Good descriptions of the men, kit and techniques used by this elite unit. The story could have probably been told better in half the pages. Did Bulgari pay him to mention how great their watches are? And how many times does he have to tell us he is 2IC Pathfinders?
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No back-up. No air support. No rescue. No chance Unofficially, they are the bastard son of the SAS. And like their counterparts in Hereford, the job of the Pathfinders is to operate unseen and undetected deep behind enemy lines. When British forces deployed to Iraq in , Captain David Blakeley was given command of a reconnaissance mission of such critical importance that it could change the course of the war.
And it provides a gripping insight into the Pathfinders themselves, a shadowy unit, just forty-five men strong, that plies its trade from the skies. Trained to parachute in to enemy territory far beyond the forward edge of battle - freefalling from high altitude breathing bottled oxygen and employing the latest skydiving technology - the PF are unique.
Because of new rules introduced since the publication of Bravo Two Zero, there have been no first-hand accounts of British Special Forces waging modern-day warfare for nearly a decade. And no member of the Pathfinders has ever told their story before.
Until now. Pathfinder is the only first-hand account of a UKSF mission to emerge for nearly a generation. And it could be the last.
Pathfinder : A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines