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Saving Private Sarbi : The True Story of Australia's Canine War Hero - Sandra Lee

Saving Private Sarbi

The True Story of Australia's Canine War Hero


Published: 30th July 2013
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Lost for 13 months in the wilds of Afghanistan, this is the dramatic, heart-warming and truly amazing story of Sarbi, the Army's most famous explosives detection dog - the miracle dog of Tarin Kot.

Powerful, dramatic, heartwarming, this is the true story of Sarbi, the scruffy black Labrador-cross trained by the Australian Army as an explosives detection dog for the most dangerous combat mission imaginable.

Thirteen months after Australia's most famous canine warrior went missing in action following an historic battle between the elite SAS and the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008, she was found by an American Special Forces officer patrolling a village in a region known to be a Taliban stronghold. Against all odds, Sarbi had survived her injuries, the enemy's weapons, a bitter winter, one brutal summer and the harsh unforgiving landscape on her own. She was the miracle dog of Tarin Kot.

Sarbi's story, and those of the other brave Australian Army dogs in Afghanistan, will resonate with anyone who has known the unconditional love of man's best friend, and understands the rewards of unbidden loyalty, trust and devotion. It will appeal to all those who appreciate the selflessness of serving your country and the inherent dangers of putting your life on the line for others in a war zone. And it will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced the magical connection with a dog.

About the Author

Sandra Lee is a journalist and author of three works of non-fiction, including the best-selling 18 Hours: The true story of an SAS war hero


A must read true story.


A very informative true account of the unsung heroes of war - The bomb detection dogs - and the relationship with thier handlers. Well written and a very vivid account of modern warfare and the important and life saving roles that these dogs play.

Riverland of South Australia


different but superb reading


Chronologically it could have been better written. It is the type of book which you have to read in say 4 sessions otherwise difficult reading



Saving Private Sarbi

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ISBN: 9781743315538
ISBN-10: 1743315538
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1