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No Escape Zone (2000)

by Nick Richardson

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This is without a doubt the best memoir I've read regarding the 1992-1995 Bosnian War.

Written by Nick Richardson, a Sea Harrier FRS1, it covers the lead up to 801 Squadron's NATO deployment on Ark Royal to the Bosnian theatre and his subsequent ejection & escape from Bosnia after being hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by the Army of Republika Srpska (Bosnian Serb Army, of the then Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The writing is straight forward yet gripping, first starting with details of Squadron life, some technical background on the Sea Harrier FRS1 (which is presenting in an informative, yet interesting manner) and a general backgrounding of events leading up to his deployment on the Ark Royal light aircraft carrier.

Well worth the read if you're interested in any or all of the following: the Bosnian War, the Sea Harrier FRS1, escape memoirs, first hand military accounts, general military history. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Apr 18, 2014 |
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The yellowcoat's hand changed from a balled fist into the signal that gave me my instruction to roll: fingers and thumb of the right hand splayed wide, the gesture held there in freeze-frame for a good long moment.
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On 16th April 1994, Nick Richardson was shot down over the beseiged Bosnian Muslim town of Gorazde, his plane hit by a surface-to-air missile. NO ESCAPE ZONE is the story of Richardson's journey to the Bosnian theatre of war and his descent into the hell of the war-torn Balkans. It recounts in graphic detail the rigorous training as his aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal steamed full tilt to the Adriatic, his missions over Bosnia and the dramatic shootdown itself. But that was merely the beginning. Picked up by Muslim forces, he rapidly learnt that nothing was what it seemed in the former Yugoslavia. When the Serbs stormed Gorazde, Richardson - now teamed with a crack SAS unit - found the Muslims turning against them. A dangerous escape became their only option, because capture meant almost certain death. An action-packed narrative in the bestselling tradition of Sabre Squadron and TORNADO DOWN, Nick Richardson's first-hand account of his breakout from the besieged town is one of the most gripping, untold escape stories of the modern era.
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