Legendary Soldiers: Chris Ryan – Bravo Two Zero, The Longest Escape, And Evasion Ever Attempted

Bravo Two Zero

Right before the United States and its Allies began Operation Desert Storm’s air assault, a British Special Air Service team was brought into Iraq by a Chinook helicopter. Desert Storm’s goal was to take out Saddam Hussein’s army and push them out of Kuwait.

Bravo Two Zero

In January 1991, eight SAS soldiers from Bravo Two Zero went ahead of the Allied forces. Their mission was to watch Iraq’s supply route into Kuwait, and they had a 1.2 walk after their drop.

Things were not going as planned. The men of Bravo Two Zero could not take a direct route to their observation post. If they did, they would have been captured and tortured.

They headed out toward Syria to avoid capture, which was 190 miles out of the way. Unfortunately, their radios were not working, at least not when communicating with headquarters. Their home base could hear them, but nothing was coming through from headquarters.

A shepherd spotted the men, and they offloaded their gear and got out of dodge. They then heard treads on the ground and thought it was an Iraqi tank.

However, it turned out to be a construction bulldozer. Both the driver and the SAS were surprised, but the Britishs’ advantage was now gone. The Iraqis would know that they were there.

Heading To Syria

Soon enough, Iraqi armored vehicles were after the SAS soldiers. The British shot at the vehicles in hopes they could slow the Iraqis down. But Iraqi troops joined in.

The British went back to where they initially landed, but the helicopter was not coming to pick them up. On Jan. 24th, 1991, they were on their way to the emergency route all the way in Syria.

Coalition aircraft never saw the SAS soldiers because they were supposed to be headed in the opposite direction. The group tried to get a vehicle, but there were checkpoints in place that foiled their plans.

They lost two men to exposure as they walked through the desert, and Iraqi civilians killed another. Five were captured, tortured, and questioned before being turned over to the International Red Cross, leaving one man still walking-Colin Armstrong.

Armstrong was able to make it to Syria. After taking him into custody, the allied country released him back to the United Kingdom. After the ordeal, he was given the Military Medal and wrote a book about the experience.

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