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 Book: Zero Six Bravo

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PostSubject: Book: Zero Six Bravo   Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:24 pm

Just finished reading a book called Zero Six Bravo. It is an account of a mission conducted by a squadron on the SBS into Iraq at the start of the second Gulf War. They took 14 300 Tdi Wolf 110 Defenders 700 km, deep into northern Iraq where they ran into the Iraqi 5th Brigade and Fedayeen militia mounted in Toyota Landcruisers. Great story but interestingly from a Land Rover perspective was how well their trucks did. Loaded to the max with extra fuel, water, food, ammunition, comms gear they made it all the way without any trouble. After being ambushed by the Iraqi's, including tanks, they fought their way out with the 110's being filled with bullet holes. Despite taking a horrific beating from the terrain and enemy fire, not one of the Land Rovers broke down until the very end when one got its overloaded crew to an emergency landing zone before the engine died from battle damage. The crew were pulled out by helicopter and jets destroyed the 110s so they wouldn't be captured.

A pretty good read for anyone interested in military Land Rovers.

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PostSubject: Re: Book: Zero Six Bravo   Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:31 pm

If there was ever a time you need a reliable vehicle, this was one of those occasions. Good to hear they were up to the task.

As for the men who carry out missions like this, they are incredible, carrying on where David Stirling (the founder of the SAS) had left off in WW2.

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