We Were Warriors: A powerful and moving story of courage under fire
The top 10 bestseller - mixing heart-stopping action with powerful insights into the reality of war, this is one man's journey from young commando to a captain with one of the most pressurized and skilled jobs in the army.
This is NOT the stereotypical account of war, it's without doubt the best first hand account in a war zone I've ever read. Brutally honest, humble and written with a pace that could induce a heart attack. Johnny is an MP now; he's what our country needs. A warrior. -- Tom Marcus, ex MI5 Surveillance Officer, author of Soldier, Spy An adrenalin-fuelled, gritty story of heroism on the frontline in Afghanistan. Going into battle with Johnny and his highly skilled Fire Support Team will have you on the edge of your seat.' -- Andy McNab A highly-charged, vivid and moving account of frontline combat, and then an even harder fight to honour the sacrifice of so many. Utterly compelling throughout. -- Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor, the Sun One of the great British accounts of close combat . . . It is the inner conflict, as much as the closing with a shadowy enemy, that gives the book its edge . . . a remarkable book by a man remarkable in his humanity and courage. -- Robert Fox * Evening Standard * This is a gripping and honest story of one man's escape from the frying pan of an unhappy childhood into the fire of combat. From the brutal initiation of Sandhurst's Rowallan Company to the killing fields of Afghanistan - it bears testimony above all to the redemptive power of that extraordinary institution, the British Army. -- Mark Urban
Johnny Mercer served in the British army for twelve years. A captain in 29 Commando, he was deployed on three tours of Afghanistan, and weathered some of the heaviest fighting of the campaign. He left the army in December 2013 with the aim of becoming an MP, in the hope he could improve care for armed forces veterans. He was elected MP for Plymouth Moor View in May 2015 and has since led an inquiry into the treatment of troops by the Iraq Historical Allegations Team. His autobiography We Were Warriors depicts the brutal combat faced by soldiers.