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Afghanistan in the summer of 2006. In blazing heat in remote outposts the 3 Para battlegroup is pitted against a stubborn enemy who keep on coming. Until now, the full story of what happened there has not been told. This is it. In April 2006, the elite 3 Para battlegroup was despatched to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. They were tasked with providing security to reconstruction efforts, a deployment it was hoped would pass off without a shot being fired. In fact, over the six months they were there, the 3 Para battle group saw near continuous combat -- one gruelling battle after another -- in what would become one of the most extraordinary campaigns ever fought by British troops. Around parched, dusty outposts reliant on a limited number of helicopters for food and ammunition resupply, troops were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks, as well as energy-sapping 50 degree heat and spartan conditions. At the end of the tour, the Taliban offensive aimed at driving the British and Afghan Government troops out of Helmand had been tactically defeated. But 3 Para paid a high price: fourteen soldiers and one interpreter were killed, and 46 wounded. '3 Para' will tell the stories of the men and women who took part in this extraordinary and largely unreported saga. Best-selling author Patrick Bishop has been given exclusive access to the soldiers whose tales of courage and endurance provide an unforgettable portrait of one of the world's finest and most fascinating fighting regiments, and a remarkable band of warriors. Their bravery was reflected in the array of gallantry medals that were bestowed on their return, including the Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal Bryan Budd and the George Cross won by Corporal Mark Wright, both of whom were killed winning their awards. 3 Para's saga of comradeship, courage and fortitude is set to become a classic. Key title / An immensely important military work, '3 Para' reveals the full story of a campaign which remained only partly covered by the media due to the dangers and difficulties involved. No other writer has been given this level of access. / These stories of bravery are unlike any that have filtered back from the battlefield since the Korean War. / Patrick Bishop's many years experience as foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph mean that his contacts and knowledge of the situation in Afghanistan are unrivalled. / For the first time, 'helmet-cam' pictures taken from soldiers' cameras documenting events as they happened, will be included in the finished book. / Patrick Bishop's 'Fighter Boys' sold over 117,000 copies in the UK alone and 'Bomber Boys' is a Sunday Times bestseller and has sold just under 20k copies in the UK to date. / Illustrated by many images taken by the soldiers themselves in battle. / Competition: Leo Doherty ('Desert of Death'), Mark Ryan ('Battlefield Afghanistan')
Patrick Bishop worked a senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of `The Irish Empire'; the acclaimed book `The Provisional IRA' with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling `Fighter Boys' ; and most recently `Bomber Boys'. He lives in London.
'Wonderfully compelling ! a fast-paced story of incredible bravery that at times reads like a thriller.' Christina Lamb, Sunday Times 'Bishop gives a gripping insight into deployment in Afghanistan last year of 3 Para!written with the fluent, rich and engaging fashion typical of the author's as a journalist.' The Times 'He presents an inspiring story of courage, discipline and!selfless comradeship!the frenzy of close--quarters combat!is captured particularly vividly!fast--paced and absorbing.' Daily Mail