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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege

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Iraq, 2004. Sgt. Dan Mills and the rest of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, were supposed to be winning hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives...

Within hours of the battalion's arrival in Iraq, a grenade bounced off one of their Land Rovers, rolled underneath, and detonated. The ambush marked the beginning of a full-scale firefi
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published August 30th 2007)
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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege—5 Stars worth of high tension firefights and escapades of the British Army in Iraq. No Blair-bashing, no agonizing over why they are there, no diatribes on PTSD, some bitching about heavy-handed Americans but so what, sober acknowledgement of mistakes, a solid story.

I tell you this account of the British Army in Maysan province, Iraq is gleaming! I am just chuffed to bits to read this tale of the 1st Battalion, PWRR and
Oh, what to say, what to say?

I'm sure by now you've figured out that I'm in one of my "military book" phases. It'll pass, don't worry, but for now this is kind of my reading focus.

"Sniper One" was advertised as "One of the best first-hand accounts of combat that I've ever read", "highly charged [...] page-turning read", "strong, cohesive and complete."

Well, it could be. I wouldn't know. I gave up fairly soon, because I just couldn't, COULD NOT stand the stupidity. Sorry, Sgt. Mills, but you are
I'm a massive fan of war memoirs - the kind popularised by Andy McNab and Chris Ryan in recent years - so when I saw the hype surrounding this book, I had to give it a go.

It totally lived up to my expectations. Somewhat inevitably, considering the setting, the action comes thick and fast, making this a modern-day version of the Battle of Rorke's Drift in the Zulu War - and it's just as exciting. Bullets fly, shells explode and our sniper heroes do what they need to do to get the job done.

Yes, it
Not the type pf book I'd choose for myself but was a loan from my brother in law. I really liked it. It had great pace, was never boring and showed just how hard our armed forces have it in Iraq in a war we never should have got involved with. The taleban or hardliners are truly terrible people but its clear the allied forces will never defeat them until the Iraqi people decide they dont want anything to do with religious fundamentalists. Ok its not "a great work of lirerature" as oe of my book ...more
Mitchell Lapora
As real as it gets. I bought this book wanting to learn more about how the military worked and little did I know that it was completely not how I expected it to be. Still a good read: learning what the soldiers had gone through was a big learning experience for me.
Peter Roach
Not a book for everyone, especially those that are really into political correctness, or "if only the rest of the world thinks the same way as me". The book is frank, covering a battle/siege that was little reported during Iraq invasion by coalition forces, by the leader of a British sniper team. It does not go into the politics or rights or wrongs of the conflict, it is only about an individuals experience and recollection of his time there.

I found the book to be an excellent read, that was hon
The brilliant memoir of a British Army sniper in the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, centred on his 2004 tour of duty in Iraq and the events that summer at Al Amarah, 100 miles northwest of the British base at Basra, and close to the Iranian border and an insurgent crossing point.

Commander of Sniper Platoon, Mills gives a fast-paced, nail-biting account of his sniper team, their arrival, life on base and in the city, the siege (that could so easily have become another Alamo), and the highs
A really good read and insight to what a soldier goes through. And even though they doing a really tough job, they still have a sense of humour when you least expect it.
Ian Willis
This book was amazing, I love reading true stories like this where some people have a lot more to deal with in their job than most and they deal with it really well.
Incredible, another great book that gives a proper insight into what these soldiers have to go through every day. I have nothing but respect for these guys.
Andrew Morgan
I sit here thinking how I can sum up this historical account, doing it enough justice and I finding myself failing for enough superlatives. I rarely give a book 5 stars because I always think, to do so would say this is perfection, and no matter how much I've enjoyed a novel in the past, I always think that maybe it was lacking in something that may have given it a little more edge, but this was perfection and a joy to read, it kept me on the edge of my chair right the way through. This was perf ...more
Extremely good book reflecting the reality of the war in Iraq. Very much a soldier's 'behind the scenes' perspective.
Steve Smy
I bought this book when I was going through a period of reading lots of the genre. Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege has to be one of the most honest stories I've ever read. Sergeant Dan Mills doesn't hide anything.

The first thing that the reader has to accept is that snipers are a breed apart. They are specialists and they take great pride in their skill. To them, the more lethally effective they are, the better the chances of their comrades (and themse
Jan 10, 2013 Col rated it 3 of 5 stars
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We all saw it at once. Half a dozen voices screamed 'Grenade!' simultaneously. Then everything went into slow motion. The grenade took an age to travel through its 20 metre arc. A dark, small oval-shaped package of misery the size of a peach ...

April 2004: Dan Mills and his platoon of snipers fly into southern Iraq, part of an infantry battalion sent to win hearts and minds. They were soon fighting for their lives.

Back home we were told they were peacekeeping. But there was no peace
This book tells the story of the Battle of Al Amara. A horrible violent hell hole, more Iranian than Iraqi. During 2004 the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment was sent to occupy the town. While the main force was located up at Camp Abu Naji a small battle group was stationed in the main Ba'ath party building in the city centre.

The town was under almost complete control by Muqtada Al'Sadars Mahdi army. The British found themselves very quickly under attack. The poor equipment supplied by the MOD s
Stephan Van wyk
Don't look out for great literature. But that's not what a soldier's life is about is it? This stuff is all action and from the heart. It very realistically puts the reader in the midst of the action. I don't know if this will come easier for those who know or have known military life - maybe it does and this may possibly bias my opinion? But I could feel events happening and see them in front of me. These guys are/were terrific soldiers. The way they speak, interact, react - that's all the real ...more
I thought before starting that this would be another typical gung-ho war book. Not that I don't enjoy those from time to time, but what I mean is with lowered expectations as to any 'deep thoughts'.

Wrong. Although it seemed to go that way at first, soon the story became much more of a human drama as you re-live the summer of 2004 with the British fighters literally stuck all on their own in a southern Iraqi hellhole under virtually constant attack by insurgents in the town.

There's an awful lot o
I was finally able to get a copy of this book through interlibrary loan. And I think it was worth the wait. If I could I'd rate this down to 3.75 instead of 4 - but here's why. I read lots of stories depicting the men of the British army and for the most part they depict a committed and doughty group of folks. When the chips are down, they dig in and get the job done - with a fair bit of complaining, thievery and colorful cursing to be sure, but they do get it done. This was much the same story ...more
Zechariah Richardson
Before Sniper one, I read American Sniper and although I enjoyed that, it was no where as amazing as Sniper one.
The boys of the PWRR lived to tell a tale despite the odds being against them.
Don't take my word for it, read the book, not for a good story but the story deserves to be read to honour these heroic men!
D.M. Baillie
My first introduction to true war stories, I have to say that the beginning was very memorable and delves straight into the action. One can only imagine the feelings that these soldiers must go through in these situations. War is a terrible thing, the world should be able to function without it, but sadly power and money are often the contributing factors to such atrocities and the soldiers on the ground are but pawns in a deadly game of chess.

That being said, Mills put together a fine story an
I read this book on-and-off for months, and I enjoyed the look into a battle I'd never even heard of. As an American, I honestly paid little attention to what the British troops were doing in Iraq, so I'd never heard of Al Amarah, much less these soldiers. And it was amazing to see just how bad these guys had it! This was one of the better modern warfighting books that I've read, but at times I did find it repetitive, slow, and kind of boring. Those are negatives for a reader, but at the same ti ...more
Charles Wilcockson
These days it is not uncommon for this genre of book to grace both the traditional and online book shelves and this it would appear to be the problem. Whilst in general this is an interesting story it is quite clear that the author had read one too many similar books himself prior to writing. The story in itself is in fact quite short with a whole load of padding of what appears to be any "Soldier Speak" possible. Everyone is portrayed as basically "boys on tour" which I am sure is really not th ...more
Katie Penryn
I found this book a fascinating account of what life was like during the "win hearts and minds" period after the war. Sgt Mills brings to life the hardships of the front line but also explains the professional pride and expertise of the Sniper Group. The story was so engaging that I read it from cover to cover without looking for my atlas which I shall now do. My ex-husband and I drove from Riyadh, through Iraq, to Europe in December 1987 during the tailend of the Iraq/Iran War and so I know the ...more
Kyle Sheppard
I think this book is amazing! It was written by sgt. Dan Mills and is about him and his sniping platoon. The story takes place in Iraq over a 6 month period. At the beginning of the story his platoon does a tour around the Cimic house and the city they will be in. During one of the tours they get into an ambush. Then a grenade bounced off their landrover and exploded. Luckily none of his people took serious damage, but kept them pinned down behind the landrover. Throughout the whole story they ...more
Fast-paced eyewitness account of the battle in Al-Amarah in 2004 between the British army (Princess of Wales Royal Regiment) and Sadrist militias.

Told in pure squaddie vernacular, so if you don't like seeing the f-word in print, prepare to be offended. Frequently. Like every other sentence.

I served with the Brits in Basra for several months, so all of the jargon was familiar to me, but it will be confusing to the average American reader, even one with military service. The volume would have been
Richard Midgley
Heads and shoulders above nlany other book in this genre of recent years.
Brilliant. One of the best modern warfare books I have read.
Tim Corke
Just brilliant - started it this at lunchtime and only a few hours and not much else happening finished it in one go. You just cannot help just having one more page and another and another. The word insight is used far too much and it should only be used for books like this. Each page drew you in more and more until you felt as though you were alongside Mills and his platoon fighting their war. On Armed Services Day there's no other book I would have wanted to read and just increases my already ...more
Emily Dawson
Couldn't put this down! Read it less than 48hours with work in between which is highly unusual for me!
Fast paced and so well written. Best military account i have come across yet!
Robbie Callaghan
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