March 2003: while the terrible 'shock and awe' was going on in Baghdad, Royal Navy Marines from HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean were given the job of 'kicking the door down'. This book presents an account of one of the most dramatic, and militarily significant actions of the Iraq War.
March 2003: while the terrible 'shock and awe' was going on in Baghdad, Royal Navy Marines from HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean were given the job of 'kicking the door down'. At zero hour on March 19 members of 40 Commando, steaming a few miles off the Iraqi coastline, boarded helicopters, their faces blackened and their throats dry at the thought of what lay ahead. They were to be the first troops on the ground in Iraq and were tasked with forcing an entry into the country, to storm the Al Faw peninsula, secure the crucial oil terminals and open a gateway for ground troops in the advance on the city of Basra. It was the first British amphibious landing since the recovery of the Falkland Islands. Within minutes of landing contact was made with the enemy and the darkness was split by gun flashes and explosions.40 Commando won a swift and early victory taking over 200 soldiers prisoner. But now it was essential that the British Marines were reinforced against an Iraqi counteroffensive. Plans to fly in 42 Commando by the US Marine Corps were abandoned when a huge sandstorm brought down a helicopter. There was to be no reinforcements for 40 Commando that night. Tanks were observed setting out from Basra and ship-born Lynx helicopters were sent to attack them. With a foothold now in the country the fight was on to capture the port of Umm Qasr, guarded by the elite Republican Guard, so that humanitarian supplies and reinforcements could reach the land forces now crossing the border from Kuwait.What followed was some of the fiercest fighting of the conflict that lead the British Marines to the city limits of Basra. Written with the co-operation of Rear Admiral David Snelson and the Marines of 40 Commando, "Target Basra", is the definitive and action-packed account of one of the most dramatic, and militarily significant actions of the recent Iraq War.
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Mike Rossiter is an independent documentary film-maker, whose work has been nominated for BAFTA and Emmy awards. In 2001 he filmed the search for and recovery of the body of Donald Campbell and his record-breaking boat Bluebird from Conniston Water. He produced the series War at Sea for the BBC and discovered and filmed the wreck of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. He is also the author of Ark Royal and Sink the Belgrano.
Target Basra by Mike Rossiter
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