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We all saw it at once. Half a dozen voices screamed, 'Grenade!' simultaneously. Then everything went into slow motion. The grenade took an age to travel through its 20 metre arc. A dark, small oval-shaped package of misery the size of a peach....
April 2004: Dan Mills and his platoon of snipers flew into Southern Iraq, part of an infantry battalion sent to win hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives.
Back home we were told they were peacekeeping. But there was no peace to keep. Because within days of arriving in theatre, Mills and his men were caught up in the longest, most sustained firefight British troops had faced for over 50 years.
This awe-inspiring account tells of total war in throat-burning winds and 50-degree heat, blasted by mortars and surrounded by heavily armed militias. For six months they fought alone: isolated, besieged and under constant enemy fire. Their heroic stand was a modern-day Rorke's Drift.
©2007 Dan Mills (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
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By Norman on 11-09-17

Amazing story that keeps building

Extremely well written and narrated. As a true story i did not know where this was going and i kept expecting that the action would drop off. Little did i realize how far the action would continue to build. It was upsetting to think that these guys did not have 50 caliber rifles and extensive drone support, but the descriptions of the air support they did occasionally enjoyed was thoroughly exciting. This is a must read/listen book

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By Mark on 04-26-17

Spectacular!

By far the best British military account ive listened to.
If you enjoyed American Sniper, Bullet Magnet, Among You, Apache, Bravo Two Zero etc then you must try this one... its simply brilliant!

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By Paul on 06-08-17

Brilliant and entertaining first hand account

No B.S. or bravado just a sensational and significant first hand account of a chapter in military history

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By Aaron on 04-04-17

Cracking listen!

having been to Iraq on challenger 2 I can relate to this book. I knew the cimic story already but brilliant to hear it first hand. My only issue was with the way he said "gimpy" it's pronounced as "jimpy" unless PWRR called it that I don't know but we knew it as "jimpy" still a top book!

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By Anonymous User on 01-02-18

Great authentic no frills, non-stop action.

Great action told in a no frills honest account of a platoon and in particular it's platoon commanders initiation into battle.... and not any old battle. A seige that pushed these soldiers to the absolute limit of courage, endurance and resourcefulness.
Great story and well narrated.

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By Michael on 11-19-17

Boys own

A well told story. It puts you on the streets, the top of the buildings with the guys. What an amazing story of courage and determination.
One of the best battle stories I have read.

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