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Even by SAS standards Mike Curtis has had a remarkable career. A former coal miner and likely Welsh international, he served with 2 Para in the Falklands before going on to join the SAS. In C.Q.B. he describes his gruelling experience in the Falklands and also focus on two more of his major SAS operations; the first in Iraq where he spent several weeks behind enemy lines; the second in Bosnia where he worked closely with all factions and latterly led a close protection team guarding visiting heads of State. Goose Green, the first land battle of the Falklands conflict, was the longest, hardest-fought, and most controversial. The outcome there was to set the tone for the remainder of the war, affect international opinion and the morale and determination of both armies. The SAS infiltrated Iraq in two guises - as road-watch patrols and mobile fighting columns. Constituting the biggest SAS overland fighting force since the Second World War, Mike Curtis's troop constituted a coherent, mobile weapon able to operate round the clock and defend itself against surprise attack. C.Q.B. is also the first published account of the SAS's activities in former Yugoslavia by a Close Quarter Battle Specialist and John Major's personal bodyguard.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552144650
ISBN-10: 0552144657
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 105mm x 31mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Born and bred in the Welsh valleys, Mike Curtis followed his schoolmates down the pit at the age of 16. He applied to join the Parachute regiment in 1979 to break out of a life in the coalmines and enlisted in 2 Para. Close Quarter Battle follows his career, serving in Northern Ireland and the Falklands war, the severe 'selection' for the SAS which he joined in 1986, then subsequent missions in Iraq and Bosnia. An entertaining, detailed and colourful account of military action all over the world which makes a great read. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Mike Curtis

Born and bred in the valleys, Mike Curtis followed his schoolmates down the pit at the age of sixteen. He decided, however, to break the mould and applied to join the Parachute Regiment in 1979. Enlisted in 2 Para, he served in Northern Ireland and then went out to the Falkland Islands. He joined the SAS in 1986.