The Regiment

15 Years in the SAS

Author: Rusty Firmin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472823249

Category: History

Page: 304

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From its early beginnings in World War II, the Special Air Service (SAS) has won renown in some of the most dramatic, dangerous and controversial military special operations of the 20th century. It is a secretive and mysterious unit, whose operations and internal structures are hidden from the public eye. Now, one of its longest-serving veterans offers a glimpse into the shadowy world of the SAS. Rusty Firmin spent an incredible 15 years with 'The Regiment' and was a key figure in the assault of the Iranian Embassy in London in May 1980. Newly revised and available in paperback, this is the unforgettable chronicle of Rusty's combat experiences – a fascinating and intimate portrayal of what it was like to be part of the world's most respected Special Operations Force.

Special Force

The Untold Story of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)

Author: Alastair MacKenzie

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848850719

Category: History

Page: 352

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The exploits of the British Army’s elite 22nd Special Air Service Regiment - the regiment of the SAS that forms part of the Regular army - are shrouded in mystery and myths abound about its members. But what is the truth behind the public façade of clinical professionalism? How has such a small regiment attracted so many weighty legends? And what is the purpose of the SAS in the 21st century? Special Force provides an original and unusually critical overview of the activities of the SAS from the Malayan Emergency of 1950 to the present day. In the context of a detailed and often controversial analysis of the post-war activities of the Regiment, MacKenzie establishes that the Regiment's almost legendary professional competence is often not backed up by reality. Far from being part of a structured deployment of strategic military assets, MacKenzie argues that the use of the SAS in recent years has been primarily driven by the "entrepreneurial" actions of a few SAS commanding officers. Special Force not only offers a revelatory history of the SAS in the modern period, it is also a disturbing exposé of the truth behind the myth. It will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the British military - past, present and future.

The SAS 1983–2014

Author: Leigh Neville

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472814053

Category: History

Page: 64

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Highly-trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world. Their missions are uniquely diverse, ranging from counter-terrorist responses at home and abroad; counter-insurgency in collaboration with US Delta Force and other foreign Special Forces; mobile operations in support of conventional forces; targeting terrorist leaders and man-hunting war criminals, to 'direct action' raids. This book charts the changing organization and operational emphases of the Regiment over the past 25 years; its individual deployments and operations, including those planned but aborted, joint missions with other British and foreign units. It sheds light on the SAS's involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the widespread use of the SAS in counter terrorism and counterinsurgency operations since 9/11.

The Pilgrim: Soldier. Hostage. Survivor.

Author: Colin Maclachlan

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008196001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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WITH FOREWORD BY ANDY MCNAB I was naked, handcuffed, and blindfolded. All around me, the voices of my captors shouted continuously in my ear – a stream of Arabic I couldn’t understand. It became an endless mantra as I struggled to work out what had gone wrong – what had happened that landed me up in this horrible situation.

Bravo Two Zero

Author: Andy McNab

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

ISBN: 0440218802

Category: Fiction

Page: 422

View: 9902


The harrowing 1991 mission of eight men from the British Special Forces is revealed by their leader, as he relates their venture behind Iraqi lines, the deaths of three of their team, and the capture and torture of another four. Reprint.

The Complete Encyclopedia of the SAS

Author: Barry Davies

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited


Category: History

Page: 288

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This text covers every aspect of the history of the SAS, including operations, equipment, specialized weaponry and famous figures associated with the regiment. The information is presented in A-Z format and boasts more than 1000 entries with 450 photographs of SAS troops in action and in training and their range of equipment, much of which was developed by the regiment solely for their own use. Battleplan sketches illustrate some of the most important SAS operations from their origins during World War II, to the Gulf War campaigns and their role as an anti-terrorist unit. Every entry is cross-referenced.

The Revolutionary War Memoirs of Major General William Heath

Author: William Heath

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476617376

Category: History

Page: 244

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First published in 1798, this Revolutionary War memoir is one of the few ever written by a senior Continental Army commander. It provides a unique glimpse into the administrative operations and inner workings of the army during the American Revolution. Major General William Heath offers rare insights on the war’s major military personalities on both the American and British sides. Of particular interest are his wartime interactions with British generals John Burgoyne and William Phillips, as well as Continental Army generals such as George Washington and Charles Lee. Heath’s memoir also gives readers a detailed look at the constant struggles faced by the army, including food, supply, personnel and funding shortages, and presents an almost daily chronicle of the tribulations and successes experienced by patriot forces during the war.

SAS: The Autobiography

Author: Jon E. Lewis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849019339

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 4945


SAS: The Autobiography is the story of the world's most famous special forces regiment by those who truly know it - the troopers and officers themselves. From the dust of the wartime desert and raids on harboured Luftwaffe aircraft to sniping al-Qaeda in the far mountains of Afghanistan, SAS: The Autobiography takes the reader on a high adrenaline history of the regiment which simultaneously lifts the shroud of mystery from the regiment's operations. Reviews for Jon E Lewis's The English Soldier: An Autobiography: 'A triumph' - Saul David, author of Victoria's Army 'Harrowing, funny and often unbelievable book.' - Daily Express '[A] compelling tommy's eye view of war from Agincourt to Iraq' - Daily Telegraph