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Tornado Down Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, November 5, 2002
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I was struck also by how dumb the Iraqis would be. All of the POWs were American or British with the exception of two Italian flyers and a Kuwaiti air force officer, Muhammed Mubarek. "Tornado Down" confirmed something I'd always felt from back then, that the Iraqis probably had it especially in for the Kuwaiti and sure enough, he got some extra beatings. But he was also the only POW in the group who could speak Arabic and so when he had the chance, he would inform the others about what the Iraqis were saying or what was being broadcast over Iraqi radio. Nichol said that Mubarak was a godsend to the other POWs because of his language ability. The Iraqis should've realized that and never let Mubarek be anywhere near the other POWs. Only proof that they're real interest was in meting out cruelty, not trying to glean any real intelligence from the POWs. "Tornado Down" is well worth reading.
A must read.
The book is written in an easy language with a fast pace, giving some interesting insights well beyond the main subject, which is of course their time as POWs. While no literary masterpiece, it succeeds in catching the reader's attention from the beginning, and there is no real getaway from confronting the sad history about their brutal treatment by the Iraqi forces. Each of the crew members gives an alternate view in each chapter, thus presenting an interesting comparison between their perceptions and experiences.
Overall, this is an interesting addition to any aviation enthusiast's library, particularly considering the special circumstances these two aviators had to endure and the rather little available literature about the RAF's participation in the First Gulf War - recommended.