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    DescriptionThis 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 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 twelve 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, defended by some 400 heavily armed soldiers. Operation Barras, the rescue mission, was a combined force of 100 Paras, twelve members of the Special Boat Squadron, helicopters from the Navy and RAF and, spearheading the operation, 40-strong D squadron of the SAS. Against amazing odds the hostages were rescued - over 150 of the enemy were killed. Operation Certain Death is a thrilling true story of all out war. No hostages taken. Blood-letting on a vast scale inflicted on a very blood-thirsty enemy. A gripping piece of true military history, perfect for fans of action adventure stories and anyone interested in the top secret division of the British Army.

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    Operation Certain Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Damien Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 177 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 366 g
    ISBN 13: 9780099466420
    ISBN 10: 0099466422

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPR
    BIC subject category V2: JWL, JWDG, HBJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFDE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, HIS027030
    DC22: 356.16709664
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJPR, 1HFDE
    Thema V1.0: TTM, NHW, JWMN
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    Publication date
    04 April 2005
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    Author Information
    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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    "What a story! As good as any thriller I have ever read. This is the lowdown." Frederick Forsyth "Grotesque, glorious and utterly gripping" Bolton Evening News "A powerful docu-novel, which conveys the danger of the operation and the courage of those who went in to successfully rescue their colleagues." Sunderland Echo "As a purely military operation it knocks into a cocked hat the lifting of the Iranian embassy siege" -- Brigadier Andrew Stewart