I used to read a lot of military stories and Bravo Two Zero was one of my favorites.
Based on a true story, this story places you among eight members of the elite SAS regiment who infiltrated into Iraq in 1991 to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Within days of arriving, their location was compromised and after their first major encounter with enemy forces, they had to flee toward the Syrian border to survive. Things only get worse from here: hypothermia and other injuries, capture, torture, and death. Only the author made it out alive, and this is his story.
This is one of those books that just grabs you by the gut. It’s a roller-coaster fride from beginning to end and is an example of how just how freaking tough some people are. Definitely puts our petty problems into perspective.