By Will Fowler
In September 2000, 11 British squaddies have been captured via a infamous military gang in Sierra Leone. initially deployed to meet peace-keeping tasks in a rustic ravaged by means of civil battle, the warriors have been abducted via the so-called 'West facet Boys' who had already subjected the sector to a reign of terror, homicide and mutilation. while negotiations stalled, the British govt determined to release Operation Barras as a joint rescue operation by way of D Squadron 22 SAS and an organization 1 Para. four-man SAS reconnaissance patrols have been inserted by way of boat into the villages the place they supplied key information regarding the positioning of the hostages and the workouts, if any, of the often stoned and intensely risky West facet Boys. Then, earlier than sunrise on Sunday, September 20 2004, 3 Chinooks supported through military Lynx helicopters lifted the Paras and SAS into the 2 villages that straddled Rokel Creek. The Lynx helicopter attacked a heavy machinegun within the southern village of Magbeni because the SAS hearth groups and a hostage rescue workforce speedy roped down from the 2 Chinooks. The hostages have been speedy positioned and evacuated to safeguard. The SAS continued a sustained firefight with the West aspect Boys, killing a few and taking pictures their chief, "Brigadier" Foday Kallay, a 24-year-old former sergeant within the Sierra Leone military. To the south of the village, the Paras fought in the course of the village of Magbeni using off the remainder gang participants and improving the Royal Irish Land Rovers that were deserted by means of the abducted infantrymen. The operation was once over via overdue morning and the Paras accomplished the challenge by way of destroying any cars, ammunition or gear that have been deserted by means of the crowd. within the phrases of 1 SAS veteran, "This used to be no longer a medical, black balaclava, Princess Gate-type operation: it was once a really grubby, eco-friendly operation with plenty of power for issues to head wrong." For the 1st time, this bold raid is delivered to lifestyles with in particular commissioned paintings, specific maps and overhead photographs to recreate one of many maximum hostage-rescue luck tales in fresh heritage.
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