Warrior Brothers: My Life in the Australian SAS

By Keith Fennell

A red-hot memoir from an Australian ex-SAS soldier, choked with the motion, worry and camaraderie of strive against. For the 1st time, an ex-SAS soldier tells all: what it skill to be a member of an elite staff, the demanding situations, the highs and the lows - and the experience of accountability, honour and brotherhood that by no means dies. In 1995, elderly simply 21, Keith Fennell was once authorised into the Australian unique Air provider Regiment, the SAS. Over the following eleven years, operations took him from the jungles of East Timor to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, from the southern Indian Ocean to Iraq. What he discovered approximately friendship, and approximately himself, replaced him ceaselessly. Fennell's missions compelled him to stare loss of life within the face time and again. From dodging mines and bullets in Iraq's Anbar province to helping the restoration attempt after the Asian tsunami, his reviews are stunning and confronting - but in addition inspiring. An unflinching glance contained in the motion and the phobia, the tragedy and the bravery of 1 soldier's carrier within the Australian SAS, Warrior Brothers is additionally an edge-of-your-seat adrenaline journey with a gaggle of guys you are going to always remember.

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As this booklet has slowly taken form, I’ve been struck by way of the realisation that the adrenaline rush, the problem and the pleasure – those aren’t what I leave out so much from my previous existence. it's the males whom i used to be privileged to paintings beside. whereas my reviews have been invigorating, it's going to consistently be the mateship that I cherish such a lot, the camaraderie solid through sharing adventures with the main excellent males I’ll ever meet in my lifestyles – my Warrior Brothers. My Warrior Brothers Who stand beside Me Who stands beside Them Who look whilst hassle confronts Me Who runs forth to shield Them every time they want Me Or each time i want Them To shape the union of Us and people like Us include in mixed power in the course of adversity And not anything, now not even loss of life, will ever sever this bond. My first operational deployment within the SAS was once in early 1998, as a member of a four-man workforce. We were deployed to hitch a naval venture close to Heard Island, to assist grab any vessels came upon fishing illegally in the Australian exclusion sector. Heard Island lies deep within the southern Indian Ocean, nearly 4000 kilometres south-west of Perth and a thousand kilometres north of Antarctica. along its rapid neighbour, the McDonald Islands, possession of this uninhabited, desolate, sub-Antarctic patch of land was once transferred from the united kingdom to Australia in 1947, and it really is now categorized as a nature reserve. to explain the stipulations as tough will be placing it mildly. Heard is ruled via an lively volcano, the massive Ben Massif, and its summit, Mawson top, claims the name as Australia’s optimum territorial element at 2745 metres. 80 in keeping with cent of the island is roofed in ice that may be as much as a hundred and fifty metres thick, and large glacial hands expand into the sea the place they're damaged off via the brutal winds (gusts as much as 210 kmh) and waves (up to 17 metres). the typical day-by-day greatest temperature is 3 levels Celsius. With 3 out of 4 days being cloudy, Heard Island is much from an awesome vacationer vacation spot. The wind kick back is lethal, as is the icy water. somebody who enters the water unprotected may possibly in basic terms have a few minutes ahead of falling into hypothermic unconsciousness. regardless of an immersion swimsuit, you wouldn’t live on longer than approximately half-hour. The Patagonian toothfish, even if, flourishes in those deep, icy waters, becoming as much as 2. 2 metres lengthy and weighing as much as a hundred kilograms. A prized delicacy within the usa and Europe, the fish may well in simple terms be stuck via 3 accredited Australian vessels. regrettably, the 200-nautical-mile exclusion quarter round the islands is usually breached through long-line poachers who release from various African ports. That’s the place we got here in. Heading in the direction of Heard Island at the HMAS Newcastle looking for unlawful fishing vessels was once rarely counter-terrorism. It used to be a vintage peacetime operation – we have been utilizing our services to avoid wasting a fish we had by no means heard of. yet our SAS education in clinical, language and humanitarian abilities could at the least get a exercise routine.

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