HERRICK 4 told by veterans, in their own words, out now

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Stonker, May 23, 2008.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:

  1. To my great surprise, I have just this morning received an advance copy of "A Million Bullets", a new book written about Herrick 4. It was a small 'thank you' from the author, who contacted me through Arrse over a year ago,

    In a very very tiny way, I helped James (we have never met) to find a way past the barriers being put up by MoD to protect the literary interests of a retired Para General with a son who commanded a Para Coy on HERRICK 4 . You can figure it out - I learn from his intro, that James was forbidden to interview any Paras other than Lt Col Tootal, CO of that Bn. James wanted to get at all the other cap badges fighting in AFG and tell a wider story. If he hadn't, the chances are HERRICK might go down in history as a 'Paras only' affair. It wasn't, and a lot of troops out there with them, had substantially less preparation for it, and did equallly well, yet got loads less coverage at home.

    Among them are my old Bn about whom I have just scanned some excellent stuff, told in the lad's own words, about combat in (Apocalypse) Now Zad, around page 98.

    Fill yer boots. Tell yer friends and family. And a big thank you to James Fergusson for putting it together.

    About James:
  2. RABC says - You can preorder this at Tescos for £10
    For anyone who wants it, the Tesco order page for the book is here (clicky).
  3. My Tesco copy arrived yesterday - thats Friday night sorted !!
  4. ARRSE gets a mention in the book, as do Stonker and Dilfor.

    So far a good read - with a percentage of the profits going to Combat Stress.
  5. :oops: ( . . . on which page?) :oops:
  6. To sum up H4 in my own words...it was grim but life changing.
  7. going to start my copy tonight.


  8. You are mentioned in the Acknowledgements on the first page, and Dilfor and ARRSE on page 24.

    Op Nimby is also mentioned.
  9. . . . . thank gawd for that - I couldn't work out how I'd got into the war zone . . . :wink:
  10. Thanks Stonker :)
    ... ordered and hope to receive Monday or Tuesday.

    ... and bump!
  11. Stonker - another mention of you on page 237
  12. with you on that blob... grim, hard to forget and utterly life changing.

    Can anyone who has read it give us a brief thought on the book?
  13. As a Battle Group, H4 didn't have the ammo that following BG had, it didn't have the defences now in place, it had no rations (well, limited at times) No water at Sangin and other out stations, and above all ONE BG ( and OMLT), not several as there are now. H4 will go down in history and be spoken about for years to come I believe.
  14. I'm about half-way through it.

    Aside from a few really trivial mistakes (e.g. calling RRF the Royal Fusiliers, and writing "dust bag" for "doss bag") he is bloody good at giving you the stories of soldiers in their own words.

    He also gives you a well-informed and readable analysis of the higher-up, strategic and political problems of the operation - he has a particular advantage, in that he has spent a lot of time in AFG in the past.

    At the moment I'm rating it at at somewhere around 9 out of 10. Certainly a must read.