3 Para by Patrick Bishop

3 Para

By Patrick Bishop

  • Release Date: 2008-06-02
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
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Afghanistan, Summer 2006. This is war.

Afghanistan in the summer of 2006. In blazing heat in remote outposts the 3 Para battlegroup is pitted against a stubborn enemy who keep on coming. Until now, the full story of what happened there has not been told. This is it.

In April 2006, the elite 3 Para battlegroup was despatched to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. They were tasked with providing security to reconstruction efforts, a deployment it was hoped would pass off without a shot being fired. In fact, over the six months they were there, the 3 Para battle group saw near continuous combat – one gruelling battle after another – in what would become one of the most extraordinary campaigns ever fought by British troops.

Around parched, dusty outposts reliant on a limited number of helicopters for food and ammunition resupply, troops were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks, as well as energy-sapping 50 degree heat and spartan conditions. At the end of the tour, the Taliban offensive aimed at driving the British and Afghan Government troops out of Helmand had been tactically defeated. But 3 Para paid a high price: fourteen soldiers and one interpreter were killed, and 46 wounded.

‘3 Para’ will tell the stories of the men and women who took part in this extraordinary and largely unreported saga. Best-selling author Patrick Bishop has been given exclusive access to the soldiers whose tales of courage and endurance provide an unforgettable portrait of one of the world's finest and most fascinating fighting regiments, and a remarkable band of warriors. Their bravery was reflected in the array of gallantry medals that were bestowed on their return, including the Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal Bryan Budd and the George Cross won by Corporal Mark Wright, both of whom were killed winning their awards.

3 Para’s saga of comradeship, courage and fortitude is set to become a classic.

About the author

Patrick Bishop worked a senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of ‘The Irish Empire’; the acclaimed book ‘The Provisional IRA’ with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling ‘Fighter Boys’ ; and most recently ‘Bomber Boys’. He lives in London.


  • Living up to their name

    By Outlawcatcher
    This was one of these 'read in one sitting' books. It tells the story of what in my opinion was an ill advised expeditionary foray to Afghanistan. Politics aside this book portrays the fearsome battles that 3 para were involved in during their deployment mission in 2006. Engaged in a continuous onslaught with the Taliban during their six month secondment, this book takes you on tour with three para as they are involved in those continual battles. A great read about great soldiers and their sacrifices.
  • Inspirational

    By Tubby2130
    Never actually being in the armed forces myself due to medical reasons this gives me insight in to what I consider to be my dream job. I have learnt alot by reading both this and the follow on as to what exactly it takes to be a soldier both mentally and physically. Definatly worth a read. The book combines the politics of the afghan campaign but also the action in a way i've not been able to find in any other book! BUY!!!
  • V good

    By Sniffle piffler
    Great insight into what our lads are facing on the ground over there and the unavoidable politics that make the job that much harder. Great read
  • 3 para

    By Leewey
    Easily one of the best war books I have ever read. Fast paced, accurate (I know) and disturbing at times makes it a excellent read.