Literary Analysis of Andy McNab's Bravo Two Zero

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Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab

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Plot Summary

"Bravo Two Zero" by Andy McNab, Sergeant, SAS, tells the story of a soldier in the British Special Forces in the early 1990s. In January of 1991, Andy and seven other men were sent behind Iraqi lines to complete a top-secret mission called Bravo Two Zero. The story tells of the struggles they faced from communication failure to snowstorms and captivity.

Andy had a propensity for getting in trouble and after his first arrest when he was 16, he decided to join the Army. It was a good move for him. At first he did not like the rules and structure, but soon found out that the negatives far outweighed by the positives of other aspects of military life. He loved the adventure and excitement that came along with the job and he remained dedicated to his work even though it was the source of the demise of three marriages.

In 1991, Andy was sent on a mission to destroy landlines in the Northern Main Supply Route and to find and destroy a Scud. There were seven other men on a mission, and it was called Bravo Two Zero. He left his girlfriend, Jilly and his daughter, Kate and went off to Iraq. The team had limited information to go on since there weren't very many updated maps. They also knew that their mission was very dangerous because the terrain was so flat that there was nowhere to hide. So they did not take vehicles, but asked to be dropped off by helicopter. They had two weeks to complete their mission.

Right from the start, their mission was difficult. Their radio communications were failing, it was unusually cold, and they discovered that there were humans with dogs right in their vicinity in areas that they thought were isolated. Survival was key, especially after they were compromised, and the team began a 100-mile trek to Syria where they could find safety. Prepared for a warmer climate, the team members were freezing and battling hypothermia. They were stuck in a blizzard and had several confrontations with the enemy.

At one point, the team accidentally split up. They all knew their final destination...
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