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    DescriptionFirst in - the official motto of one of the British Army's smallest and most secretive units, 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon. Unofficially, they are the bastard son of the SAS. And, like their counterparts in Hereford, the job of the Pathfinders is to operate unseen and undetected deep behind enemy lines. When British forces were deployed to Iraq in 2003, Captain David Blakeley was given command of a reconnaissance mission of such critical importance that it could change the course of the war. It's the story of nine men, operating alone and unsupported, 50 miles ahead of a US Recon Marine advance and heading straight into a hornets' nest, teeming with thousands of heavily armed enemy forces. This is the first account of that extraordinary mission - abandoned by coalition command, left with no option but to fight their way out of the enemy's backyard. And it provides a gripping insight into the Pathfinders themselves, a shadowy unit, just 45 men strong, that plies its trade from the skies. Trained to parachute into enemy territory far beyond the forward edge of battle - freefalling from high altitude breathing bottled oxygen and employing the latest skydiving technology - the PF are unique. Because of new rules introduced since the publication of BRAVO TWO ZERO, there have been no first-hand accounts of British Special Forces waging modern-day warfare for nearly a decade. And no member of the Pathfinders has ever told their story before. Until now. PATHFINDER is the only first-hand account of a UKSF mission to emerge for nearly a generation. And it could be the last.


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    Title
    Pathfinder
    Subtitle
    A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Blakeley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 352 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781409129028
    ISBN 10: 1409129020
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JWH
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC classification: U
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    BIC subject category V2: HBWS5
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000, BIO010000, HIS027180
    BIC subject category V2: 3JMC, 1FBQ
    DC22: 956.704
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    DC23: 956.7044342092
    Thema V1.0: NHWR, NHWL, NHG, NHWR9, DNBH1, JWCS
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Captain David Blakeley was second-in-command of the elite Pathfinder Platoon and fought in the Iraq war in 2003 and in Afghanistan after 9/11. Before that, with 1 PARA, he saw action in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland and was, at one point, the youngest Captain in the British Army. After being seriously injured in Iraq he fought his way back to physical fitness and went on to undertake SAS selection. He now works as a military consultant to TV and film production companies. PATHFINDER is his first book. He lives in London.