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2017 War With Russia: An Urgent Warning From Senior Military Command

Author: Richard Shirreff

Publisher: Coronet (2016)

Closely modelled on his NATO experience of war gaming future conflicts, 2017 War with Russia by Sir Richard Shirreff is a chilling account of where we are heading if we fail to recognize the threat posed by the Russian President. Written by the recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and endorsed by many senior military figures, including the recently retired Supreme Allied Commander, this book shows why war is now almost inevitable and how ‘the logic of war’ will probably drive our conflict of interest with Russia towards a bloody and appalling conclusion. President Putin said: ‘We have all the reasons to believe that the policy of containment of Russia which was happening in the 18th, 19th, 20th century is still going on...’ And: ‘If you press the spring, it will release at some point; something you should remember.’ Like any ‘strongman’, his reputation for strength is everything. Lose momentum, fail to give his people what they want and he fails. The President has already demonstrated that he has no intention of failing. He has already started a lethal dynamic which, unless checked right now, will see him invade the Baltic States. Russia’s invasion and seizure of Georgia in 2008 was our ‘Rhineland moment’. We ignored the warning signs - as we did back in the 1930s - and we made it ‘business as usual’. Crimea in 2014 was the President’s ‘Sudetenland moment’ and again he got away with it. Since 2014 Russia has been making its move on Ukraine. The Baltics will be next. Our political leaders assume that nuclear deterrence will save us. General Sir Richard Shirreff shows why this will not wash.

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Bravo Two Zero

Author: Andy McNab

Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed Editio (1994)

In January 1991, eight members of the SAS regiment embarked upon a top secret mission that was to infiltrate them deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they were to sever the underground communication link between Baghdad and north-west Iraq, and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO. Each man laden with 15 stone of equipment, they patrolled 20km across flat desert to reach their objective. Within days, their location was compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they were forced to escape and evade on foot to the Syrian border. In the desperate action that followed, though stricken by hypothermia and other injuries, the patrol 'went ballistic'. Four men were captured. Three died. Only one escaped. For the survivors, however, the worst ordeals were to come. Delivered to Baghdad, they were tortured with a savagery for which not even their intensive SAS training had prepared them.

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Operation Mincemeat

Author: Ben Macintyre

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2010)

One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War. Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked the Nazi espionage chiefs, sent German troops hurtling in the wrong direction, and saved thousands of lives by deploying a secret agent who was different, in one crucial respect, from any spy before or since: he was dead. His mission: to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the Allied armies planned to invade Greece. The brainchild of an eccentric RAF officer and a brilliant Jewish barrister, the great hoax involved an extraordinary cast of characters including a famous forensic pathologist, a gold-prospector, an inventor, a beautiful secret service secretary, a submarine captain, three novelists, a transvestite English spymaster, an irascible admiral who loved fly-fishing, and a dead Welsh tramp. Using fraud, imagination and seduction, Churchill's team of spies spun a web of deceit so elaborate and so convincing that they began to believe it themselves. The deception started in a windowless basement beneath Whitehall. It travelled from London to Scotland to Spain to Germany. And it ended up on Hitler's desk.

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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story Of A British Battle Group Under Siege

Author: Sgt Dan Mills

Publisher: Penguin (2008)

One of the best first-hand accounts of combat that I've ever read."- Andy McNab, international bestselling author of "Bravo Two Zero" "Mills powerfully describes the demanding work of his snipers before and after the city was brought under control...British participation in Iraq has been largely ignored in the U.S. That should change with Mills's page-turning account." "Possibly the year's best book, so far, on combat in Iraq." - "Booklist" "A gritty, speedball run...strong, cohesive, and complete...plugs the reader straight into the blood and guts of the action."--"The Times " "Another testosterone-laced memoir of an elite unit kicking butt in Iraq, this one with a cheerful, politically incorrect British twist....A military memoir refreshingly devoid of the usual patriotic overlay." - "Kirkus Reviews"

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Soldier G: Sas The Desert Raiders

Author: Shaun Clarke

Part of a series: Sas

Publisher: 22 Books (1994)

The story of the Special Air Service - perhaps one of the most famous British regiments - is as remarkable as the men themselves. This book traces the very first beginnings of the SAS during World War II, in the hot, dusty desert of North Africa. There a fledgling strike force - the Long Range Desert Group - was born, taking the hardest and fittest deep behind enemy lines ...

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That Others May Live

Authors: Jack Brehm, Pete Nelson

Publisher: Crown (2000)

That Others May Live is the thrilling story of Jack Brehm and his love affair with two things: the PJ way of life, and his wife, Peggy, the mother of his five children. In 1977, twenty-year-old Jack, an aimless kid from Long Island, made a decision that would alter the course of his life--he decided to become a PJ. He entered "Superman School," the indoctrination program where PJs are made. It is the toughest program in the military, more difficult than what the Navy SEALs or Army Special Ops go through. No one flunks out--it just gets harder and harder until most guys eliminate themselves. In other programs candidates might say, "They can beat me, but they can't kill me." In Superman School, the candidates say, "They can kill me, but they can't eat me."

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The Monuments Men

Authors: Robert M Edsel, Bret Witter

Publisher: Arrow Books (2010)

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis. This is their extraordinary true story now a major motion picture.

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The Shetland Bus

Author: David Howarth

Publisher: Fontana (1974)

The Shetland Bus recounts the hundreds of crossings of small boats from the Shetland Islands to German-occupied Norway to supply arms to the Resistors and to rescue refugees all under constant threat by German U-boats and winter storms."

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Today Everything Changes

Author: Andy McNab

Publisher: Corgi (2013)

Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab's start in life was tough. Growing up in South London with foster parents, and surrounded by poverty, he attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. It wasn’t long before his life descended into petty crime. By the age of sixteen, he was in juvenile detention. Recruited into the Army from there, it soon became apparent that he had the reading age of an eleven year old. The next six months in the Army education system changed his course of his life forever.

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World War II (What They Don't Tell You About)

Authors: Bob Fowke, Robert Fowke

Part of a series: What They Don't Tell You About

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (1997)

Did you know that Adolf Hilter wasn't, in fact, German? The Second World War brought horror and heartache to millions of people all over the globe, and it turned everyday living upside down too. Any history book will give you the boring facts THEY think you should know, but only this one will tell you what life during World War II was REALLY like

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