The true story of a legendary SAS soldier who participated in the battle of Mirbat and assaulted the Iranian Embassy to free the hostages held within. No publicity, no media. We move in silently, do our job, and melt away into the background. If you have the stamina, the willpower and the guts, we'll welcome you with open arms and make you one of us. And if you haven't, then it's been very nice knowing you.
Eighteen years in the SAS saw Pete Winner, codenamed Soldier 'I', survive the savage battle of Mirbat, parachute into the icy depths of the South Atlantic at the height of the Falklands War, and storm the Iranian Embassy during the most famous hostage crisis in the modern world.
For the first time Pete also details his close-protection work around the world, from the lawless streets of Moscow to escorting aid convoys into war-torn Bosnia.
He also unveils the problems of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder faced by many Special Forces veterans, and how he battled his own demons to continue his roller-coaster career. This is his story, written with a breathtaking take-no-prisoners attitude that brings each death-defying episode vividly to life.
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Table of Contents
Foreword /Initiation /Sickener 1 /Sickener 2 /From Hereford to Jebel Massif /Isolation /Operation Jaguar /Transfer /The Battle of Mirbat /Belfast /Hong Kong /A visit from the Colonel /Embassy Siege /The Falklands /Fallen Comrades /Frustration /The Final RV /When the Camp Gates Close /On the Circuit /Champagne and Diamonds /The Sultan's Palace /Aid Convoy /Port and Stilton /My Kingdom for a Stinger /Banned and Blackballed /A Living Hell /On the Ragged Edge /The Bodyguard /Mafia in Moscow /Revenge is Sweet /Postscript /Glossary