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Bravo Two Zero The Real Story

Apr 04, 2024
eight SAS men fell behind enemy lines during the Gulf War just a decade ago in a matter of days three of the soldiers were killed four captured and one crossed the desert to freedom one of the great epic journeys in British military hi

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and a story known to millions through books written by two of the soldiers under their pseudonyms Andy McNab and Chris Ryan there were some

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life heroes contemporary British heroes the same names Most likely there were only eight of them, but after they returned, patrol commander Andy McNab said they had killed or wounded 250 Iraqis, an extraordinary feat of military experience, but Now a little over ten years have passed and there is still one last story to tell, the one left behind in the Iraqi desert shortly after 9 p.m.
bravo two zero the real story
On 22 January 1991, an RAF helicopter dropped eight SAS men more than one hundred and eighty miles behind enemy lines on its mission to locate Iraqi missile launchers. Michael Asha is Britain's leading desert explorer and a former SAS soldier. He has returned to Iraq to repeat the fateful patrol carried out by Bravo Zero Over the years he has crossed around 20,000 miles of desert and now he wants to know what they went through I am in the Iraq desert in the same place where Bravo Two Zero was inserted by helicopter on this January 22, 1991 and it was for them the great mission of their lives.
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ly the greatest. This was what they had been training for all their lives. You know, they were here, they were on a major operation in a major war. and eighty-odd miles behind enemy lines and this place seems quite sinister to me, but how much more hostile must it have seemed to them? In his book, patrol commander Andy McNab recounts how the RAF helicopter dropped them off twenty kilometers from their destination, each of which they carried with them. 200 pounds of gear Michael Asher takes on the same route with the same crippling weight in the water after a slight he's already in trouble it's so hard to talk I mean, it's such a strain it's painful I mean, I'm getting slower and slower In the you know, a distance of a kilometer was almost reduced to a stop and that is approximately the limit of my strength for now, it is like carrying a 15 stone man on our back, the only thing we will have to do is empty the water, I mean, that's it.
bravo two zero the real story
The only way to get there is the one I need before he goes to Iraq. Michael went to the Brecon Beacons, where the SAS trained to prepare for his journey. It has always been said in SS circles that the books contain exaggerations and that some of the incidents never happened at all. When Andy McNab and Chris Ryan returned from Iraq there was an official regimental report and there were obvious discrepancies between what they wrote in their books and what they told their SS comrades in private; The other surviving members of the patrol may not speak because they are subject to a confidential MOT agreement, but the SAS regiment sergeant major at the time, Peter Ratliff, has deep reservations about McNabb and Ryan's claims about whether there was any discrepancy between what they wrote in the books and what they actually said at the time.
bravo two zero the real story
In the interrogations in the interrogation they did not mention killing 250 or wounding 250 Rocky soldiers, but there are also other casualties before leaving for Iraq. Michael visits the family of Sergeant Vince Phillips, one of the total who died, all of them, but especially Chris Ryan, blame Vince. Phillips for much of what went wrong since his father and two brothers served in the military so that Vince was portrayed as a nervous incompetent who took down the patrol has been humiliating for them, it seemed that all the blame fell on him, between other things, you know? about him being nervous and nervous, yes, he should think that all the men on that patrol were nervous and nervous, he was not nervous, he was a very good soldier.
Michael Ash's investigation begins in Baghdad, where he plans his journey using the books and maps he has identified at key locations. to visit as he reenacts the Bravo two

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mission Iraqi government officials will travel with him, but he is free to go wherever he wants and talk to whoever he chooses for the last 50 years, when fighting in the desert, the SAS has always used land heavily armed. The rovers nicknamed Pinky's, against the advice of their commander Bravo two zero, defied tradition and went on foot despite the enormous weight they had to carry. It was a decision with terrible consequences.
I think that if I had not followed in their footsteps from Bravo to zero I would never I would have understood exactly you know the logic of his movements. I do it because I believe they only travel under the same conditions. Can you get a sense of what it was like for those people? January 1991 Iraq begins firing Scud missiles at Israel. The Arvo to zeros mission locates missile launches as they travel along this highway so they can be destroyed. Observing and reporting is a classic SAS task. To do this, they found a place to lie down or Lu P near the road. here from where they can see but not be seen after having walked through the night Michael Asher is now trying to find the lu p this seems to fit exactly on the ground.
I mean, both Ryan and McNab describe seeing a building, some trees, a water tower within about 1500 meters of the Lu Peter pulled point zero three kilometer and this looks great now I'm sure it's point to point Wow bingo this is this is the point there Miguel and look this is This is the jump and it corresponds exactly to the description. It couldn't be more perfect. There is some sort of ledge in the cave big enough for quite a few people to hide. There's a rock in the middle and then there's another space in the other. east side is Bravo two zeros place lying I found it it's fantastic really this is where they were here is where you know this is a historic place is where they came I really feel fantastic now no, that's great doesn't it say here we moved the whole team in the jump , the cave was divided by a big rock, so we centralized the equipment, which I imagine would have meant that they put it here behind the rock and there is a small storage area here under the rock, so we centralized the equipment and we have the two gangs on each side served by the two gangs, that is to say the two half patrols, Vince's patrol was on this side of the rock and NAG McNab's patrols on this side of the rock, but the really exciting thing is that this It's without a shadow of a doubt that this is Bravo two zeros Lu P and I'm standing in this same place where Andy McNab and his team sat and where they spent their first night here Michael Ash's next step is to look for witnesses, he wants to talk to the locals.
Who can remember anything about Bravo two zero? The obvious place to start is the building that both McNabb and Ryan mentioned in their books. This remote part of Iraq is mainly populated by Bedouins. It's a culture Michael Asher knows well because he spent three years living with a Bedouin. tribe, it soon becomes very clear to my adversary that this Bedouin family knows a lot about Bravo two zero in Ryan's book. He says things started to go wrong when some local pastors saw Vince Phillips in the leop. Michael finds out that this family knows this pastor. boy, they said there was a boy named Adil who was about 10 years old, about the same age as this boy, but he went down into the water but he didn't see them, he said he didn't see them at all, no, Ryan in his account realizes that Vince moved and the boy saw him and this is what compromised the patrol, of course everything that went wrong with the patrol started from that point, but according to Abbas, the boy did not see them at all, a bus takes Michael Asher. to meet Adele, the shepherd boy immortalized by both McNab and Ryan as the person who first saw the SAS patrol and caused her downfall.
Now he is a young man of about 20 years old and, according to our boss, he is the only boy in the area who seemed after the sheep Yanni al-walid le and the NASA chef father Britannian faladi, well, Amash of them Martha washed with the owner, came senator from the Senate by then in GT honorable Hunnam, small yd Intel hostile McCann was lucky to have his ability, sorry, I have a mushroom to give me a wash, yes, calling home, Phil, coup d'├ętat , you, Gullu, in the shapeshifter, man, oh well, I mean, I think one thing this stands out is that Vince is totally vindicated, you know, I mean, you know clearly that no one has reported seeing strangers in the wadi I think what was really responsible for the compromise was the fact that they would fall so close to this house, the house where these people live.
The other interesting thing about the Bedouins' account is that they claimed to have heard the helicopter land and then took Michael away. Asha to the place a short distance from her house, what they said was that the helicopter landed right here, so it must be about 300 meters away and if what they say is true, obviously Mcnabbs claimed that the drop-off point was 20 kilometers to the south is garbage, you know, they landed here in the helicopter and loaded all their heavy equipment, although there were only two kilometers left to jump, the first firefight of the patrols with the Iraqis began with the arrival of a bulldozer to the wadi where they were hiding michael has founded belongs to Abbas this is amazing it's really the bulldozer as it could Navin Ryan both describe his books Abbas says he went to put the bulldozer in the wadi to park it out of the wind since he didn't want the fuel freeze the integers you had.
Know? I did it. After he saw the first man behind that rock, he saw his eyes and then he crouched down again and then, as he came back, he saw another one up there. and again I just saw his eyes, you know, then he saw two people and he said at that moment he didn't know who he wasn't sure who he had seen. Abbas says that he did not contact the Iraqi authorities, but rather told his father and brother, this time they will return to the wadi armed with two Kalashnikovs and an ancient bolt-action rifle. McNab and Ryan described their first contact with the enemy as a bloody and dramatic firefight.
McNab says they were attacked by armored personnel carriers and loaded their weapons. Burning, they lobbed grenades and left the battlefield strewn with dozens of dead and wounded Iraqi soldiers. Abbas and his brother went up the patrol car passing under that ridge there with this kind of nipple at the top. Well, at that moment these two guys and his father fired two shots. over their heads immediately the patrol dispersed they fell to the ground I began to crawl into position and they returned fire and the bullets hit this ridge behind us here both the SS patrol and the Arabs were shooting at each other the SAS fired a smoke grenade and created a large cloud of smoke and, under the cover of the smoke, the SS Patrol moved away over the ridge right in front of us.
Well, what McNab wrote was that from this point they actually charged, but no, it was not three men who charged, but this horde. of enemies with armored personnel carriers coming at them across this terrain, you know, and they made this kind of charge of the Light Brigade firing their 203 grenades, you know, they destroyed one of the armored vehicles, they threw a grenade in the back of another. McNab exploded, it looked like there were hundreds of bodies writhing everywhere, it was absolute carnage, you know, but this is a very, very different story, getting here, you know, something much simpler, much more prosaic, three guys. ordinary people who lived in that house. there you can see even from here, just local people, this is their backyard, you know, and there they were, you know, if what they say is true, that was the only enemy they were facing and this is quite sobering afterwards to say good.
I just can't believe it. I'm reluctant to do it. I admit it at this point. You know it should be. I take more a little more convincing than these. What I want to know is this. You already know. I mean, they tell us. in their books they drop their Bergin at this point. I want to know if these guys found the Bergins and where they were and I'm going to ask them about that now, an inter battalion legee torogai Bataan magadhan looks for some doctor when they get to yes, they say this is the point where they found the first Bergins, so that in fact the Bergens that they found in two groups, a group of three, a group of five verses, are on the other side of the hill, but this is where they found. the first group from Bergen and they described very, very well how they fought this tactical retreat, one man at a time, being covered by, you know someone else and I don't see how God could have gotten that from someone else, I mean, it was absolutely You already know this, but this is exactly how the SAS would withdraw.
Michael is now in a dilemma: was there a pitched battle with dozens dead or was it just a minor skirmish? He needs to know what evidence the Bedouins present for God in the house that the locals present. some of the things the SAS left the same with this this is a standard British Army jerrycan and this is an army shovelbritish this is not the original handle of course they put this and this is the lid of a claymore mine and we know it According to the book, they actually let minds live in the jump and these are not used by the Iraqi army at all, but they are a standard problem for the SAS, well, we have hard evidence, obviously, you know they were here, you can't.
I have no doubt about that and that these people you know had some contact with them. Now, Michael is convinced to pick out some of the details with Abbas. I know that a bear tradition is that when someone shoots into the sky above their heads, what they do is What they would do is wave their fake acts, you know, and Abbas says that's true, that's the usual response among bears. and I think it is a great irony that if they had had someone among the SAS who spoke even a little Arabic and understood Bedouin traditions and this need not have happened at all.
You know if they yelled we're friends, you know we are, stop shooting these guys. I probably would have just let them go Bravo two zero we were very unlucky. I spent many hours talking to our bus and finally discovered that he had actually been a sergeant major in the Iraqi equivalent of the SAS in which he had served during the eight years of the Iran-Iraq conflict on the front line, which was real and was at gunpoint, and surprisingly, that meant he had more combat experience than the entire force of Bravo Two Zero combined. Michael Masha is intrigued to know what Abbas thinks of the British soldiers and He says that they were very brave, they really did their duty there, but he said that whoever sent them here lacked intellectual capacity because it was really ridiculous to send people to a place like this where it couldn't be done. survive, you know they knew nothing about it, it was a job that was doomed to fail for them as far as Abbas was concerned, the SAS men were heroes sent on an impossible mission while Michael Asha followed the route taken by the escaping men , there was another mystery to solve when an SAS patrol is deployed there is an escape and evasion plan if things go wrong that everyone should agree beforehand according to Ryan the official plan for Bravo two zero was to go south back to Saudi Arabia a route escape route used successfully by other SAS patrols, but Ryan also says that even before leaving, the Patrol had discussed going west, unfortunately they had not made this clear as patrol leader McNab was ultimately responsible for this decision. .
This was the most important decision Andy McNab would ever make. to face and decided to head to the Syrian border. What made this decision so extraordinary was the fact that his radios had not worked since the patrol had been dropped by helicopter the night before. Back at the base, no one knew about the change in plan, so while the patrol went north and west, the helicopters searched for them in the south. Bravo two zero were already completely alone and what was worse, the dangers of the desert had been underestimated because although it was desert it was already winter on the part of the The second night, the difficult environment is taking its toll on Michael Asher just as it did on Bravo two zero a little over 10 years ago.
What occurs to me as I walk is that this is much less a military story than a story about the power of the landscape and I think that the Bravo 2 0 themselves, you know, as the night went on they must have realized that the desert himself was at least as much of an enemy as the Iraqis who were pursuing them. The SAS prides itself on its meticulous planning, but it is a brother to zero. They headed to one of the coldest places in the world without any proper cold weather clothing and, unsurprisingly, they soon began to freeze and, in doing so, became confused in the dark.
The patrol split into two parts and were never found again. Michael prepares to spend the night alone now following the route taken by McNab and his four dinga companions Coburn Francie Leo and Legs Lane built a sort of shelter against the strong wind they had no sleeping bags they had no tent they carried SAS smokes like this in 1942 , so they didn't have anything special to keep the wind out and there was a huge wind chill factor here, you know, it was probably -10 -20 degrees Celsius and of course there were five of them huddled together. deliberately to share his body heat Bravo two zero went to Iraq in the winter Michael in the spring but it was still very cold at night I'm really starting to feel quite cold and you know, although it's absolutely nothing like Bravo Jazeera must have felt when The less I get, you know, a snub, it's like Tim is indicating what it must have been like for them.
I had no chance from the beginning, no chance, the early morning sun brings relief to Michael Asher, but back in the winter of January 1991 Bravo two zero wasn't so lucky, it's freezing coal and now they're exhausted and soaked, I was raining and snowing, they must have been pretty battered in the expelled state, SAS tradition is always to avoid roads and tracks, but McNabb ignored them. standard operating procedures he and the other four hijacked a taxi and left for the border Abbas, the Bedouin who first saw the Patrol, agreed to act as my guide in the clashes and now travel together towards the Syrian border in the same hijacked taxi by The SAS Abbas and I developed a fairly close friendship.
I lived with the Bedouins. I really liked the Bedouins. I understand their customs to a certain extent and you know, we really fight. Also, he's a very, very nice guy, a very genuine guy and, like he said. For me, among the Bedouin, it is actually considered a shame to lie, so this is the place where McNall's patrol of friends claimed to have killed three people, this was the end of the taxi ride for them and while it was the last part of their journey that ended in the capture of three of them and the death of two Michael Asha and Abbas are on their way to meet another witness, a police officer who Abbas was told was at the vehicle checkpoint that same day. night in McNab's book tells how a patrol shot dead three Iraqis at this checkpoint, well this is great and Abbas is saying that this soldier, his name is Ahmed, was here ten years ago and the braava tubers They took Robert to 0 patrolling here and he knows everything about what happened that night and he's prepared to tell me about McNutt says the car stopped in a line of cars and they could see a guard with a rifle over his shoulder coming towards them and This is what he wrote, he knocked on the window and I put my head back in the same movement.
I pushed my legs and pressed my body against the seat. The squad's face was pressed expectantly against the legs of the window. I raised the barrel. One bullet was all it took. There was an explosion of broken glass and the car doors opened. We got out and ran before the The body had even fallen to the ground, that's how I could have described it and describes how once they got out of the car, they shot two other members of the squad, boom boom, and then they fled into the desert, yeah, and Now I'm going to translate.
That for me, to state it and see what their reaction is, made any original a bit Kitab. Why was there mineral? The video comes. Michael Ash's lengthy translation of Andy McNab's brutal prose of a response from Curt, he said it's absolutely one hundred percent, he said a million percent. sure that no Iraqi police were injured or killed, okay, none, he said absolutely, not even a scratch. Ahmed tells Michael that British soldiers were seen on this bridge. He was getting dark. He went to get reinforcements. 25 armed police returned and headed straight for a gun. The battle with the SAS men was a fairly severe firefight, a lot of bullets were fired and it lasted, he estimates, about 10 minutes and they approached the dislocation in a sort of pincer movement, when they got there they discovered that there was no one there. it had somehow slipped down their necks there is something Achmed and Andy McNab would agree on this was the end of the line for the SAS man in the dark there was more shooting now just a few miles from the Syrian border and from security Bravo two zero were running for their lives and behind them were the police and some locals who joined them.
The first to die was Bob Concilio here in this field, but this is Mr. Soapy and he was actually present here the day Bob Concilio was killed and he was actually one of the seven people that are there in this building and in the trees and he was actually present at the time he was killed, but what what happened was that they yelled at him he responded with a weak voice like someone who was really suffering from cold or was paying something like that you know they weren't sure what he was going to do so they opened fire on him and I guess he was wounded in the mouth here as he was going down this track and when he got approximately here he was hit by a bullet that somehow exploded or set fire to a phosphorus grenade that was in his breast pocket, Bob probably hid the death of EOS.
He was quickly followed by the capture here of Mark Coburn. He was already hurt. Ahmed told me that he was actually on the spot with his police unit when Mark Coburn came across this tomato field and was actually crawling like a mid-game. I love what kind. shows wound Agia or below you know that he was crawling face down through the tomato field and he didn't have any rival, he has a bay in his hand, there were six or seven of them and they opened fire on him, they shot him. and he fell he shouted something in English but they didn't know what it was and they went towards him out of the ditch the family was really shivering from the cold you know he's really cold and the blood was coming out of his leg but he was still conscious and I forced myself to pick up Coburn and I took him to Boowa.
He had a stretcher in another. Another guy carried the body, you know, still alive, across the field. I put it in the back of a Land Cruiser. Ahmed brought it. A blanket covered him because he was obviously very affected by the cold and he said thank you in English to our partner, he said that from here they took him to the hospital and the doctor said that he needed blood, he had lost a lot of blood. blood and I volunteered to give him blood and they gave him a blood test which value was from the wrong group but one of the police officers with Ahmed actually gave him blood and of course it saved his life while two others Members of the Dinga patrol and Legs Lane had reached the banks of the Euphrates River in the freezing darkness made the fateful decision to swim.
Michael crosses the river to a small inhabited island where Legs Lena and Inga took refuge in this pump house, but for the morning Legs Lane had advanced hypothermia he was dying there is an old man here who found them one of the boys found them did not share what he says the first one they found in the pump house was very affected by the cold it is so bad that he could not No I'm talking, he could have moved and they loaded him up and put him on a tractor, they took him through the water to the shore and then they put him in a car and took him to the hospital and maybe we don't know, maybe he died on the way to the hospital or in the hospital itself anyway, they are very sure that he was still alive when he left their custody.
Michael Asher continues to ask about the dingo capture in his book. McNab describes a brutal beating and claims that a man tried to cut off his ear. He said that no one had a reason to hit him. He said that he didn't resist. He just surrendered. They only searched him for the grenades they found on him. They took them away and took him to the police station just walking normally. They said, you know, he didn't resist, they had no reason to beat him, it was pretty useless to swim across the river, if you think about it, I mean, all they did was reach an inhabited island, where in the morning Next it was going to be full of farmers, I mean, they just didn't have children, what we're going to do is shoot them all.
I mean, it was nice what my stay again, you know, was a loss of line, now two men were dead and two had been captured which just left patrol leader Andy McNab alone hiding in a culvert here in this field McNab says he was discovered by an old goat herder and Michael found the same man who has lived here all his life McNab says his capture was brutal but this Shepherd has a very different story to tell, he says he was given the equipment, he said who is absolutely one hundred percent sure that no one hit him, no one kicked him, no one treated him badly at all, he said all that happened was his hands were tied behind his back.
They made him kneel like that, okay, and he said. I asked him, well, how was it possible that he drank tea? and he told me that they poured the tea into his mouth, you know, and he said that he first tried to back away. He thought it was poison for something, but someone tried the tea for him and he finally relaxed and drank it. Michael does not doubt that McNab was physically beaten once in prison, but as he prepares to follow in the footsteps of the remaining three of the Patrol, he considers that the admiration he had for McNab has now evaporated.
I think we like heroes. I think we need heroes in this country, but I don't think our search for heroes should obscure the truth.For me, knowing the truth is much more important than creating some myth, part of our need for hero worship after the breakup Ryan describes how Stan and Vince spent a desperate day huddled in a small shelter as night approached, they left To the north, everyone was crippled by the freezing cold, but they remembered the promise he made. For the family in Britain, my Kalasha still wants to try and piece together what happened to Vince Finis, accompanied by a bass.
Michael Asher has located this man, Muhammad, who takes him to the place where the three SAS men spent their first day after the Divided, it used to be a hole in the ground, but now it has been covered up. He says that he knows this is the place where they spent the day because he found the marks of their feet, the footprints were very distinctive and could not have been made by any Arab. or anyone who lives in this area, I mean they really stood out, you know they were quite different. Muhammad also tells Michael that he was the man who found Vince Phillips' body.
Michael goes over his story by showing him some photos to see if he can identify him. He sees these three patrol here, so I'll see which one he chooses, any monkey. Audrina, yes, Muhammad, oh, he had been howling at Rogell until I got here. Well, he pointed to the photo of Phillips and said that he is absolutely 100% sure that this is the man he found here. He approached him and discovered that the body was lying on the ground, not too curled up in a fetal position, on Wedge Hill. To be cooler you would attack and walk well his face was upturned and he had belts across his body he was wearing a jacket camouflage said that he was a very tall man a quite good looking man he had a curly mustache next to his mouth and he wore a goodra or shemagh like this one, but taut but longer with the ends tied along his body and around his back and found that he searched the body and found a wallet with 70 dollars in it and there was also a photograph. of his wife and his two sons as a fucking ice climber, he says he has a pair of binoculars that he found in his pocket, very small binoculars and he took them home.
He has them at home and he will go find them. They gave you an acrylic table, you didn't give our other bad Phillips, rather novel, my skill, these are the real binoculars that he found in Vince Phillips, his pocket, his own binoculars, but now, this gives me a kind of direct feeling of connection, you know, with Vince Phillips. When Vince collapsed, the three SAS men were in very bad condition suffering from exposure and hypothermia. Ryan himself says that his memory of what happened is hazy and his mind was cloudy, but they lost Vince that night, they looked for him and couldn't find him. so they left it behind, it was a terrible decision, but there was no change.
Hammett can confirm only part of Ryan's account. According to Muhammad, there were no footprints leading back to the body and, in fact, he followed the footprints with five other people as far as he could. the railway line 15 kilometers from here and he followed the tracks at least 15 kilometers to the railway line and he is absolutely sure that there were no tracks coming back in the terrible conditions. Ryan and Stan had probably become disoriented and couldn't find their way back to Vince. Michael Asher continues along the route taken by Ryan and Stan. Ryan writes that he and Stan became separated when Stan left with a seemingly friendly shepherd to find food and transportation.
He never returned. Ryan, of course, did not witness Stan's capture with this man. Haj Abdullah says he saw them, what happened was that about 15 police and soldiers came here when the man saw them, he ran out and hid behind some stones, they surrounded him, they approached him, he simply surrendered, he gave them his he handed the rifle to the policeman he didn't say anything he didn't try to shoot anyone he didn't cause any problems according to Ryan when Stan before Stan was captured he actually surprised three people who he said were running out In this house there are three police officers or Jun DS and now I'm going to ask him if that's true, uni sahi, how did he cut the radial in total, besides, I'm a guy who says hey, you know, and he said it's completely false, it's not true in Anyway it is They took him away, there was no problem, he didn't put up any kind of resistance, but the NAB claims that in the course of the events of the robber to zero, the patrol killed 250 people, well, I have covered almost all that ground.
I mean, I'm not quite done with Ryan's journey, but I've covered a lot of that ground and I haven't discovered a single person that they've killed, and as far as I'm concerned, so far you know that far from being 250 the the Bravo's body count at 0 was 0 the real problem with exaggerating or gilding the lily or whatever you want to call it is that when you write about war it has consequences dangerous consequences it creates unrealistic expectations of what real soldiers fighting real wars are really like capable of Chris Ryan walked 200 kilometers for seven nights to cross the border with Syria and Michael Asher tenaciously follows in his footsteps one thing that remains is Ryan's trip which I think was a magnificent feat although given that he exaggerated so much in his book my The desire to make the trip to follow in his footsteps is really diminished Michael Asher arrives at the Revue loading facility Chris Ryan had another four days of walking ahead of him but Michael Asher decides he's had enough of following in the footsteps of Bravo two zero Not really anymore I feel the need to go on this heroic journey simply because I don't think it was really heroic.
I think it's really despicable that McNab and Ryan are hiding behind pseudonyms saying their real names are a security threat when I've gone against regimental tradition by naming the three dead and, after all, their families are equally vulnerable. I always thought that Ryan made a mistake in naming Vince, which is not in the regiment's tradition, at the same time, you know, he hides behind it. the pseudonym I think is something like Batman and Robin you know, I want secret identities to be given it only adds to the mystique there is one last job to do I have something very special here they are some kind of guineas and this was Vince Phillips' favorite drink.
I brought this from England to bury it in this place. I'm going to bury it in memory of Vince Phillips, Sergeant Vince Phillips of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment who died in this place and you know, I look forward to the memory of him. It will always be an honor, you know, I think he was really, you know, an acid to the regiment and I'm going to bury him in the ground and then we're going to build a can of stones over him, okay, we can, we saw your lair Nigeria while That other members of the patrol received Vince Phillips medals was not a decision that offended many.
I think you should get a medal myself if I was giving out the medals I would have given one to Vince Phillips. I think he was as deserving of a medal as any other member of the Patrol after all, he gave his life and what more can be given, we want to forget that the Iraqi people are human beings, people like ours, people who love their children, you know, people are just ordinary as we are, you know, and turning them into these kind of robots that can be shot down, you know, like it's a game, you know, 250 people like that, well, you know, they didn't kill 250 people in England, Michael.
He fulfills his promise to the Phillips family, telling them what he discovered and returning their binoculars. Yes, I think that people who serve in the SS regiment now and those who served in it in the past will be quite disturbed by what I discovered on my trip, so Peter Ratcliffe was the sergeant major of the SS regiment. SAS at the time of the Gulf War. He interrogated the two surviving Bravo Zeros when they returned. He is very critical of McNabb and Ryan, as he found major differences between what they said in the report. and what they later stated in their books, the sad thing about Ryan is that his story is fantastic in its own right and to have embellished it in that way actually has a bit of a bitter taste, yeah, in a lot of people's mouths, so I mean Would you say that?
Other members of the regiment feel the same way you do about Ryan's book or Mcnabbs' book and the claims they have made. I think most guys feel that these claims are absolutely ridiculous.

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