The One That Got Away - Chris RyanCentury, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Illustrated with colour photographs.
From the cover: “The SAS mission conducted behind Iraqi lines is one of the most famous stories of courage and survival in modern warfare. Of the eight members of the SAS regiment who set off, only one escaped capture. This is his story.
Late in the evening of 24 January 1991 the patrol was compromised deep behind enemy lines in Iraq. A fierce fire-fight left the eight men miraculously unscathed, but they were forced to run for their lives. Their aim was to reach the Syrian border, 120 kilometres to the north-west, but during the first night the patrol accidentally broke into two groups, five and three.
Chris Ryan found himself left with two companions. Nothing had prepared them for the vicious cold of the desert winter, and they began to suffer from hypothermia. During the night one of the men was to disappear in a blinding blizzard. Then the next day a goat-herd walked on top of the two survivors. Chris’s remaining partner, thinking the Arab friendly, went off with him in search of food, and never returned.
Left on his own, Chris Ryan beat off another Iraqi attack and set out alone. His greatest adventures were only just beginning…
The One That Got Away is a breathtaking story of extraordinary courage under fire, of hairbreadth escapes, of the best trained soldiers in the world fighting against the most adverse conditions, and, above all, of one man’s courageous refusal to lie down and die..”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 241 pages.