Bravo Two Zero Memorial (22 SAS Regiment) 1st Gulf War

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Reference WMO266171

Address:

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewas

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Gulf Conflict (1990-1991)
About the memorial: A tree seat with a blue metal plaque fixed to a stake alongside with a commemorative inscription, decorated at the top left- and right- hand corners with the insignia of the SAS. The memorial is within Garden Four (Sun Room and Special Air Service) of the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove
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COMMEMORATING/ THE BRAVO TWO ZERO PATROL/ BEHIND ENEMY LINES/ (Names...)/AND IN A SEPARATE COMBAT ACTION BEHIND ENEMY LINES/ (Name...)/ IN JANUARY 1991 DURING THE FIRST IRAQ WAR AN EIGHT MAN PATROL FROM 22 SAS REGIMENT WERE AIRLIFTED BY HELICOPTER BEHIND/ ENEMY LINES TO LOCATE AND DESTROY ENEMY COMMUNICATION CABLES AND SCUD MISSILE LAUNCHERS. SCUD MISSILES WERE USED/ AGAINST ISRAEL IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET THEM TO ATTACK IRAQ, POSSIBLY WITH NUCLEAR MISSILES. FROM THE OUTSET THE MISSION WAS/ COMPROMISED BY ENEMY TROOPS AND CIVILIANS IN THE LANDING ZONE./ DURING THE ENSUING GUN BATTLES THE PATROL ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE FROM THE WAR ZONE. FOUR SAS SOLDIERS WERE CAPTURED AND/ SUBSEQUENTLY TORTURED. ONE ESCAPED ON FOOT AND EVADED CAPTURE BY WALKING OVER 120 KILOMETRES TO SAFETY. HE EVENTUALLY/ CROSSED THE BORDER INTO SYRIA. THREE LOST THEIR LIVES, ONE IN COMBAT AND TWO FROM HYPOTHERMIA DURING THE ATTEMPTED ESCAPE AND EVASION./ IN FEBRUARY 1991 ANOTHER SAS SOLDIER LOST HIS LIFE IN A SEPARATE COMBAT OPERATION BEHIND ENEMY LINES. THE FOUR WHO DIED/ ARE COMMEMORATED ABOVE. THE CAPTURED SOLDIERS ALL RETURNED TO NORMAL DUTIES WHEN THE WAR OFFICIALLY ENDED IN APRIL 1991./ THREE SURVIVORS WENT ON TO WRITE SOMEWHAT CONTROVERSIAL BOOKS ABOUT THE PATROL. WHATEVER THE REAL TRUTH IS, ALL THE MEN/ FROM 22 SAS REGIMENT SERVED WITH DISTINCTION AND HELPED GIVE FREEDOM TO THE PEOPLE OF KUWAIT/ COMMEMORATED IN THE SOLDIERS OF 22 SAS MEMORIAL GARDEN/ PLAQUE DONATED BY JACKIE JOHNSON OF THE ALLIED SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION/ JANUARY 2008

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