern Afghanistan. There they found
themselves under the constant risk of ambush and attack.

This past fall, as the BBC team was embedded with the troops, the struggle
intensified between British troops and the forces of the Taliban. Around 5,800
U.K. troops are stationed in Afghanistan, following the U.S.-led invasion in
October 2001, and to date more than 40 have been killed. The majority of the
deployment is in Helmand, an area of major Taliban activity and opium
production.

The filmmakers gained unique, prolonged access to the soldiers of the Royal
Marines 3 Commando Brigade as they fought a shifting and elusive Taliban
threat. Every day, the fighting continues to destroy buildings and lives-
forcing people from their homes. Battlefield Afghanistan is a daring film that
takes viewers directly to the frontlines and questions whether the NATO forces
are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.

2011
12.04

The Sun
5 April 2011

David Cameron was blasted last night for hailing the bravery of RAF Top Guns over Libya – just as forces heroes were sacked back home.
The PM heaped praise on daring Tornado and Typhoon pilots as he arrived at their Italian air base Gioia del Colle. Yet hours earlier he had ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox to slash 2,600 more soldiers, sailors and pilots from the ranks, while Britain fights wars in Libya AND Afghanistan.

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The Sun’s security adviser Andy McNab said: “The military don’t want to lose anyone and there are many arguments that we shouldn’t be losing anyone.

“These cuts are coming from politicians. It’s a dark day for the military.”

2011
12.04

The Sun
6 April 2011

PM David Cameron sparked a fresh defence row yesterday by splurging £650million he’s saving in Forces cuts on schools in Pakistan.
He pledged the giant sum to pay for 90,000 new teachers and get four million poor Pakistani children into school.

It is the UK’s biggest ever overseas aid education project – but the move sparked fury among Sun readers.

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Sun security adviser and SAS legend Andy McNab warned that corruption in Pakistan would mean some of the aid money being “funnelled to the people laying the bombs and shooting the weapons against British troops in Afghanistan”.

2011
12.04

The Sun
09 Apr 2011

The grieving widow of a Royal Navy officer shot dead when a crewman opened fire on a nuclear submarine has described him as “an utterly devoted” family man.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22 – “furious” at being ordered to do back-to-back tours – was halted by a heroic civilian visitor in Southampton after gunning the officer down on HMS Astute on Friday and leaving another fighting for life.

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By ANDY McNAB
Sun security advisor

When a group of people live and work together in such a small environment, everything gets magnified tenfold.

These guys spend three months under the water sleeping in a tiny physical space.

And if something goes wrong, you can’t just phone your wife.

That’s why the culture is friendlier than in other military areas. Officers and crew call each other by their first names. It’s about man-management, not command and control.

But because everything is so contained there has to be a tight regime to stick to. Crew must be able to get on with others. Perhaps there was a personal grievance or a row got out of hand. Who knows?

It’s a credit to the Submarine Service that nothing like this has happened before.

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