[[ Reading ]] ➷ The Real Bravo Two Zero Author Michael Asher – Ivogue.co.uk

The Real Bravo Two Zero The Bravo Two Zero Mission, In Which An Eight Man SAS Patrol Was Discovered Many Miles Behind Iraqi Lines And Had To Make A Run Back For The Border And Safety, Is Probably The Most Famous Incident Involving British Troops In The Gulf War Two Bestselling Books Bravo Two Zero And The One That Got Away Were Published And Two Of The Soldiers, Using The Pseudonyms Andy McNab And Chris Ryan , Were Launched Into New Careers As Writers Even The Most Uncritical Reader Of The Two Books Would Have Been Aware That Some Artistic Licence Had Been Employed What Michael Asher Claims Is The Truth About Bravo Two Zero Is, However, Astonishing Asher, Fluent In Arabic And Familiar With The Ways Of The Desert Arabs, Travelled To Iraq 10 Years After The Gulf War And Re Traced The Steps Of The SAS Patrol, Finding Bedouin Eyewitnesses To Events There Is An Almost Comical Disparity Between McNab And Ryan S Version Of The Mission And The Version Asher Reports According To McNab, When The Patrol Was Discovered, It Was By Iraqi Soldiers And A Furious Firefight Ensued With The SAS Men Downing A Dozen Or Men Before Fleeing According To Asher, The Mission Was Compromised By Three Arab Locals, One Of Them A Man In His 70s, And The SAS Wisely Decided That Discretion Was The Better Part Of Valour And Withdrew According To Ryan, On His Lonely Journey To The Syrian Border, He Was Obliged To Kill Two Iraqis, One With His Bare Hands According To Asher S Sources, He Omitted To Mention This At His Initial De Briefing One Of Asher S Aims In His Book Is To Rehabilitate The Reputation Of Vince Phillips, One Of The Dead Most Readers Of This Book And Of The Tale Told By The Arab Who Discovered Phillips S Body Will Probably Decide That He Has Done So Yet Asher Does Not Seem Motivated By A Desire To Denigrate The Heroism Of McNab And Ryan We Get The Heroes We Want And Asher Understands That The Rambo Like Exploits They Reported Were What We, And The Media, Demanded Of Them Their Real Heroism, Respected By Both Asher And The Bedouins To Whom He Spoke, Lay In Their Powers Of Endurance And Determination When Utterly Isolated And Alone, Hundreds Of Miles Inside Enemy Territory In The Real Bravo Two Zero Asher Has Written A Far Better And Humane Book Than Either Of The Two He Deconstructs, But He Still Seems To Understand Why McNab And Ryan Produced The Books They Did Nick Rennison


10 thoughts on “The Real Bravo Two Zero

  1. says:

    Got to admit that I wasn t impressed with this book I m not saying that McNab s Bravo Two Zero is a historical document, far from it, but this book just seemed to have a bitter pettiness to it that left a sour taste in my mouth It seemed to me to besuited to a biased tabloid.


  2. says:

    This is a must read for anyone who is interested in the Special Forces in general or SAS Bravo Two Zero patrol in particular Michael Asher is amongst other things ex SAS and this is the account of his on the ground 2001 research into what happened to the Bravo Two Zero patrol in Iraq in 1991 It is a fascinating detective story which begins with Asher meeting Uday Hussain then fi...


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    THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO is Michael Asher s attempt to shed light on what really happened during the ill fated Bravo Two Zero mission in Iraq that Andy McNab and Chris Ryan wrote about.Such an expose is inherently interesting and there s plenty of material to get out of the story Asher wanders around Iraq, speaking to the Iraqis who were involved in the story, and his findings are shocking But I can t help feeling he s coming a little late to the party, determined to spoil the story, rake up THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO is Michael Asher s attempt to shed light on what really happened during the ill fated Bravo Two Zero mission in Iraq that Andy McNab and Chris Ryan wrote about.Such an expose i...


  4. says:

    Well that certainly puts end to the BS of Bravo Two Zero and The One That Got Away Proved that McNab and Ryan have distorted the truth informed to cash in Asher travels back to Iraq and traced the exploits of the ill fated B2O patrol He interviews witnesses there and pulls apar...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Spoiler Alert Having just reread The One That Got Away, and Bravo Two Zero again, one after the other, it was obvious that there were discrepancies between the two, and Michael Asher s account became a must read for me I d also read about Chris Ryan s reaction to Asher s expos in that he apparently wanted to meet him behind the bike sheds to settle things with a punch up The bizarre thing about that was that it suggested that the best pugilist must be telling the truth In actual fact, while Spoiler Alert Having just reread The One That Got Away, and Bravo Two Zero again, one after the other, it was obvious that there were discrepancies between the two, and Michael Asher s account became a must read for me I d also read about Chris Ryan s reaction to Asher s expos in that he apparently wanted to meet him behind the bike sheds to settle things with a punch up The bizarre thing about that was that it suggested that the best pugilist must be telling the truth ...


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    I suppose I m doing things back to front here Never having read McNab s or Ryan s famous books, I decided to start off with Michael Asher s His is a remarkable work of investigative journalism and an adventure in its own right It would seem Asher, being an ex SAS was mainly motivated by a sense of loyalty to the SAS and in particular to one of the fallen from Bravo Two Zero, Sgt Vince Phillips He goes about retracing the steps of the 8 man patrol trapped behind enemy lines in Iraq Bit by I suppose I m doing things back to front here Never having read McNab s or Ryan s famous books, I decided to start off with Michael Asher s His is a remarkable work of investigative journalism and an adventure in its own right It would seem Asher, being an ex SAS was mainly motivated by a sense of loyalty to the SAS and in particular to one of the fallen...


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    Like most people, I was compelled to read this after reading Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab and The One That Got Away by Chris Ryan There are several instances in each book that don t correlate with each other and I was eager to find out the truth Asher is clearly credible and well qualified to make conclusions about Bravo Two Zero as he lived is he is ex SAS and knows the desert and Bedouin people intimately The book goes into a lot of detail about each and that in itself was quite fascinating Like most people, I was compelled to read this after reading Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab and The One That Got Away by Chris Ryan There are several instances in each book that don t correlate with each other and I was eager to find out the truth Asher is clearly credible and well qualified to make conclusions about Bravo Two Zero as he lived is he is ex SAS and knows the desert and Bedouin people intimately The book goes into a lot of detail about each and that in itself was quite fascinating I think it s fair to say Asher has a strong dislike of both McNab and Ryan, especially McNab Throughout the book he continually shows McNab to have been quite liberal with the truth and Ryan as well to ...


  8. says:

    Two remarkable books appeared after the first Iraq war Andy McNab s Bravo Two Zero, Chris Ryan s The One That Got Away, detailing the experiences of a squad of SAS soldiers, who fought an epic ongoing battle against Iraqi forces, killing over 250, destroying mobile units, and Ryan, eventually, walking all the way to Syria and freedom Together, the books represented one of the most remarkable running battles since Xenophon s march across Persia According to Asher, another former SAS sold Two remarkable books appeared after the first Iraq war Andy McNab s Bravo Two Zero, Chris Ryan s The One That Got Away, detailing the experiences of a...


  9. says:

    When I first read the dust jacket of Bravo Two Zero I was appalled It was a story of superhuman devotion to the job Of men, almost Titans, who tried to take on monstrous evil and were defeated Asher s books are farinteresting Firstly Asher is ex SAS too and he couldn t believe McNab s account Butimportantly Asher knows the Bedu and Toureg well he crossed the Sahara longways with his wife once and writes convincingly about them Along with a Channel 4 camera crew Asher visited When I first read the dust jacket of Bravo Two Zero I was appalled It was a story of superhuman devotion to the job Of men, almost Titans, who tried to take on monstrous evil and were defeated Asher s books are farinteresting Firstly Asher is ex SAS too and he couldn t believe McNab s account Butimportantly ...


  10. says:

    MA while trying to uncover the real BTZ,he created his own friction world Astonishing that MA would come out such kind of story He just pick up pieces here and there yet nothing conclusive to reveal the real truth behind BTZ I reread this book to get a clear picture...