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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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  • Norman
  • Pearl River, LA, United States
  • 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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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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  • Paul
  • 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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  • Aaron
  • 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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  • Nick Ford
  • 09-29-17

Great listen and an awesome reminder to all of us

awesome story of service and commitment - thanks to all who serve us every day

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  • Gregory
  • 09-27-17

Awesome

PWRR Absolute warriors
Thoroughly enjoyed this lads did a terrific job and deserve there story told more

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  • miss nl done
  • 09-15-17

Great story, well told.

Probably the audiobook I've most enjoyed so far.
I'd never really known the story before so didn't know what to expect. But was pleasantly surprised.

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  • isla hillier
  • 12-11-17

brilliant

unbelievable story told brilliantly. tense and full of action loved every minute of it .

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  • ian
  • 11-18-17

Brilliant

This an exceptionally good book to listen to or read. The comradeship and bravery of these guys is outstanding.

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  • Lee Lawrence
  • 11-16-17

Odd details will spoil for military men

Loved the book and story.. Unfortunately odd things like gpmg(general purpose machine gun) nick name spelt gimpy on the name I'm sure but said as 'jimpy' will grate f16s quote of 'flying from carriers' etc.. I'm nit picking but films and now obviously audio book performances get it wrong and the grinds my gears

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-17

great read

thoroughly good book. well read. I would recommend to anyone. story of bravery that we all should know about

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  • Ian E.
  • 10-26-17

Brilliant listen

a great listen with plenty of action and great naration. interesting until the last, one of the best iv listened

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  • Michael
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-17

Slow start but built into a solid quality account!

Slow start, perhaps too much background, but push through it and you will be rewarded with an exciting, informative and quality adventure!!