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By Commander Ade with James Barrington Orchard

Helmand Province, October 2006: British infantrymen are engaged within the so much extreme, sustained battling they have confronted because the Korean battle. opposed to a tricky, skilled and frighteningly prompted enemy, their lives too frequently relied on the good fortune of danger-close, pin-point assaults pressed domestic from the air. while 800 Naval Air Squadron - callsign 'Recoil' - arrived in theatre, their Boss, Commander Ade Orchard, knew there will be no slip-ups. Day and evening, the Fleet Air Arm crews have been on consistent alert, able to scramble their seriously armed Harrier assault jets at a moment's realize in help of the lads at the floor. the decision wasn't gradual in coming. simply fifteen mins after you have airborne for the 1st time, Orchard and his wingman have been within the thick of it, known as in while an Apache helicopter gunship used to be compelled again through heavy fireplace . . . the 1st booklet written by means of a serving British quickly jet pilot because the 1991 Gulf warfare, Joint strength Harrier deals an remarkable, heart-stopping perception into the realities of contemporary air war. The complexity and class of the gear can have moved on because the epic battle battles of WWII, yet it is transparent that the braveness, ability and personality of the lads engaged during this fight for a country's survival has no longer.

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