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'SCALEY'
A True Account of a Signalman
in the British Army
By Pete Molloy


ISBN: 978-1-900467-38-4


Size: 145mm x 210mm portrait (approx)
240 pages plus cover,
62 black and white illustrations,
colour cover


Price £12.95
Please add the following postage:
£1.00 UK
£1.50 Europe
£2.75 rest of the world

 


Available by post from the author:
email: molloy418@googlemail.com

The name 'Scaley' (apparently derived from the term 'Scaleyback') is a nickname frequently used by members of the British armed forces to refer to members of the Royal Corps of Signals and this is the graphic story of one such 'Scaley' and his involvement in the first Gulf War.

In the early hours of 24 February 1991, Allied troops - under UN Resolution 678 - crossed the Saudi Arabia/Iraq border to commence the final stage of Operation 'Desert Storm', the battle to end Saddam Hussein's illegal occupation of Kuwait.

By the time an earlier UN deadline expired on 15 January, Allied forces numbering 550,000 men and women were under arms. 350,000 of these troops were American and 200,000 belonged to various Arab and Western Allied forces. These included 25,000 British troops under 'Operation Granby' the British Army's encoded name for 'Desert Storm', the long-planned operation to liberate Kuwait.

A vital requirement for a war such as 'Desert Storm', which was to take place in a very hostile environment, was adequate radio communication, especially so because of the international mix of military units and the need to avoid 'blue-on-blue' incidents (friendly fire).

Amongst the British troops, was Liverpudlian Pete Molloy, who had first enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals as a Junior Soldier in 1987. After a period in 'Civvy Street', he re-enlisted in 1990, once again in the Royal Corps of Signals. In November 1990, Pete was informed that he would be taking part in 'Operation Granby' and preparations began for embarkation.

This is a 'warts and all' story of one man's war, during the period before, during and after the First Gulf War. Told in soldier's language, this book describes the emotional roller-coaster - both personally and militarily - that our troops were faced with during the bitter conflict that lay ahead of them.


Pete Molloy in the desert just before
the land invasion of Iraq.

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