Andy McNab came to public prominence in 1993 when he wrote an account about the failed SAS mission Bravo Two Zero during the Gulf War. He has subsequently authored an autobiography and a number of works of fiction, including a specially commissioned story for the “Quick Reads Project”, and best selling children’s’ titles.
After being abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab was adopted and was brought up in the Peckham area of South London. A life of minor crime followed until he joined the infantry with the Royal Green Jackets in 1976 progressing to the SAS.
The SAS, one of the world’s toughest and most respected elite special-forces commando units. Involved in covert and overt operations on five continents, Andy McNab worked alongside Delta Force, the FBI, and the DEA.
In nine years spent with B Squadron 22 SAS, Andy McNab participated in operations in Northern Ireland, Africa, South America, and many other places we’ll likely never be allowed to hear about.
In January of 1991, Andy McNab led the now-famous Bravo Two Zero patrol behind enemy lines with the task of destroying underground communication links in Iraq and mobile Scud launchers in. This extremely dangerous mission led to three of the eight members of his patrol loosing their lives. McNab himself was taken prisoner and brutally interrogated by Iraqi agents. By the time he was released he was suffering from nerve damage to both hands, a dislocated shoulder, kidney and liver damage and had contracted hepatitis. After six months of medical treatment he was back on active service.
Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, Andy McNab was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993.
In addition to writing, Andy McNab serves as a consultant for film productions, television, and news media.
He is much in demand on the speaking circuit for his leadership and motivational skills.