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Operation Mayhem
Author: Steve Heaney

ISBN: 9781409148456
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7 May 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.5 x 2.4
Description:
Sergeant Steve Heaney tells the explosive true story of the epic operation that helped to bring to an end the Sierra Leone Civil War and earned him the Military Cross.

2,000 blood-crazed rebels. 26 elite British soldiers. One man's explosive true story.

Airlifted into the heart of the Sierra Leone jungle in the midst of the bloody civil war in 2000, 26 elite operators from the secret British elite unit X Platoon were sent into combat against thousands of Sierra Leonean rebels.

Notorious for their brutality, the rebels were manned with captured UN armour, machine-guns and grenade-launchers, while the men of X Platoon were kitted with pitiful supplies of ammunition, malfunctioning rifles, and no body armour, grenades or heavy weapons.

Intended to last only 48 hours, the mission mutated into a 16-day siege against the rebels, as X Platoon were denied the back-up and air support they had been promised, and were forced to make their stand alone. The half-starved soldiers, surviving on bush tucker, fought with grenades made from old food-tins and defended themselves with barricades made of sharpened bamboo-sticks, tip...

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