Ground Truth: 3 Para Return to Afghanistan

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In April 2006 the elite 3 Para Battle Group was despatched to Helmand Province on a tour that has become a legend. All that summer the Paras were subjected to relentless attacks. Two years later the Paras are back. The enemy has been forced to adopt new weaponry and tactics. But how much progress are we really making in the war against the insurgents? And is there an end in sight? In this searing account of 3 Para's return, Patrick Bishop combines first-person accounts of front-line action with an unflinching look at the realities of our involvement in Afghanistan. Writing from a position of exclusive access alongside the Paras, he reveals the 'ground truth' of the mission our soldiers have been given.

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Patrick Bishop has been a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, reporting from conflicts all over the world. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling 'Fighter Boys', 'Bomber Boys' and '3 Para'.

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'Are we winning or losing the war in Afghanistan? !Bishop offers no easy answers. The portrait he paints is one of selfless young men and women performing magnificently under near-intolerable conditions ! "Ground Truth" is one of the best accounts you will ever read about contemporary warfare: shrewdly observed, action-packed and written with great sensitivity.' James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday 'A beguiling and often bewildering account of how this strange war seems to the fighting man and woman!Bishop gets to the core of their thoughts and fears. As a view from the ground, often with the author present at key points, Bishop's books are invaluable' Evening Standard 'What makes this sequel stand out as a record of the war in Afghanistan is the author's ability to encapsulate the personalities of the various officers and men involved, while simultaneously unravelling the complex strategy behind this most confusing of campaigns.!Those involved are fortunate to have found such a fluent advocate of their cause and exponent of their valour.' TLS More praise for 'Ground Truth': 'Well paced and well told. It is also very well informed! It is his sense of personal involvement in the testing physical and moral hardships of contemporary soldiering that gives the narrative such a sharp and poignant edge!inspiring' Country Life Praise for '3 Para': '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 the deployment in Afghanistan last year of 3 Para!written with the fluent, rich and engaging fashion typical of the author's work as a journalist.' Times '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

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