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Orion Military History HB / TPB September £18.99 / £14.99 288pp 8pp colour illustrations 978 1 4091 4848 7 / 978 1 4091 4849 4 eBook: £18.99 / 978 1 4091 4851 7

Murderous drug gangs. African rebels. Savage warlords. This is the explosive true story of the secret unit that fought them all . . . and won.


The untold story of the Pathfinders, one of the most secretive units in the British military. For three decades one of the most secretive units in the British military has been a mystery force known variously as the Shadow Wing, the Black Unit or X Platoon. Officially there was no X Platoon. The forty men in its elite number were specially selected from across the Armed Forces, at which point they simply ceased to exist. X Platoon had no budget, no weaponry, no vehicles and no kit – apart from what its men could beg, borrow or steal from other military units. For the first time ever a highly decorated veteran of this shadow force – otherwise known as the Pathfinders – reveals its unique history. From top-secret anti-narcotics operations in the Central American jungles, to hunting war criminals in the blood-drenched hills of the Balkans, Steve Heaney was at the cutting edge of X Platoon operations. The first non-officer in the unit’s history to be awarded the Military Cross, he reveals the extraordinary work undertaken by this secret band of brothers. Steve Heaney served with X Platoon for over a decade. He is the author of Operation Mayhem, an account of the anti-rebel tasking in Sierra Leone for which he was awarded the Military Cross. Damien Lewis is the bestselling author of Operation Certain Death and Zero Six Bravo. He previously worked as a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East.



Location: UAE (Steve Heaney); County Cork, Ireland (Damien Lewis) Available for interview

Orion Non-fiction • September 2015