Col Stuart Tootal - Talk in London - 26th January 2010

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  1. In case this is of interest to anyone:

    [align=center]Danger Close – Commanding 3 PARA in Afghanistan – Col Stuart Tootal (former Commanding Officer of 3 PARA)

    A talk at the Royal Geographical Society – Tuesday 26th January 2010 (7pm)

    in aid of

    The Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust and the Army Benevolent Fund

    3 PARA were the first British unit to be sent to the lawless province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan in 2006. The deployment was heralded as a peace support mission, but the Taliban thought differently. 3 PARA ended up firing nearly half a million rounds of ammunition in a level of combat not experienced by the British Army since the Korean War. With 1,200 soldiers, 3 PARA held a disparate number of isolated outstations against relentless enemy attack.

    Throughout the 6 month tour of duty resources were stretched to breaking point and the award of 32 gallantry decorations, including a Victoria Cross, is testimony to the ferocity of the fighting which occurred over the same ground that is now held by six times the number of British troops.

    Stuart Tootal uses photographic slides from his book Danger Close and front-line video footage to provide a fascinating talk on leading soldiers in battle, the realities of war and the challenges of succeeding in Afghanistan. He will also talk about the general treatment of British soldiers when they return from the frontline (an issue that had a profound influence on his decision to resign from the Army).

    The talk will be at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore. The entrance to the hall is on Exhibition Road and the doors (and bar) will open at 6; Colonel Tootal’s talk will start at 7 pm. Copies of Danger Close will be on sale at the special price of £14.50 and following the talk he will sign copies of this fascinating book.

    Advance tickets: £15 – cheques (made payable to Stuart Tootal) and SAE to Bielinski, 105 Bishops Road, London SW6 7AU. Alternatively, credit card payments can be made by calling the Army Benevolent Fund on 020 7414 3321.

    All proceeds from the talk will be donated to the Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust (providing assistance to wounded soldiers and the next-of-kin of those killed in action) and the Army Benevolent Fund.

    For further details please e-mail:

    Danger Close – Published by John Murray – RRP £18.99

    The (Parachute Regiment) Afghanistan Trust is a registered charity, No 1121647

    The Army Benevolent Fund is a registered charity, Nos 211645 and SCO39189
  2. Thanks DB - do you want to post it in the Book Club too? - If anyone attends it would be good to have a review of the evening written up and posted on the thread in The Book Club.
  3. Will do - I've read the book and was impressed.