The Regiment

15 Years in the SAS

Author: Rusty Firmin,Jack Hughes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472817370

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.

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.

Looking for Trouble

An Autobiography : from the SAS to the Gulf

Author: Sir Peter De la Billière

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Generals

Page: 449

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Storm Command was the account of the last command held by Britain's most decorated officer. Now, in Sir Peter de la Billiere's story leading up to the Gulf War, we have a portrait of life in the SAS and a soldier's view of almost every British Army action since World War II.

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.

Go! Go! Go!

Author: Will Pearson,Rusty Firmin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780753828540

Category: History

Page: 228

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The first comprehensive account of the storming of the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980. GO! GO! GO! tells the action-packed story of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege. It is a comprehensive, detailed and gripping account of an unforgettable six-day drama that shook Britain -- and the wider world -- to the core. Drawing on original and unseen source material from ex-SAS soldier Rusty Firmin, the police and the British Government, GO! GO! GO! takes us to the heart of the whole operation. The assault planning and training, strategy and tactics are described in detail, and the personal stories of the gunmen revealed -- who they were, where they came from, why they did it and Saddam Hussein's direct involvement. Compelling accounts of each day of the siege from the hostages' points of view show how they dealt with captivity individually and collectively. New material explains the negotiators' tactics and their cool exterior versus their internal turmoil as negotiations reached crisis point.

Soldier ‘I’

The story of an SAS Hero

Author: Michael Paul Kennedy,Pete Winner,Andy McNab

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 184908615X

Category: History

Page: 408

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No publicity, no media. We move in silently, do our job, and melt away into the background. If you have the stamina, the willpower and the guts, we'll welcome you with open arms and you one of us. And if you haven't, then it's been very nice knowing you. Eighteen years in the SAS saw Pete Winner, codenamed Soldier 'I', survive the savage battle of Mirbat, parachute into the icy depths of the South Atlantic at the height of the Falklands War, and storm the Iranian Embassy during the most famous hostage crisis in the modern world. For the first time Pete also details his close-protection work around the world, from the lawless streets of Moscow to escorting aid convoys into war-torn Bosnia. He also unveils the problems of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder faced by many Special Forces veterans, and how he battled his own demons to continue his roller-coaster career. This is his story, written with a breathtaking take-no-prisoners attitude that brings each death-defying episode vividly to life.

The Easy Day was Yesterday

The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier

Author: Paul Jordan

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 192194188X

Category: Soldiers

Page: 310

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From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, PaulJordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and cursesthe miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. Hischildhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother,produce a young man hell bent on being the best of thebest - an ambition heachieves by being selected to join the ......

Eye of the Storm

Twenty-Five Years In Action With The SAS

Author: Peter Ratcliffe

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782432469

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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Peter Ratcliffe served in the SAS for twenty-five years. Blooded in Oman in the 1970s, he also saw action in Northern Ireland, in the Falklands War, and in the Gulf campaign. From his early days in the Paras to his time as Regimental Sergeant-Major in the Gulf, he has lived and fought by the motto 'Who Dares Wins'. Eye of the Storm is his insider's account of that exceptional career. Fastpaced, earthy, dramatic, funny, occasionally disturbing, it is laced with firsthand descriptions of ferocious and bloody fighting, sudden death and incredible heroism, and peopled with a cast of extraordinary individuals. Beyond that, however, it corrects many of the distortions and exaggerations of other books, and explodes several long-standing myths about the Regiment. Here - at last - is the authentic voice of the SAS.This enhanced edition contains additional audio and text material:- Audio Recording of an SAS Firefight in Oman, 1973- The Little Book of SAS by Peter Ratcliffe, an extensive glossary of SAS terms

Wearing the Green Beret

A Canadian With the Royal Marine Commandos

Author: Jake Olafsen

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 0771068573

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 301

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With the authenticity of Jarhead and Bravo Two Zero and the straight-up narrative of Contact Charlie, this military memoir describes what really goes on in the training of an elite soldier and his tours in Afghanistan. In 2004, Jake Olafsen signed up for the Royal Marines Commandos. He left everything behind at home in Canada on the basis of a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Royal Marines have the toughest and longest basic training of any infantry unit in the world. For Olafson, this meant eight months of wet and cold in England and Wales. It was hell, but he came out with the four Commando qualities that the corps look for: courage, determination, unselfishness, cheerfulness in the face of adversity. Olafsen went on to serve for four years as a Commando in the Royal Marines, an elite military unit based in the United Kingdom. He went to Afghanistan twice: in 2006, he went to confront the Taliban in Helmand Province for six months, and in 2007, he was sent to do it all over again. His story is filled with good experiences, like the sense of accomplishment, patriotism, and camaraderie, and the opportunity to travel the world. But all good things come at a price. The sacrifices he made for the Corps are significant; he has killed the enemy and he has buried his friends. And in telling his story, Olafsen hopes that he can make sense of it all. This is an honest, gutsy story about the mud and the blood, the triumphs and the tragedies. From the Hardcover edition.

Not by Strength by Guile

Author: Peter Mercer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781857824711

Category: Soldiers

Page: 367

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Pete Mercer was a member of the toughest regiment there is - the Special Boatervice. He was part of dangerous operations that not even the SAS couldandle, in the most difficult conditions imaginable. This book tells of hisensational experiences.

The SAS 1983Â?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 Last Gentleman of the SAS

A Moving Testimony from the First Allied Officer to Enter Belsen at the End of the Second World War

Author: John Randall,M J Trow

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780578342

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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In 1945, John Randall was the first Allied officer to enter Bergen-Belsen – the concentration camp that would reveal the horrors of the Holocaust to the world. Randall was one of that league of extraordinary gentlemen handpicked for suicidally dangerous missions behind enemy lines in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany throughout the Second World War. He was a man of his class and of his times. He hated the Germans, liked the French and was unimpressed by the Americans and the Arabs. He was an outrageous flirt, as might be expected of a man who served in Phantom alongside film stars David Niven and Hugh Williams. He played rugby with Paddy Mayne, the larger-than-life colonel of the SAS and winner of four DSOs. He pushed Randolph Churchill, son of the Prime Minister, out of an aeroplane. He wined and dined in nightclubs as part of the generation that lived for each day because they might not see another. This extraordinary true story, partly based on previously unpublished diaries, presents a different slant on that mighty war through the eyes of a restless young man eager for action and adventure.

Quiet Soldier

On Selection with 21 SAS

Author: Adam Ballinger

Publisher: Thistle Publishing

ISBN: 9781910670705

Category:

Page: 330

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At twenty-six, Adam Ballinger had a good degree, a fiancee, and a well-paid job. So what made him risk it all for the gruelling, year-long SAS Selection course, with a better than ninety per cent chance of failing to win the toughest badge in the British Army at the end of it? Over the months of combat patrols, press-ups, punishing runs and Gas! Gas! Gas!, the ordeals of Long Drag and hostile interrogation, Ballinger learnt that who you think you are and what the Army wants you to be are very different things, and the end product of Selection bears little relation to either. This vivid, often funny account of the varied characters who commit so much to training for the 'misfits regiment' is remarkable both for its unromantic authenticity, and for its objective attempt to find out why. A question, Ballinger discovered, that few, if any, in the SAS could answer."

Fighting Scared

Para, Mercenary, SAS, Sniper, Bodyguard

Author: Robin Horsfall

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9780304364626

Category: Special forces (Military science)

Page: 255

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Robin Horsfall shot and killed one of the leading terrorists inside the Iranian Embassy when the SAS stormed the building. He served with the SAS during the Falklands War and on subsequent counter-terrorist operations. He tells his personal odyssey from boy-soldier to paratrooper with insight and wisdom. His enemies were not just terrorists: he fought the institutionalized brutality of the Parachute Regiment -- and his own inner demons. He learned the difference between physical and moral courage; between officers who expect you to be ready to die for them, and those who actually want you to get killed so they can win a medal. It's an action-packed narrative, but much more than another RAMBO-style romp. Robin reveals some painful truths, not least the ordinary SAS men's view of General de la Billiere and his orders for a kamikaze mission to Argentina. This is the best, no-holds barred, personal account of an SAS trooper ever published.

Seven Troop

Author: Andy McNab

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0552158666

Category: Soldiers

Page: 496

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They were like a band of brothers... In 1983 Andy McNab was assigned to B Squadron, one of the four Sabre Squadrons of the SAS, and within it to Air Troop, otherwise known as SEVEN TROOP. This is Andy McNab's gripping account of the time he served in the company of a remarkable group of men - from the day, freshly badged, he joined them in the Malayan jungle, to the day, ten years later, that he handed in his sand-coloured beret and started a new life. The links they forged then bound them inextricably together, but the things they saw and did during that time would take them all to breaking point - and some beyond - in the years that were to follow. He who dares doesn't always win...

The Joker

Twenty Years Inside the SAS

Author: Pete Scholey

Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited

ISBN: 9780233002057

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 245

View: 1988

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Scholey vividly describes life as a soldier, giving first-hand accounts of jungle warfare in Borneo to desert fighting in Aden. This exciting account of some of this centurys most sensitive and dangerous operations also offers a genuine insight into the one of the worlds premier fighting forces.

The SAS in Action

Author: Peter Macdonald

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Adult

ISBN: 9780330353922

Category: Special forces (Military science)

Page: 308

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This is a comprehensive account of the battles and campaigns, weapons and equipment, training and tactics of Britain's Special Air Service. Included in the text is coverage of the Regiment's wars in the jungles of Malaya and Borneo in the 1950s and 1960s, the counter-terrorist campaign in Northern Ireland, the behind-the-lines actions during the Falklands War and the Iranian Embassy siege of 1980. There is also information on what it takes to win the beige beret and how the SAS compares with other countries' special forces.

SAS Heroes

Remarkable Soldiers, Extraordinary Men

Author: Pete Scholey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1780962231

Category: History

Page: 304

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SAS Heroes contains former SAS member Pete Scholey's memories of 20 soldiers who were genuine heroes, although many were never recognised as such during their lives or even in death. It is a book of stories about soldiers who fought for their country with no desire to be famous, feted or rewarded, many of whom died in action. A few received medals, and all earned the respect and admiration of their fellow soldiers, their names and faces etched into the true history of the SAS. Some of the stories of Pete's heroes have never been told before and certainly none of the tales of combat and life in the regiment have been told in such a touching, real and compelling manner.

Rogue Heroes

The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

Author: Ben Macintyre

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 1101904178

Category: History

Page: 400

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The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

How2become Special Air Service

The Insider's Guide

Author: Richard McMunn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907558061

Category: Special forces (Military science)

Page: 112

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The Special Air Service is the most respected and feared units of all the military fighting forces. Only the best get to become a member of this elite fighting force and this unique guide will provide you with an insight into life within the SAS and their selection procedure.