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Zero Six Bravo [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Damien Lewis
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27. März 2014
Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps. From the very start their tasking earned the nickname 'Operation No Return'. Caught in a ferocious ambush by thousands of die-hard fanatics from Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen, plus the awesome firepower of the 5th Corps' heavy armour, and with eight of their vehicles bogged in Iraqi swamps, M Squadron launched a desperate bid to escape, inflicting massive damage on their enemies. Running low on fuel and ammunition, outnumbered, outmanoeuvred and outgunned, the elite operators destroyed sensitive kit and prepared for death or capture as the Iraqis closed their deadly trap. Zero Six Bravo recounts in vivid and compelling detail the most desperate battle fought by British and allied Special Forces trapped behind enemy lines since World War Two. It is a classic account of elite soldiering that ranks with Bravo Two Zero and the very greatest Special Forces missions of our time.

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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Quercus Publishing (27. März 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1782060839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782060833
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 109.240 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'One of the most remarkable stories in the history of special forces' operations' DAILY EXPRESS -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD .

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Damien Lewis has spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster and conflict zones around the world. He has written a dozen non-fiction and fiction books, topping bestseller lists worldwide, and is published in some thirty languages. Two of his books are being made into feature films.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen sehr spannend 11. April 2013
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Das Buch ist von Anfang an sehr spannend und sehr empfehlenswert für alle Freunde von British-Army Storys und ähnlichen Genre
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Real-Life Mission Impossible 7. Mai 2013
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Sometimes in war, fighting men and women are assigned to missions that are not only exceptionally dangerous, but achieving a successful outcome borders on the impossible. Also during combat, details of events can be blurred or misstated--intentionally or unintentionally--resulting in heroes looking like cowards and vice versa.

Those elements were present in a British Special Forces operation in Iraq during the Second Gulf War, in March 2003. M Squadron with 60 men, was tasked to travel 1,000 kilometers behind enemy lines to accept the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps. However, when M Squadron reached its objective, 5th Corps was far from ready to surrender. Against overwhelming odds in numbers, firepower and supplies, M Squadron fought a tenacious battle for its very survival until it could be extracted. The fight they put up was truly one for the books! But unfortunately, some dubbed M Squadron as the ones who ran away from the enemy.

Now, in Zero Six Bravo, author Damien Lewis sets the record straight and details the many acts of valor and heroism performed by the members of M Squadron in the hostile environment of the Iraqi desert. Thank you Mr. Lewis, for doing such a great job in getting the true story of M Squadron out there. The public need to know and the participants deserve it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Modern Day Thermopylae ... 28. April 2014
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Maybe I had at one point, but considering the flood of daring Spec Op stories these days, it is understandable that only the most recent exploits are memorable. With that being said, Damien Lewis' ZERO SIX BRAVO details one such mission that I was previously unaware of: A group of 60 British special operators sneaking deep into Iraq to seek the surrender of the 100,000 strong Iraqi Army's 5th Corps in the early days of the Iraq War. While the boldness of the mission plan and the teeth-clenching chaos it produced certainly provide a great storyline, the book seemed stuck in "preheat" a little too long before things started to cook.

The factors surrounding this particular mission are most compelling: Super-elite British SAS/SBS forces (which included a smattering of Americans) driving open-top Land Rovers over 1,000 miles into Iraq to force/urge an enemy fighting force of 100,000 to surrender. The almost absurd risk of the mission earned the nickname "Operation No Return" before it even started. Despite the raiding force's superior technology, weaponry and skills, the uncertainty of how the Iraqi's will react to the surrender request would dictate not only success or failure, but life or death for the British operators. Basically, the mission added up to driving 1000 miles into enemy territory just to kick a hornet's nest and see how it reacts.

This book certainly has the ingredients for a nail-biting thriller, but it falls a little short of being great in the sense that it dragged on a little too long (roughly 2/3s of the book) before the real action starts popping. Another issue is that Lewis opted to focus on one unit's experience of the mission (M Squadron) as opposed to an overall view. In other words, we're only getting part of the story. There are some instances where the narrow perspective of one unit's predicament leaves readers guessing at what other units in the group are doing in critical moments ... Lewis simply details one of several finely-tuned cogs in the well-oiled 60-man machine and it isn't even the commanding cog. When the entire force runs into the enemy and everything goes awry, the narrow scope Lewis presents hints at other units in the group acting less-competently (getting mired in river bed and failing to prevent the enemy from obtaining sensitive/classified equipment). While this surely may be unintentional, it comes across that way at times.

When the British force is ambushed before reaching their objective, the action starts ratcheting up exponentially. The combat described in the book is more "cat and mouse" with the SAS/SBS men (the mice) driving around the desert at night trying to avoid a hunting party that appears to include tanks from the Iraqi 5th Corps and diehard Saddam loyalists (Fedayeen) zipping around in Toyota's with heavy machine guns mounted to them (the cats). The sense of desperation and frustration are clearly outlined as the group finds itself surrounded with avenue of escape and not enough ammunition or manpower to fight its way out of the predicament. The last 1/3rd of the book is action-packed and exciting; it just took a little too long to get there.

While I was a little disappointed in Lewis' presentation, ZERO SIX BRAVO was a worthy read in that it sheds light on how elite soldiers respond so well when the stuff hits the fan. Bad intelligence resulted in 60 men facing certain death, but these men innately found ways to handle everything thrown at them (in the dark, no less) ... amazing. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing a screen-adaptation of the story. One thing I do find mind-boggling: that of the book being written in part to offset these SAS/SBS being labeled as "cowards" for refusing to die or be captured (they fought their way out of a disaster). You seriously have to wonder what special-kind of idiot would seriously label any Special Forces soldier as "cowardly". If anything, the book certainly dispels that ridiculous notion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just the Truth, Nothing But the Truth 21. April 2014
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As a Desert Shield/Storm vet, with 5000 hours in the C-130, who has worked with Special Forces in some capacity, I can truthfully state that this is just the facts. There is NO extra, Hollywood, special shout out to "???" organization X......this is just a story. A truth story. If is makes some people look stupid (i.e...the top dogs planning the war, well that is just the way "the mop flops or the cookie crumbles). Damien Lewis shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that these 60 Special Forces guys knew this was a "ClusterF....k waiting to happen" and they were the ones going into the zone to have really bad things happen. But those of us in the military do what is asked of us for our country (and King.....these are British Special Forces for the most part). This should be a movie to show the bravery of all our armed forces trying to right wrongs. I was engaged from page one, and that excitement continued through the almost 300 pages of this explosive, true story of these British heroes. A must read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen another inept "Charge of the Light Brigade" 15. Mai 2014
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“Zero Six Bravo” by Damien Lewis (2013 hb, 2014 pb), 280 pgs. A story about a British military unit consisting of 60 special-force-ops soldiers who are air dropped into Iraq to arrange the surrender of the 100,000-man strong Iraqi 5th Army Corps (5AC).

For some questionable reason, British intel thought that the 5AC was ready to surrender. Instead, while the British unit thought that it was secretly infiltrating into a protective, shallow wadi near the 5AC, they were being monitored by the Iraqis all along. The Iraqis ambush the Brits, who miraculously escaped with none of their own being killed. However, the Brits have to flee in a desperate pell-mell haste, and loose a couple of their vehicles in deep mud. I found this remarkable tale to be told quite well. It explains how the mission was organized, and explains how this unit tried to infiltrate Iraq. The justification of the mission itself seemed to be based on very dubious intel analysis.

I found it quite incredulous that the Brits weren’t able to receive U.S. close-air support simply because the Brits were just too close to the enemy, and the Americans didn’t fire because they wanted to avoid causing “friendly fire” casualties amongst the Brits.

The battle-exfiltration process is a real nail-bitter, with great writing in describing the harrowing battlefield action – simply unbelievable at times, how the Brits constantly got repeated “lucky breaks” in escaping the constant Iraqi attacks.

Some reviewers were critical of the number of pages devoted to analyzing the pre-battle preparations -- I thought they were useful in helping to understand what all needs to be contemplated before running off to battle. I really enjoyed this story; I could hardly put the book down for a break.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, fast page turner 25. April 2014
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This book traces a team of 60 British special forces as they prepare for and go into Iraq during the second Iraq War. Due to some questionable intelligence, they are given a mission to go far behind enemy lines to seek the surrender of a 100,000 man Iraqi division. They were told it would be a piece of cake due to poor equipment and morale. Instead they found a well equipped, well organized, aggressive division that hadn't the slightest interest in cooperating ... leading to the nail biting adventure that is then covered in the book.

It's hard to give details without spoiling the story, but in short, it is an adventure of woes, perseverance and scrappiness. The book covers the individuals in depth, helps you understand the various relationships they have, the challenges they face, and the situation they ran into.

It is a fast paced, well written book that is easy to approach and hard to put down.

Note: this isn't a book about geopolitics. It doesn't question whether the war made sense or not. It just focuses on what happened to this group of special forces. And it does it quite well.
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