'Zero Six Bravo'
A new book is to soon be published that will shed light on a controversial UKSF mission that took place during the opening stage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 'Zero Six Bravo' by Damien Lewis promises to tell the story of what really happened when a 60-strong SBS/SAS task force were ambushed by Iraqi forces, including a Fedayeen unit tasked with hunting down special forces.
Initial news reports indicating that a British special forces operation had run into trouble in the Northern Iraqi desert surfaced in early April 2003 (1). Several items of captured equipment, including a Land Rover and a Quad Bike were displayed on Iraqi TV. Later press reports painted the operation as a complete disaster, and branded the UKSF operators as cowards who ran from a fight(2). These claims were denied in later reports in which a brave fighting withdrawal against considerable odds was described. (3,4). 'Zero Six Bravo, aims to set the record straight with a detail account of the mission and, for the first time, allows the men involved to tell their side of the story.
Damien Lewis has also written about the SBS involvement at the battle of Qala-I-Janghi (Bloody Heroes) and Operation Barras, the UKSF hostage rescue operation in Sierra Leone (Operation Certain Death). Both are highly recommended.
update: a review of Zero Six Bravo can now be found in our UKSF books section.
For more info on the book, you can read:
more info / further reading:
- 1. Helicopter pulls out SAS team after secret mission uncovered
- 2. Shake-up in Special Boat Service over claims it 'panicked and fled' in Iraq
- 3. SBS heroics in Gulf War II
- 4. End your rift, SAS and SBS are told