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The top-ten bestselling inside story of the greatest SAS battle since the Second World War - including brand new photos and maps his book chronicles the story of the single most daring Special Forces operation since World War Two - Operation Barras; the attempted rescue by the SAS of the British Forces who were being held captive by the guerrilla gang the West Side Boys in the Sierra Leone jungle. The West Side Boys were a strange-looking bunch, wearing pink shades, shower caps, fluorescent wigs and voodoo charms they believed made them invulnerable to bullets - an impression re-enforced by ganja, heroine, crack cocaine and gallons of sweet palm wine. In 1999 a 12 man patrol of Royal Irish Rangers, who were training government troops in Sierra Leone, were captured and held hostage by the West Side Boys. They were held prisoner in a fortified jungle hideaway, with severed heads decorating the palisades and defended by some 400 heavily armed soldiers. Operation Barras, the mission to rescue them was a combined force of 100 Paras, 12 members of the Special Boat Squadron, helicopters from the Navy and RAF an, spearheading the operation, 40-strong D squadron of the SAS. Against amaz

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099466420
ISBN-10: 0099466422
Format: Paperback
(177mm x 111mm x 42mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis is a journalist and documentary film maker. He has worked for the Telegraph, the Guardian and the BBC. Slave and Operation Certain Death have both been Sunday Times bestsellers. He lives in London.

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