In the inspiring tradition of Black Hawk Down, this is the riveting real-life story of how an Australian SAS signalman's courage under fire saved more than 80 lives. It is an enthralling eyewitness account of the war on terror.Jock Wallace was pumped. It was the start of Operation Anaconda, the U.S.-led military offensive to flush out al Qaeda and the Taliban from their last stronghold in the Shahi Kot Valley in Afghanistan. Minutes after the combat-ready troops stormed down the back ramps of the Chinook helicopters, Jock's company was under fire. Eighteen hours of hell was just beginning. But there was no way Jock was going down without a fight. Nor were the men he was with. Holding off the enemy, rescuing the injured, reporting to base, calling in air support - Jock gave it all that he had. He was determined not to die on foreign soil, not at the hands of al Qaeda.More
This story of a marathon, 18-hour gunfight in the mountains of Afghanistan follows the real-life exploits of Australian Signalman Jock Wallace as he selflessly lays his life on the line for his fellow servicemen. Fellow Aussie Michael Carmen (Neighbours, Nim’s Island) brims with raw urgency as he recounts Wallace’s tale, set in the hostile climes of Afghanistan’s Shahi Kot Valley, aka "Hell’s Half-Pipe". As Operation Anaconda got underway, Wallace’s unit expected to encounter, at most, 250 Taliban fighters. Instead, they found themselves center stage in the war’s largest combat operation to date. In the hours ahead, the courageous Aussie would pit himself time and again on the frontlines of enemy fire, endangering his own life to save those of his fellow soldiers.
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