Ask Forgiveness Not Permission: The True Story of a Discreet, Post 9/11 Operation in the 'Badlands' of Pakistan (Paperback)

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The true account of a lone British Special Forces advisor working for the U.S. in Pakistan

On retirement from an unusual military career Howard Leedham settled in the U.S. with his American wife and successfully flew executive jets—until he...

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Howard Leedham was the first British officer to command a U.S. Marine Corps squadron on active service.

The true account of a lone British Special Forces advisor working for the U.S. in Pakistan

On retirement from an unusual military career Howard Leedham settled in the U.S. with his American wife and successfully flew executive jets—until he was recruited in 2003 by the State Department's airwing. Despite being British, he had the unusual skills they required, and his specific brief was to activate a fleet of antiterrorist helicopters which had been given to the Pakistan armed forces, but never properly used. This was easier said than done—he had to win over opposition from inside the State Department and in particular from their Islamabad Embassy, and also dispel the suspicions of the Pakistani Armed Forces. The helicopters were released and brought up to the high standard of mechanical and operational maintenance required. He had to get past the closed door of the appropriate Pakistani general—which he did by offering to stand outside the general's bathroom and outline his plans. He was given command of a team of Pathan soldiers to train in Special Forces tactics and helicopter skills—they became an amazingly loyal team and the book describes in detail several very successful discreet operations. Howard had to do all this while under great personal threat, unable to tell who friend and who was foe, even among his own troops. This book recounts in fascinating detail the successes and failures of an unusual military operation in one of the most inhospitable and turbulent environments in the world.

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ISBN 9781903071670
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
Format Paperback
Pages 339
Publisher Date 2013-05-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Bene Factum Pub Ltd
Copyright Year 2012
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.94 lb
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Language English
Subtitle The True Story of a Discreet, Post 9/11 Operation in the 'Badlands' of Pakistan
Audience General/trade
Authors Leedham, Howard

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