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Old 25-04-2014, 02:27 AM   #16
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McNab was born on 28 December 1959.. Found abandoned on the steps of Guy's Hospital in Southwark in a Harrods shopping bag, he was brought up in Peckham, with his adoptive family. He did not do well in school, dropped out and worked at various odd jobs, usually for friends and relatives, and was involved in petty criminality, finally being arrested for burglary in 1976. Partly inspired by his brother's time in the army, he wanted to join the British Army. He failed the entry test for training as an army pilot, but enlisted with the Royal Green Jackets at the age of 16..From Dec 1977 to June 78, he was posted to South Armagh, Northern Ireland, as part of the British Army 's "Operation Banner"...In 1982, after 8 years with the Royal Green Jackets, he attempted SAS selection. After failing his 1st attempt, he passed in 1984..During his 10 years with Air Troop, B Squadron, 22 SAS, McNab served with Al Slater, Frank Collins and Charles "Nish" Bruce...
Al Slater was a member of 1 Para.. He appeared in the 1982 British TV documentary titled The Paras as one of the instructors to a group of Parachute Regiment recruits undertaking their basic training. The programme began filming just prior to the onset of hostilities of the Falklands War..and was 1 of 4 SAS soldiers to be killed during the Troubles..In 1982, Bruce was the first special forces soldier to parachute into the South Atlantic during the Falklands War a couple of weeks ahead of the fleet carrying the main task force to recapture the islands and was a member of Operation Mikado..Joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973 at age 17 and in 1978 spent 4 years with the The Red Devils Display Team..HAHO jumps would involve deploying the main canopy at 26,000 feet into high airspeed and drifting down with 20–30 minutes descent time..In the early 1990s Bruce trained with Loel Guinness' High Adventure Company and Joe Kittinger to skydive from the edge of space from 130,000 feet and break the highest altitude freefall record previously set by Joe Kittinger himself in the 1960s.. In return for NASA support on the 'Skydive from Space' project, Nish Bruce, Taylor and experienced mountaineers from High Adventure joined renowned NASA scientist and Space Shuttle Challenger crew member K Gordon Henize in a joint expedition to climb the North Ridge Route of Mount Everest in late 1993..Although the expedition was marred by the death of Henize,the TEPC meter had done its job, and when it was later analysed at NASA HQ, an increment was added to the human physiology database..Frank Collins (b. 1956-57 - d.16 June 1998) was a Church of England Minister and the first 22 SAS soldier to enter the building in the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980. Whilst with 22 SAS B Squadron Air (7) Troop..He left the service to pursue religion. After becoming a vicar, he was commissioned as a chaplain in the 23 SAS Regiment and served as padre in the The Parachute Regiment..During the 1st Gulf War, McNab commanded B20, an 8-man SAS patrol that was given the task of destroying underground communication links between Baghdad and north-west Iraq and with tracking Scud missile movements in the region.. The patrol was dropped into Iraq on 22 January 1991, but was soon compromised, escaping on foot towards Syria, the closest coalition country...
Scud is a series of tactical ballistic missiles developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was exported widely to other countries, in particular third world countries. The term comes from the NATO reporting name Scud which was attached to the missile by Western intelligence agencies. The Russian names for the missile are the R-11 (the first version), R-17 and R-300 Elbrus (later developments)..All models are 11.35 m (37.2 ft) long (except Scud-A, which is 1 m (3 ft 3 in) shorter) and 0.88 m (2 ft 11 in) in diameter.. They are propelled by a single liquid-fuel rocket engine burning kerosene and corrosion inhibited red fuming nitric acid (IRFNA) with UDMH, unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (Russian TG-02 like German Tonka 250) as liquid igniter (self ignition with IRFNA) in all models..The R-11M had a maximum range of 270 km, but when carrying a nuclear warhead, this was reduced to 150 km..North Korea obtained its first Scud-Bs from Egypt in 1979 or 1980.. These missiles were reverse engineered, and reproduced using North Korean infrastructure, including the 125 factory at Pyongyang, a research and development institute at Sanum-dong and the Musudan-ri Launch Facility..The Scud missile (including derivatives) is one of the few ballistic missiles to be used in actual warfare, second only to the V-2 in terms of combat launches (the SS-21, MGM-140 ATACMS, Fateh-110 and 9K720 Iskander being the only other ballistic missiles fired in action)..More than a dozen Scuds were fired from Afghanistan at targets in Pakistan in 1988..Ira q was the first to use ballistic missiles during the Iran–Iraq War, firing limited numbers of Frog-7 rockets at the towns of Dezful and Ahvaz. On 27 October 1982, Iraq launched its first Scud-Bs at Dezful killing 21 civilians and wounding 100.. Scud strikes continued during the following years, intensifying sharply in 1985, with more than 100 missiles falling inside Iran..The most intensive - and less well-known - use of Scud missiles occurred during the civil war in Afghanistan between 1989 and 1992..3 districts in the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo and the nearby city of Tel Rifat were hit by ballistic missiles on February 22, 2013, flattening up to 20 houses in each of the places hit..A small number of Scuds were used by Russian forces in 1996 during the 1st Chechen War and in late 1999/early 2000 during the 2nd Chechen War..Scuds were responsible for most of the coalition deaths outside Iraq and Kuwait. Of a total 88 Scud missiles, 46 were fired into Saudi Arabia and 42 into Israel..killed 1 Israeli directly and 1 Saudi security guard by a hotel..28 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were killed when one struck a US Army barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia..The USAF organized air patrols over areas where Scud launchers were suspected to operate... know Meade should have taken another 35,000 casualties. Could have ended the rebellion right then and there. Hell, Grant would have done it.. Pickett's charge was up Cemetary Ridge, not Little Round Top..Saunders. Head of Section "V" Vienna. You're *bloody* late. This is a mission, not a fancy dress ball...

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