Jim, are you after the book or the BBC Play for Today (or similar series) version, directed by Alan Clarke (no relation to AFN Clarke)?
The book can still be found, but the last time this question was asked on here about the film, I think the conclusion was that the BBC had failed to release it, either on VHS or DVD. I know that when the Staff College library attempted to get a copy about five or six years ago the BBC said that they could provide a copy - but they asked for, IIRC, £400 for one VHS cassette. Strangely enough, their offer was declined.
Thanks for the replies guys.
I did get the youtube copy. Once I'd converted it for my TV quality went down hill. Still, it was worth the time and effort. I wish BBC would release it.
It got the heart pumping, thinking about those night patrols around that area.
You and me both! I must be the same age as you. It made an enormous impression on me.
I think as a drama it is very good. Tactics and drills are rather crap. What I think it did well was to show the relentless nature of the war and its effects on troops.
A question I asked myself whilst watching it was:
If all the voice procedure, Orders, hand signals and section level tactics had been done by the book - would it have been a better film?
I don't think it would. It made its point and if there was a bit of artistic licence then OK. In a way, it showed how we would have liked to prosecute the campaign. It's very much a detached, third party view of the campaign and I think that from that point of view it is very sympathetic to the troops.
I was here rather than there so perhaps my opinion isn't of any merit.
If this is what these days we call 'docu-drama', and begins with a shooting at a VCP, I remember the guys watching this more than once in 86 or 87 and it was deffo on a tape - I suppose it could have been a recording from the tele but I got the impression there was more than one copy doing the rounds, so assumed it was a commercial version.
I remember being surprised that it wasn't the usual Hollywood bullsh1t but if it's the film I'm thinking of, we laughed unkindly at a scene where the brick 'ambushes' a weapons handover. But iirc they seemed to get the edgy, nervy atmosphere about right. Don't remember a suicide ...??
(Don't rate my opinion of much merit after all these years either, mind you.)
Tell your Dad Nicky, it was his book that encouraged me into the Army, loved it and still a good read today...shame its not out on DVD, I'm sure it would sell well.
Just out of interest what did he get up to after leaving the Para'S ?