2008
07.09

This is in several papers but I’ll quote The Telegraph.

The SAS veteran Andy McNab has launched a scathing attack on the Government’s treatment of British troops after a poll found that two thirds of the public thought their care was “disgraceful”.

By Thomas Harding

The author of Bravo Two Zero warned that there was a “timebomb” waiting to explode of troops suffering from mental trauma after experiencing combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An ICM poll personally commissioned by McNab found that the public are dissatisfied with the treatment of those who have fought for their country.

Three quarters of the 3,040 adults questioned believed that the Ministry of Defence did not support troops once they were discharged from service. Almost half of those questioned (49 per cent) said they would willingly pay an extra penny in income tax to help former-servicemen with financial difficulties.

In the first poll of its kind, the survey found that 76 per cent believed the Government’s commitment to the psychological care of veterans was “inadequate” with discharged personnel left to ‘get on with it.’

McNab said he had written his latest book, Seven Troop, partly because of the psychological difficulties experienced by his SAS colleagues after they left the Army. Out of his 10 man SAS section, two committed suicide and one was jailed for murder after he shot his girlfriend 16 times.

“What we have at the moment is a timebomb of post traumatic stress disorder that will go off in the next 10 to 15 years in people who have experienced the horrors of the current conflicts,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“It annoys me that we continually get politicians of all persuasions jumping on the back of military success only for the same politicians not to back them with money when they leave.”

He quoted the statistic that more men took their own lives after the Falklands War, estimated at 300, than the 255 who died in the conflict.

McNab is also concerned that with no military hospitals left the NHS “won’t be able to get on top of it” when the PTSD cases break out.

“Since I left the forces some 15 years ago, the situation for ex-service personnel simply hasn’t improved,” said the former soldier, who spent 10 out of 18 years Army service in the SAS. “I’ve seen for myself the appalling way that our soldiers are hung out to dry. “The idea held by the Government that the majority of service personnel experience a smooth transition into civilian life is delusional.”

It is estimated that six per cent of homeless people are former Servicemen and the National Association of Probation Officer has reported that one in 11 prisoners in jails are ex-Forces.

After discharge from service McNab said it was “very hard” for troops to reintegrate after they were “thrust into society” following years of being institutionalised in the Services. “There is a pervading sense of literally being ‘thrown out of the club’,” McNab said.

He criticised the “fundamental lack of continued welfare support” and called on the Government to treat veterans “with the dignity that we all agree they deserve.”

Read the full article here

 

2008
25.08

In News of the World Douglas Wight writes about Andy’s upcoming non-fiction novel Seven Troop.

I can’t say that I like the article very much, for I’m sure it (Seven Troop) is meant to be more then this article suggests. I think it’s a very welcome change PTSD is recognised (or getting there) but I think this article doesn’t do right to the subject as it should not be read out of context. This seems just sensational journalism to me. But then that’s only my opinion. Decide for yourselves when you read the whole article. I’m only giving you some snippits here.

“THEY are Britain’s elite troops—but after the last whiff of gunsmoke in their careers of courage disappears, the men of the SAS often find themselves in a new kind of hell. And unlike their famous motto, when it comes to coping with life after danger, Who Dares does not always Win. In a gripping new book, Seven Troop, SAS hero Andy McNab—author of best-seller Bravo Two Zero—today reveals how some comrades were driven to madness, suicide and murder when their glory days were over.”

“After years of fighting in the army’s elite, McNab himself knows what it’s like to stare into the abyss of madness. He needed to undergo therapy after a failed mission in Iraq. “Until quite recently PTSD had been perceived in the military as a sign of weakness—guys often wouldn’t admit they were suffering,” he says. He claims today’s soldiers are exposed to horrors in Iraq and Afghanistan that used to be reserved for special forces. And he calls for more counselling to be made available for our crack troops before a “major mental-health crisis faces those who have served our country”.

“Special Forces men are never going to have an easy time of it in the real world. They just have to try to get on with it, and some do that better than others. “But it’s a chilling fact that more guys—about 300—have killed themselves since returning from the Falklands than the 255 that were lost in action there.”

“Meanwhile at night McNab deals with a recurring dream . . . about his three “brothers” who are now dead — Al, Frank and Nish — all of them freefalling in a parachute exercise. “We scoffed at the notion of brotherhood but that’s what we were—brothers in arms,” says McNab. Now he’s the only one left alive, fighting for the kind of treatment for our troops abroad that could have saved his SAS mates.”

You can read the full article here

2008
08.08

In his latest newsletter Andy tells us about his new novel “Brute Force” but coming up first is “Seven Troop” on September 11: Andy’s true-account on his time in the Regiment and what happened after Army discharge, settling into civilian life. 

He also speaks about Afghanistan and Facebook… so if you’re interested (of course you are, or what are you doing here??) go to the Official Website and catch the Newsletter yourself!

2008
07.08

Greymansland was informed (bows gracefully to the source) that the title of the new Nick Stone novel, coming up this November, has been altered into “Brute Force”. The synopsis still stands.

Perhaps that is the reason why the cover is still not published?

We also learned that there has been made a slight alteration to the Seven Troop cover: Andy’s decorations DCM and MM have been added.

Last – but definitely not least: all fans start saving up their money, Andy has been spending 4 days in the studio to narrate the audio version of Seven Troop! So apart from the printed version, us die hard fans will have to get hold of that one too!!

2008
04.07

Seven Troop on Amazon

2008
30.05

Wow, hot news!!! In his latest letter Andy tells us:

“In September I’m going back to non-fiction and a sort of sequel to Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action. It’s going to be called Seven Troop and it’s about the people I was first in the SAS with – what they were doing when they went in and what happened to them when they got out. There’s a load of stuff in it that I wasn’t allowed to put in the last two non-fictions and it’s going to be explosive stuff – I’m really looking forward to seeing the effect it has when it comes out… It also feels really relevant, even though I’m looking back nearly 15 years, because of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stuff that’s an even bigger deal today.”

The official synopsis from Transworld, Andy’s publisher: “Seven Troop is Andy McNab’s account of the time he served in the company of a remarkable group of men – from the day, freshly badged, he joined them in the Malayan jungle, to the day, ten years later, that he handed in his sand-coloured beret and started a new life.” 

However, Greymansland was told that besides the above, Seven Troop will cover just about everything in Andy’s life from being badged in 1983 until present times. Awesome! Really looking forward to this book!

The other news is that McNab is developing and co-producing a BBC1 drama series based on the army being in Afghanistan called ‘Warrior Nation’.
Andy says:

“We’re going to show for the first time what it’s really like to be out there on a tour. It’s at the really early stages at the moment – getting the treatments together, working on the script and with any luck we’ll start filming towards the end of this year. There will be about six months of filming and then we can get it out on screen next year. I’m really excited about this project.”

For the McNab fan 2008 seems to become a fabulous year! Enjoy all!