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Then the people who survive – who’ve had a little bit chopped off – actually have to live in this world that is living the lie.

One day a year – on Remembrance Sunday – we all love them, but then the next day, we don’t really give a s***.’Haven’t attitudes to soldiers changed dramatically thanks to charities like Help For Heroes? But I think the way that it’s been done, unfortunately, is by turning them into victims.’That’s quite a confession, what is he saying?

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The military has changed a lot for the better since then.’” Mc Nab was a working class south Londoner who hated school, got in trouble and was sent to borstal before an Army recruiting officer offered him a way out. We were marched into the Army education centre and the guy in there changed my life.

He said: “You’re not thick, you’re just uneducated.” He gave us a Janet and John book, for primary school kids.’Mc Nab now goes into schools, prisons and workplaces with a charity called The Reading Agency, helping adults. Mc Nab says he learned how to write tight, fast-moving plots by spending seven months on set as an advisor to director Michael Mann during the making of Heat.‘“We had plain-clothes escorts with us all the time including a woman with an MP5 [sub-machine gun] in her bag. This policeman came round and said, “‘So far, so good. ”’ He was banging on the door of the car going, “‘It’s armoured, don’t you get it? Now a mood change in politics has led to new investigations into what the Army did during the Troubles, with the threat that veterans like him could be prosecuted –- while many of the paramilitary men they fought have served very short sentences or been officially told they are no longer wanted. He blames the Army for his having been married five times, the first when he was just 19.”’ This is where it gets real.’”Mc Nab first killed in Northern Ireland, when he was a teenage squaddie with an IRA man in his sights. Mc Nab is angry.‘“The terms of reference have been changed and all of a sudden everything that took place on the government side is now being reassessed. You want a military force when the s**** hits the fan, but then when everything’s OK okay you basically f**** us over. So I don’t mind being in front of a jury, because nine out of ten times people are quite sensible.’”He let his true feelings show on Twitter earlier this year when others were praising the late IRA commander turned deputy first minister Martin Mc Guinness. The IRA killed more UK citizens, including children, than all Islamist groups together.’”He’s no fan of Jeremy Corbyn either, is he? ‘“When I was in the infantry there was no support system for girlfriends, it was marriage or nothing.Bravo Two Zero was published in 1993 and is still the best-selling military history book of all time.And with the help of his wife – who was in publishing when they married 17 years ago – Mc Nab moved on from memoirs to fiction and has had phenomenal success on both sides of the Atlantic, shifting tens of millions of copies and achieving eight Amazon number ones.All this secrecy is good for the image but I wonder, isn’t it just a little over the top?