Andy McNab's Tour of Duty

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A serving soldier in the British Army for 17 years, nine of which were spent in the SAS, he’s seen action in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland. Now he uses his legendary experience and expertise to bring ITV4 viewers the truth about life in a war zone. Using incredible footage shot by soldiers and the Ministry of Defence, dramatic reconstructions and brutally honest interviews with serving squaddies, Andy brings the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to life and takes an in-depth look at the deadly threats British troops in Basra and Helmand face on a daily basis. The six-part series looks at how to survive sniper fire, ambushes and sieges, combating guerrilla warfare and what to do if you’re injured and under fire. From weapons and tactics to medical treatment and the chain of command, the series brings viewers extraordinary insights into what life is like for our boys on the front line.

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Mission: Commentary Recording

Soho, London 2008. Tour of Duty Production Team. Mission: Commentary Recording. Andy McNab arrives in Central London to put the finishing touches to the series...

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Andy McNab's Basic Training: .50 Browning Machine Gun

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Andy McNab's Untold Stores: Ambush

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Andy McNab's Untold Stores: Hidden Enemy

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Episode 1 - Under Siege

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab fronts this hard-hitting series, uncovering the real truth and stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. This episode tells the story of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment who spent four months under constant barrage of mortars, machine guns and small arms in Al Amarah, south of Baghdad. The soldiers themselves tell how they lived under the strain. Plus the US marine sniper who came under siege not only from the enemy forces but also from his fellow marines while perched on top of an oil tank in Iraq

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Episode 2 - Face to Face

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab uncovers the real stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the streets of Iraq, battles are raging where soldiers have to fight the enemy at very close range, sometimes only a few metres. Soldiers from 1 Royal Horse Artillery tell how nine men, heavily outnumbered, were left trapped inside a house shooting insurgents who were beating at the doors. Plus the story of David Bellavia, an American infantryman who killed insurgents with his bare hands in Fallujah.

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Episode 3 - Ambush

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab fronts this hard-hitting series, uncovering the real truth and stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this episode, what it's like to come under surprise attack, and how troops combat such tactics. The men of 3 Para tell how they had to fight their way out of a massive Taliban ambush. And in Iraq, a medal-winning United States Marine tells how he ran straight into insurgent machine gun fire to save his men.

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Episode 4 - Man Down

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab uncovers the real stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a fact of war that soldiers get injured and killed, but their comrades display amazing courage and take immense risks to save lives on the field. Men like Lieutenant Simon Cupples of the Mercian Regiment, who put himself at risk no fewer than five times to save his injured mates. Plus the US Marines who faced incoming fire on the rooftop in Fallujah trying to save their dying friend.

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Episode 5 - Hidden Enemy

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab uncovers the real stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Home made bombs - called improvised explosive devices or IEDs by the military - are a constant threat, liable to maim anybody unfortunate enough to come across them. Pete Norton tells how, knowing full well the risks he was taking, took the long walk to an IED in Baghdad which then exploded injuring him badly. Plus amazing footage of a US marine being blown up by an IED.

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Episode 6 - Courage Under Fire

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab uncovers the real stories behind British and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Engineers are the unsung heroes of the battlefield, often finding themselves fighting in tractors rather than tanks, and having to blow-up their way through what others go round. Engineer Donald Campbell tells how he drove his digger into the middle of a raging fire-fight, allowing troops to move on and out thanks to the bridge he had constructed.