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The One That Got Away

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The One That Got Away
Personal life
Ryan is married with a daughter. His brother is a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Parachute Regiment Following his consumption of radioactive water during his famed Bravo Two Zero escape, Ryan was warned not to have any children in the future. Following Bravo Two Zero Ryan suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Post-SAS work
Since leaving the SAS, Ryan has written several books. The One That Got Away, his fictionalised account of the Bravo Two Zero mission, is well known, as are fictional best-sellers like Strike Back (2007), which was adapted into the TV show, and Firefight (September 2008). He also writes fictional books for teenage readers, including the Alpha Force Series and "Code Red", and has written a romantic novel, The Fisherman's Daughter, under the pseudonym Molly Jackson. In 2005, Ryan presented a Sky One show called How Not to Die, detailing how not to die in various life-threatening situations, including violent burglary, mugging, and violent attacks. He acted as the military advisor on the video game I.G.I.-2: Covert Strike, helping to make the game more accurate to real-life military operations, tactics, weapons and equipment. Ryan both co-created, and starred in the TV show Ultimate Force, was a military, technical advisor and played the role of Blue Troop leader Johnny Bell in series 1. He trained and managed a six-man team to represent Team GB at Sure for Men's Extreme Pamplona Chase in Spain, and starred in Hunting Chris Ryan with the BBC which later aired on the Military Channel as 'Special Forces Manhunt'. Ryan produced several programmes titled Terror Alert: Could You Survive, in each programme he demonstrated how to survive disasters including, flooding, nuclear terrorist attack, mass blackouts, and plane hi-jacking. Ryan also presented a series on Bravo called Armed and Dangerous. Ryan starred in "Elite World Cops" aired on Bravo in 2008-2009. In the show, Ryan spends time with various law enforcement agencies around the world, giving him an insight to the war on terrorism and drug trade but from a law enforcement perspective. Ryan appeared in the Derren Brown series, Mind Control, where he booby-trapped a course for Brown to follow whilst blindfolded.
Chris Ryan
1961 (age 53–54)
Rowlands Gill, England

United Kingdom

Flag of the British Army.svg British Army

Years of service


Special Air Service

The Troubles, Gulf War, Sierra Leone, Zaire

Military Medal, General Service Medal, Gulf Medal

Other work
Author, Security Consultant

SAS= Special Air Service.
Sergeant ‘Chris Ryan’ MM (born 1961, Rowlands Gill) is the pseudonym of a former British Special Forces operative and soldier turned novelist Colin Armstrong. Ryan came to public prominence for being the only member of the eight-man SAS mission Bravo Two Zero to escape, during the First Gulf War, 1991. He has subsequently written many books covering both fiction and non-fiction. Chris Ryan also publishes a very successful Extreme series which was first serialized in e-book form. This includes Hard Target, Night Strike and Most Wanted, which will be published in December. His other books include The One That Got Away, One Good Turn, The Kill Zone, Killing for the Company and Osama.
Bravo Two Zero
Ryan was a team member of the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero patrol in Iraq during the First Gulf War. The patrol was sent to "gather intelligence... find a good LUP (lying up position) and set up an OP" on the main supply route (MSR) between Baghdad and North-Western Iraq, and eventually take out the Scud Missile Launchers. However, they were compromised and forced to head towards Syria on foot. Ryan made SAS history with the "longest escape and evasion by an SAS trooper or any other soldier", covering 100 miles (160 km) more than SAS trooper Jack Sillito had in the Sahara Desert in 1942. Ryan completed a 300 kilometres (190 mi) tab from an observation point on the Iraq Main Supply Route (MSR) between Baghdad and North-Western Iraq to the Syrian Border. During his escape, Ryan suffered injuries from drinking water contaminated with nuclear waste. Besides suffering severe muscle atrophy, he lost a potentially fatal 16.32 kg (36.0 lb) and did not return to operational duties. Instead, he selected and trained potential recruits, finally being honourably discharged from the SAS in 1994.

Ryan was also a member of an SAS team sent to protect the British Embassy in Zaire. The SAS were to ensure that all British diplomatic staff were safely evacuated from the country before the First Congo War. The operation was meant to last only three days, but eventually took one month.
Ryan was born in Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, North East England. After attending Hookergate secondary school, he enrolled in the Army as a boy soldier at 16. His cousin was in the 23rd SAS Reserves and invited Ryan to come up and "see what it's like to be in the army". Ryan did this nearly every weekend, almost passing selection several times, but he was too young to continue and do 'test week'. When he was old enough, he passed selection into the 23rd SAS. Shortly after that he began selection for the Regular 22 Regiment and joined 'B' squadron as a medic. Needing a parent regiment, Ryan and a soldier who had joined the SAS from the Royal Navy, spent eight weeks with the Parachute Regiment before returning to 'B' Squadron. He spent the next seven years carrying out both covert and overt operations with the SAS around the world.Ryan's assignment included training Khmer Rouge troops in 1981 to attack Vietnamese forces that had pushed them out of Cambodia. Journalist John Pilger wrote in October 2009, "Incredibly, the Thatcher government had continued to support the defunct Pol Pot regime in the United Nations and even sent the SAS to train his exiled troops in camps in Thailand and Malaysia. In March 2009 Ryan admitted: "John Pilger, the foreign correspondent, discovered we were training the Khmer Rouge in the Far East. We were sent home and I had to return the £10,000 we'd been given to pay for food and accommodation.

The Kill Zone (2010)
Medal of Honor (2011)
Killing for the Company (2011)
The One that got away (2011)
Osama (2012)
Masters of War (2013)
Code Red:
Flash Flood (2006)
Wildfire (2007)
Outbreak (2007)
Vortex (2008)
Twister (2008)
Battleground (2009)
Alpha Force:
Alpha Force 1: Survival (2002)
Alpha Force 2: Rat-catcher (2002)
Alpha Force 3: Desert Pursuit (2003)
Alpha Force 4: Hostage (2003)
Alpha Force 5: Red Centre (2004)
Alpha Force 6: Hunted (2004)
Alpha Force 7: Blood Money (2005)
Alpha Force 8: Fault Line (2005)
Alpha Force 9: Black Gold (2005)
Alpha Force 10: Untouchable (2005)
Quick Reads:
One Good Turn (2008)
Agent 21
Agent 21 (2011)
Agent 21: Reloaded (2012)
Agent 21: Codebreaker (2013)
Agent 21: Deadfall (2014)
Agent 21: Under Cover (2015)
1981: Ryan's assignment included training Khmer Rouge troops in 1981 to attack Vietnamese forces that had pushed them out of Cambodia.
1994: Instead, he selected and trained potential recruits, finally being honorably discharged from the SAS in 1994.
1995: The One That Got Away written by Chris Ryan was first published on July 01, 1995.
2005: In 2005, Ryan presented a Sky One show called How Not to Die, detailing how not to die in various life-threatening situations, including violent burglary, mugging, and violent attacks.
2006: Flash Flood written by Chris Ryan was first published in 2006.
2008: Ryan starred in "Elite World Cops" aired on Bravo in 2008-2009.
During the Gulf War in 1991, Chris Ryan became separated from the other members of the SAS patrol , Bravo Two Zero. Also, be beat off an Iraqi attack and set out for Syria. Over the next seven days he walked almost 200 miles, his life constantly in danger. Of the eight SAS member involved in this famous mission only one escaped capture. This is his story...
The SAS mission conducted behind Iraqi lines is one of the most famous stories of courage and survival in modern warfare.
Late on the evening of 24 January 1991 the patrol was compromised deep behind enemy lines in Iraq. A fierce fire-fighter left the eight men miraculousy unscathed, but they were forced to run for their lives. Their aim was to reach the Syria boarder, 120 kilometres to the north-west, but during the first night the patrol accidentally broke into two groups, five and three. Chris Ryan found himself left with two other companions. Nothing had prepared them for the vicious clod of the desert winter, and they began to suffer from hypothermia. During the night one of the men was to disappear in a blinding blizzard. The next day a goat-herd came across the two survivors. Chris Ryan's remaining partner, went with him in search for food and was never to return. Left on his own Ryan beat off the Iraqui attack and set out alone. His greatest adventure was only just beginning. This is the story of courage under fire, of hairbreadth escapes, of the best trained soldiers in the world fighter against adverse conditions, and of one man's courageous refusal to lie down and die.
By Avani, Zainab, Riya and Parul
"It was a tough decision. My last friend had disappeared...
I checked my compass and started walking north. Alone."

write down what you think this quote indicates.
Key points
Joined the SAS in 1984, serving in the military hot zone across the world
Expert in covert and overt operation in war zones, including Northern Ireland, Africa, the Middle East and classified territories.
Commander of the sniper squad within the anti-terrorist team.
The mission was compromised. 3 fellow soldiers died, and 4 more were captured.
Chris Ryan was the only person to defy the enemy, evading capture and escaping to Syria on foot over a distance of 300 kilo metres
His ordeal mad history as the longest escape and evasion by an SAS trooper, for which he was awarded the Military Medal.
The One That Got Away (1995)
Chris Ryan's SAS Fitness Book (1999)
Chris Ryan's Ultimate Survival Guide (2003)
Chris Ryan fight to win (2009)
Geordie Sharp (character)
Stand By, Stand By (1996)
Zero Option (1997)
The Kremlin Device (1998)
Tenth Man Down (1999)
Matt Browning (character):
Greed (2003)
The Increment (2004)
Chris Ryan Extreme:
Hard Target
Night Strike
Most Wanted
Silent Kill
The Hit List (2000)
The Watchman (2001)
Land Of Fire (2002)
Blackout (2005)
Ultimate Weapon (2006)
Strike Back (2007)
Firefight (2008)
Who Dares Wins (2009)
Gulf war facts
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighboring Kuwait in early August 1990. Alarmed by these actions, fellow Arab powers such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt called on the United States and other Western nations to intervene. Hussein defied United Nations Security Council demands to withdraw from Kuwait by mid-January 1991, and the Persian Gulf War began with a massive U.S.-led air offensive known as Operation Desert Storm. After 42 days of relentless attacks by the allied coalition in the air and on the ground, U.S. President George H.W. Bush declared a cease-fire on February 28; by that time, most Iraqi forces in Kuwait had either surrendered or fled. Though the Persian Gulf War was initially considered an unqualified success for the international coalition, simmering conflict in the troubled region led to a second Gulf War–known as the Iraq War–that began in 2003.

The Allied coalition was made up of 39 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The coalition consisted of 670,000 troops from 28 countries. About 425,000 of the troops were from the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated the cost of the Gulf War at $61 billion.

More than 100,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed.


August 2, 1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait. Reportedly, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein decided to invade the small, oil-rich nation in order to pay off debts incurred during Iraq's eight year war with Iran.

August 2, 1990 - The U.N. passes a resolution denouncing Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

August 6, 1990 - The U.N. imposes sanctions on Iraq.

August 7, 1990 - U.S. President George H. W. Bush order the start of Operation Desert Shield.

August 8, 1990 - Iraq formally annexes Kuwait.

August 25, 1990 - The U.N. passes a resolution to allow enforcement of the embargo by military means.

November 29, 1990 - The U.N. authorizes use of force after January 15, 1991.

January 16-17, 1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins.

February 24, 1991 - The allied ground assault begins.

February 27, 1991 - Baghdad radio announces that Iraq will comply with United Nations resolutions.

February 27, 1991 - Kuwait is liberated.

February 28, 1991 - Coalition attacks against Iraq end.

March 14, 1991 - Kuwait's Emir returns home.

April 6, 1991 - Iraq accepts the terms of a cease-fire agreement.

April 11, 1991 - The U.N. declares an end to the war.
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