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This is an auction for 3PARA by Patrick Bishop. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! It was April 2006 and 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment (3 Para) Battle Group were deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan for a six month tour of duty. What they were expecting to encounter and what they found on arrival were entirely different things. The pre-deployment intelligence suggested the tour was likely to pass without a shot being fired whilst they concentrated on a task which required then to provide security for a reconstruction programme. Six months later, the Battle Group returned home having fought one continuous battle after another during which they defeated the Taliban within Helmand Province. That military success did not, however, come without a price. Eighteen officers and men died during the tour after another two had lost their lives in preliminary operations. It is many years since I served with 3 Para and I well remember the stories of both Sergeant Willetts who saved many lives in Northern Ireland for which he was awarded a posthumous GC in the 1970s and, in 1982, Sergeant Ian McKay who was awarded the last VC of the 20th Century. Now, in just six months in 2006, 3 Para had added yet another VC and another GC in addition to many other honours and awards to their illustrious Battalion and Regimental history. Patrick Bishop has done an excellent job in providing an informative and readable account of exactly what happened."

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Hardback 2007.

289 pages + photographs.

New condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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