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Unscathed: Escape from Sierra Leone by Philip Ashby (£9.50)Publisher: Macmillan — 2002
Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0333989201]
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a small nick at the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “On 6 May 2000 Major Phil Ashby’s mission as a UN Peacekeeper in war-ravaged Sierra Leone was brought to a violent end. The notorious rebel soldiers he had worked so hard to disarm restarted the country’s civil war, and their first act was to turn on the UN’s representatives, torturing and butchering a number of his colleagues and taking over 500 hostages. Ashby and three other Western soldiers found themselves cut off in a small compound in hostile territory, surrounded by rebels who taunted them by throwing the blood-stained uniforms of fellow UN workers over the walls. After four days of physical and psychological bombardment, Ashby took the decision to risk being killed trying to escape rather than be taken alive. So at 2.45 a.m. the next morning, faces blacked with charcoal, his team went over the wall. They were surrounded by rebel troops and outnumbered by at least twenty to one. They were also unarmed. Their chances of escaping alive were very slim. But despite trekking day and night for almost a week without food or water, Ashby somehow found the strength and the courage to lead his colleagues on a daring, dramatic and heart-stopping race to freedom through the hostile jungle. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his actions.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 266 pages.
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22