C.Q.B. : Close Quarter Battle, Paperback
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Even by SAS standards Mike Curtis has had a remarkable career. A former coal miner and likely Welsh international, he served with 2 Para in the Falklands before going on to join the SAS.

In C.Q.B. he describes his gruelling experience in the Falklands and also focus on two more of his major SAS operations; the first in Iraq where he spent several weeks behind enemy lines; the second in Bosnia where he worked closely with all factions and latterly led a close protection team guarding visiting heads of State.

Goose Green, the first land battle of the Falklands conflict, was the longest, hardest-fought, and most controversial. The outcome there was to set the tone for the remainder of the war, affect international opinion and the morale and determination of both armies.

The SAS infiltrated Iraq in two guises - as road-watch patrols and mobile fighting columns. Constituting the biggest SAS overland fighting force since the Second World War, Mike Curtis's troop constituted a coherent, mobile weapon able to operate round the clock and defend itself against surprise attack.

C.Q.B. is also the first published account of the SAS's activities in former Yugoslavia by a Close Quarter Battle Specialist and John Major's personal bodyguard.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages, 16pp colour & b&w photographs
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780552144650



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This is a rousing good tale of life in the British Army with focus on the Special Air Service, the British equivalent of America's Delta Force. While the wars that Curtis fought in including the Falkland Island war with Argentina make exciting reading, he even makes the brutal training for the SAS fascinating. His description of the war in disintegrating Yugoslavia is mind numbing and even he who had seen some unspeakable scenes in war, found the hatred and atrocities he saw there almost impossible to behold. Six weeks behind the lines in Iraq during the Gulf War read like an adventure novel.

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