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Special Forces Operator (Hardback)

Serving with the SAS and MRF

Memoirs SAS & Elite Forces Military

By Robert W Brown
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526785497
Published: 16th February 2021



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The killing part is the easy bit; the tricky part is finding the right people to kill.

Rob was a Special Forces operator with some of the world finest regiments and served in four national armies over a career that has spanned forty years and continues today. In 1965 he earned the coveted Green Beret as a member of 2 Commando Australia. He left in 1968 to Southeast Asia. Finding work of a military nature in Laos, (in the war that never was). The end of the contract found him in England where he joined the British Parachute Regiment and completed three tours in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles, taking part in Operation Demetrius. On his last tour, he was detached from his battalion and worked covert operations with a little-known group called the MRF (Military Reaction Force).

1974 saw Rob in Rhodesia as a member of the internationally acclaimed C Squadron SAS, where he was wounded on operations twice. This was a turning point in Rob’s life as he surrendered to Christ becoming a Christian. He was to carry on as an operator, but now with a biblical worldview. Rob was recruited in 1980 by the South African Defence Force and was a member of 6 Reconnaissance Commando Special Forces and later became an operative with what was commonly called ‘the funnies’ or CSI Chief of Staff Intelligence.

From 1996 to 2007 Rob was in South Sudan and Iraq, receiving a letter of commendation from the United States Army. Still active today, Rob specializes in close protection and tactical security training for civilian personnel.

An inherently absorbing read that will be especially appreciated by military history buffs and anyone who has seen war up close and personal, "Special Forces Operator: Serving with the SAS and MRF" is exceptionally well written and presented from first page to last.

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Midwest Book Review

Brown's story is a heartfelt parable of a soldier's life spanning 50 years of hidden, little-known or simply forgotten conflicts. His frankness is admirable, both in talking about the actions of war, and in dealing with his private life, his relationships, friendships and loves. The book, published by Pen & Sword, is another beautiful volume that tells the little-known story of a soldier that perhaps if we had read in a novel we would have thought that his story was "too incredible to be true".

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On The Old Barbed Wire

About Robert W Brown

Born in 1947 to a family that was considered wealthy. Through an unforeseen change of circumstances, he was at an early age thrust into the grey, post-war slums of London, the author’s family moved to Southern Rhodesia in the mid-1950s before migrating to Australia. Rob joins the Australian Special Forces at a young age, and over the next decades sees service, and combat, for several different masters first in Laos (in the war that never was), then Northern Ireland, Rhodesia, and South Africa, later he would work as a contract soldier in Iraq and South Sudan. Since 2010, he has been a security consultant and registered CPO Close Protection Operator (Bodyguard).

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