I didn't see a weapon in the other guy's hand. I didn't want to kill him. For a split second I hesitated. It was snowing. I was soaking and a million miles from home. I was looking at him, he was looking at me. Then, from the back of the trench, came a burst of automatic fire that cut past my head, and I pressed the trigger.
Even by SAS standards Mike Curtis has had a remarkable career. Born and bred in the Welsh valleys, he followed his schoolmates into the coal mines at the age of fifteen. In 1979 he applied to join the Parachute Regiment. Enlisted in 2 Para battalion, he served in Northern Ireland and then went out to the island of South Georgia when the garrison of Royal Marines there was taken captive by Argentinian special forces. He joined the SAS in 1983.
In Close Quarter Battle Curtis describes his gruelling experiences in the Falklands before focusing on two of his major SAS operations: first in Iraq, where he spent forty-two days Scud-busting hundreds of miles behind enemy lines; then in Bosnia, where he worked closely with all factions and later led a close protection team guarding visiting heads of state.
From the Hardcover edition.