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OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with cata OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with catastrophic consequences for the oil-hungry West. OPERATION STORM is a page-turning account of courage and resilience. Mirbat was a battle fought and won by nine SAS soldiers and a similar number of brave local people - some as young as ten years old - outnumbered by at least twenty-five to one. Roger Cole, one of the SAS soldiers who took part, and writer Richard Belfield have interviewed every SAS survivor who fought in the battle from the beginning to the end - the first time every single one of them has revealed their experience. OPERATION STORM is a classic story of bravery against impossible odds, minute by minute, bullet by bullet.


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OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with cata OPERATION STORM is the inside story - told by those who took part - of the greatest secret war in SAS history. The tipping point, Mirbat, South Oman, 19 July 1972 is one of the least-known yet most crucial battles of modern times. If the SAS had been defeated at Mirbat, the Russian and Chinese plan for a communist foothold in the Middle East would have succeeded, with catastrophic consequences for the oil-hungry West. OPERATION STORM is a page-turning account of courage and resilience. Mirbat was a battle fought and won by nine SAS soldiers and a similar number of brave local people - some as young as ten years old - outnumbered by at least twenty-five to one. Roger Cole, one of the SAS soldiers who took part, and writer Richard Belfield have interviewed every SAS survivor who fought in the battle from the beginning to the end - the first time every single one of them has revealed their experience. OPERATION STORM is a classic story of bravery against impossible odds, minute by minute, bullet by bullet.

30 review for SAS Operation Storm: Nine men against four hundred

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amos Findlay

    Really enjoyed the book and the insight into the SAS and the secret war. Some facts and statements are repeated seemingly unessescarily, but I don't think this detracts much from the quality of the book :) Really enjoyed the book and the insight into the SAS and the secret war. Some facts and statements are repeated seemingly unessescarily, but I don't think this detracts much from the quality of the book :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Fleet

    Very interesting and enjoyable book on a subject I know very little about.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roy Szweda

    A worth-reading account of an SAS operation I knew nothing about. Having read the book I am left with very mixed feelings and more so when reading other reviewers takes on this book. Already, I was a little dubious of the style and prose etc plus some technical inaccuracies. Not sure who he spoke to or who the co-author is but it seems they have upset some people.... As always I am proud of our soldiers working under conditions that few others could cope with. But sadly why does it have to be so A worth-reading account of an SAS operation I knew nothing about. Having read the book I am left with very mixed feelings and more so when reading other reviewers takes on this book. Already, I was a little dubious of the style and prose etc plus some technical inaccuracies. Not sure who he spoke to or who the co-author is but it seems they have upset some people.... As always I am proud of our soldiers working under conditions that few others could cope with. But sadly why does it have to be so often that they have to work with inferior equipment and support? If only the back-up could even approach the level of dedication and heroism shown by these and other men like them. It is lucky for us we have such people in uniform but whether all of use deserve them is another matter. What they went through deserved the undying gratitude, respect and recognition that should come to all such fighting units. OK, it was an off-the-map, under-the-radar operation but that does not mean that they should not be accorded proper recognition for their actions. Shame on those in higher circles who will not change the rules governing how medals are awarded to our service people. This all happened in the early 70s and it seems that the mess that was Vietnam got all the headlines. Meanwhile a handful of our special forces and others were helping to defeat the "red menace" and winning. Sadly, the lessons of this conflict were not on the reading list of the defence people before they enjoined with the modern mess that Iraq and Afghanistan seem to have become. I wonder why... This book should be on everyone's reading list not least the powers that be. It is a great tale that sweeps along in classic war action aplenty style. You find yourself smiling at their soldier humour in the direst of moments and rooting for the success which seemed at times to be in the balance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    I thought it was a ripping read, except the author's writing style was repetitive, peppered with a lot of clichés. Recommend the book though for anyone interested in SAS missions, this story leaves me in awe. I thought it was a ripping read, except the author's writing style was repetitive, peppered with a lot of clichés. Recommend the book though for anyone interested in SAS missions, this story leaves me in awe.

  5. 5 out of 5

    steven smith

    A good read A good book highlighting the courage of our special forces getting killed fighting wars in foreign countries and getting no recognition for it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mr Garth Vaughan-Brown

    excellent book Thank you a great pity that the pen pushers exercise such biased power more especially that their only danger is an ink blot

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Glanville

    Surprisingly interesting. I wouldn't be a soldier for quids! Surprisingly interesting. I wouldn't be a soldier for quids!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Kedelig og dårligt sprog. Kom kun igennem de første par kapitler.

  9. 4 out of 5

    david jones

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dafydd Phillips

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carl

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Peter Davies

  14. 5 out of 5

    M Swann

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marc Fletcher

  16. 5 out of 5

    MR JOHN CR PHILLIPS

  17. 4 out of 5

    peter

  18. 4 out of 5

    julie smeeth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig Fiddick

  20. 5 out of 5

    BOB DONOVAN

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam Paterson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Damian Eustace-Roberts

  23. 5 out of 5

    Farrell

  24. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Dunstan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Russell perchard

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christine Crossley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Goodall

  28. 5 out of 5

    Graham Crosby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evert de Ruiter

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Liddle

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