Written by a military journalist with top contacts with the Special Forces and Paras Operation Barras was the biggest British military operation in Africa since our invasion of Egypt in 1956 A graphic depiction of the grisly 'heart of darkness' world that was Sierra Leone in the 1990s
Educated at Clifton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, William Fowler was land forces editor of Defence magazine and a contributing editor to Jane's Information Group. A long term territorial soldier he served with British forces in the Gulf War and graduated from the French Army Reserve Staff Officers at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. He conducts regular battlefield tours and broadcasts on radio and television. He is married and lives in Hampshire.
In Operation Barras William Fowler describes the historic setting for British involvement in Sierra Leone that led up to the rescue mission. The build up to the airborne assault by the SAS and Paras on September 10 is covered in great detail and you are pitched into the action. It is an insider's book that will appeal to soldiers and anyone with an interest in the development of post colonial Africa. - EYE SPY