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Special Force: The Untold Story of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)
Author: Alastair MacKenzie
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The exploits of the British Army’s elite 22nd Special Air Service Regiment – the regiment of the SAS that forms part of the Regular army – are shrouded in mystery and myths abound about its members. But what is the truth behind the public façade of clinical professionalism? How has such a small regiment attracted so many weighty legends? And what is the purpose of the SAS in the 21st century? Special Force provides an original and unusually critical overview of the activities of the SAS from the Malayan Emergency of 1950 to the present day. 

In the context of a detailed and often controversial analysis of the post-war activities of the Regiment, MacKenzie establishes that the Regiment’s almost legendary professional competence is often not backed up by reality. Far from being part of a structured deployment of strategic military assets, MacKenzie argues that the use of the SAS in recent years has been primarily driven by the ‘entrepreneurial’ actions of a few SAS commanding officers. Special Force not only offers a revelatory history of the SAS in the modern period, it is also a disturbing exposé of the truth behind the myth. It will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the British military – past, present and future.

Grow Your Own Charity
Author: David Marfleet
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With so many members of ABN now involved in running various regimental and veteran charities, they may be interested in David Marfleet's latest book ‘Grow Your Own Charity’ which is targeted at founders and trustees of small charities who have plenty of ideas about how to serve the beneficiaries, but are running out
of steam when it comes to getting the resources in.

Para Fitness and Training Guide
Author: Sam McGarth
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What better way to start the new year than to get fighting fit? Major Sam McGrath of the legendary Parachute Regiment has put together this easy to use and inspirational exercise guide that is perfect for everyone - from the couch potato civilian to the aspiring Para recruit. Major McGrath previously ran the selection course for the Parachute Regiment - the brutal 'P' Company and he draws on his vast experience to create a step-by-step guide to improving fitness through easy to follow exercise programmes. But this is more than just an exercise guide - it offers advice on how to choose a gym or personal trainer as well as healthy eating. The book also sets out five aspirational challenges for readers to aim for if they follow the exercise programmes including a 10 mile race and the gruelling Fan Dance around the Brecon Beacons. If you can do that then you know you really are Para Fighting Fit!

Gulf War One: Real Voices from the Front Line
Author: Hugh McManners
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In 1988 Iraq was the region's dominant military power and ambitious to become leader of the Arab world. Saddam Hussein's war-experienced army were known to have used biological and chemical weapons in the past, and when 260,000 troops and 2,000 tanks crossed into Kuwait they met with little resistance. Yet Iraq's defeat at the hands of the coalition forces was the most devastatingly efficient in military history.

It was the first war fought over a resource: oil. The UK committed 43,000 troops to this new 'high tech' war, and initially expected high casualties. Yet on the Iraqi side, uncounted thousands of soldiers were killed, many poorly trained conscripts. Returning coalition soldiers have since found themselves dogged by health problems, likely caused by the new technologies that proved so effective in battle. Iraqi power was diminished, but Saddam Hussein was allowed to remain in power, laying the scene for the protracted suffering of the Iraq invasion over a decade later.

Hugh McManners' original interviews for Gulf War One provide a compelling picture and explode many myths of how this war was carried out, and why. From military planners and politicians to ordinary soldiers and Gulf War Syndrome sufferers, both those serving and those caught up in the war tell its history in their own words.

In 1988 Iraq was the region's dominant military power and ambitious to become leader of the Arab world. Saddam Hussein's war-experienced army were known to have used biological and chemical weapons in the past, and when 260,000 troops and 2,000 tanks crossed into Kuwait they met with little resistance. Yet Iraq's defeat at the hands of the coalition forces was the most devastatingly efficient in military history.

It was the first war fought over a resource: oil. The UK committed 43,000 troops to this new 'high tech' war, and initially expected high casualties. Yet on the Iraqi side, uncounted thousands of soldiers were killed, many poorly trained conscripts. Returning coalition soldiers have since found themselves dogged by health problems, likely caused by the new technologies that proved so effective in battle. Iraqi power was diminished, but Saddam Hussein was allowed to remain in power, laying the scene for the protracted suffering of the Iraq invasion over a decade later.

Hugh McManners' original interviews for Gulf War One provide a compelling picture and explode many myths of how this war was carried out, and why. From military planners and politicians to ordinary soldiers and Gulf War Syndrome sufferers, both those serving and those caught up in the war tell its history in their own words.

Falklands Commando
Author: Hugh McManners
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Hugh McManners was among the first of the British Special Forces to land on the Falkland Islands and here, in this gripping narrative, is his first-hand account of this most famous of modern British military operations. This new edition includes a revised introduction, along with new photography and notes on the combat.

Crowning the Dragon
Author: Hugh McManners
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This is a personal account of a dramatic ascent of the third highest unclimbed peak in the Chinese Karakoram, made in 1987 by a team of largely inexperienced climbers. The stresses and breakdown in relationships are discussed frankly as well as the author's battle against M.E.

The Scars of War
Author: Hugh McManners
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War is by far the most traumatic "life event" that any human can experience - a damaging combination of danger, uncertainty and horror. Yet little has been written about the actual experiences of combat - what the modern battlefield is really like and how professional soldiers, sailors and airmen, prepare to "cope with carnage". This book compares the ways in which the British Army, the US Army and the Israeli Defence Force motivate their peacetime soldiery and train their special forces, as well as showing the power and range of modern weapons and the ability of technology to eliminate darkness so that fighting can take place around the clock.

The Commando Survival Manual
Author: Hugh McManners
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In this book former commando and special forces major Hugh McManners saw combat in the Falklands and has trained rigorously to overcome life-and-death situations. Now he shares his specialized knowledge and skills in this practical guide to staying alive outdoors under adverse conditions. Could you recognize signs of an approaching storm, put up a dry shelter, or - if you had to - prepare a meal of slugs? Would you know how to locate water, splint a broken leg or signal for help? With this unique book you'll learn all these outdoor skills and hundreds more.

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