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
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
01.10

Between the Lines – Transworld Publisher’s Blog
Posted by Lynsey on September 22, 2011

Transworld Books called out to readers and fans of Andy McNab on twitter to send in some questions for the SAS hero to answer. Andy McNab is currently touring the UK to promote his new book Dead Centre, published 15th September in hardback. Andy took time out between events to answer your questions.

1. Where do you do most of your writing?
Wherever I can get it done. Planes and trains are best, peace and quiet!

2. When was the last time you were in a war zone?
March this year, in Mogadishu.

3. Can we hope for another War Torn book?
Yes definitely, hopefully next year!

4. Who is the man on the covers of your books?!
The original one was George Clooney’s body double!

5. Why did you choose “Andy McNab” as your pseudonym?
It was short and sharp and there was symmetry on the two words. And it looks good on the covers! It was only for one book originally!

6. Where, apart from Iraq, was the coldest, wettest and hungriest you have been?
Norway on the yearly NATO northern flank exercises.

7. Why did you choose not to call your 2nd non-fiction book simply “The Regiment” instead of “Immediate Action”?
I wish I had now, good idea!

8. Nick Stone isn’t a spring chicken, will there be a point that he’s just too old for his game or will he be a kick arse pensioner?
He will be just like Mick jagger, keep on going forever!

9. Do you still genuinely enjoy watching Bollywood films?
Yes! Can’t get enough of them!!

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just start writing stuff and ask your mates or girlfriend to read it and honestly give feedback? Once you’ve done that you need an agent to get it to the right publishers as they do not want unsolicited manuscripts. If that doesn’t work there are many online sites where you can publish yourself.

Source: Between the Lines

Click here to order Andy McNab’s new Nick Stone novel ‘DEAD CENTRE’  FOR  £ 9.49

2011
03.09

Asylum
Aug 31st 2011 – By Oliver Jones

For a second, just pretend you’re an Ex-SAS hero, you were the commander of the one of the most famous military operations of recent times and at the time of leaving the military you were its most highly decorated soldier — what would you do next?

Well that’s exactly the situation Andy McNab found himself in 18 years ago, when he became one of the most entertaining and prolific action authors of recent times.

His most popular novels are the Nick Stone series: tales of an Ex-SAS, deniable operator who traverses the world generally being an incredibly competent badass.

We spoke to Andy McNab about his new novel, Nick Stone, and how good he was at Battlefield 3.

Go here to read the interview

Snippet:

Asylum: You’ve been credited before with predicting flashpoints, and how certain military operation will unfold. Are you trying to predict what’ll happen next or do you take inspiration from contemporary events?

Andy McNab: “It’s a mixture, but again being a commentator for the MOD, there’s a thing called the future character of conflict, it’s an ongoing think tank that thinks up scenarios, not major state conflicts, but all sorts of conflicts. How would they effect commerce and how commerce effects conflict. That’s very useful because I get to see what’s out there, and in the general sort of environment. Combine that with mainstream news and deeper sort of feature-style news, and then it’s about bringing it all together.”

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
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

myView
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.