Bomb Hunters: Life and Death Stories with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit in Afghanistan

Bomb Hunters: Life and Death Stories with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit in Afghanistan

Sean Rayment


The Sunday instances Bestseller 'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq -- sizzling, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face demise on a daily basis within the most deadly quarter in the world -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive machine -- the IED -- the lethal home made bombs planted by way of the Taliban. demanding to observe and straightforward to set off, an predicted 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the sector. IEDs at the moment are the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the final word mental weapon. Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long walk' into the kill area, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. long ago 12 months the casualty expense has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal video game of cat and mouse -- to find and deactivate the lethal bombs sooner than they maim and kill infantrymen, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and unavoidably natural success play a big half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already visible -- a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to rapid demise. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and dirt of Helmand Province as he meets those brave squaddies whereas they placed their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a wide ranging photograph of what existence is like for the boys who play poker with their very own lives on a daily basis, who stay understanding the enemy watches their each flow, looking forward to a weak point to teach itself, a development in strategy to be exploited, or an errors to be made that triggers the gadget itself. this can be as bright and dramatic as conflict reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been for this reason killed in motion. No punches can be pulled on what those males suppose in regards to the warfare, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they take care of the relentless strain of the activity itself within the middle of the world's such a lot antagonistic strive against environment.

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