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.

Schwarzes Schaf

Kriminalroman

Author: Nigel McCrery

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426435888

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Der junge Carl Whittley muss zu Hause seinen schwerkranken Vater pflegen. Nicht gerade sein Traum vom Leben. Aber Carl sorgt für genügend Abwechslung: Gerade hat er eine junge TV-Moderatorin umgebracht und als Nächstes schwebt ihm ein spektakulärer Anschlag auf einen Zug vor. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie ist ebenfalls zwangsweise zu Hause, weil seine Synästhesie immer schlimmer wird und ihn fast arbeitsunfähig macht. Er kann sich denken, dass sein Chef ihn am liebsten los wäre. Doch als der Superintendent ihm den mysteriösen Mord an der TV-Moderatorin zuschiebt, bei dem es keinerlei Spuren gibt, läuft Lapslie zu alter Form auf ... Begeisterte Leserstimmen: »Ein kurzweiliger Krimi mit einer abwechslungsreichen Mordserie« »Eine angenehm flüssige Schreibweise, interessante Figuren und ein gut durchdachter Plot [...]« »...ein gut zu lesender und interessanter Kriminalroman...«

The SAS Training Manual

How to get fit enough to pass a special forces selection course

Author: Chris McNab

Publisher: Amber Books Ltd

ISBN: 1909160369

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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Twice a year, 150 anxious recruits gather at SAS headquarters in the UK, their minds focused on one objective: to become SAS soldiers in one of the world’s most elite regiments. Yet between arriving and receiving the famous winged dagger badge, stands nearly four months of the toughest military selection process in the world. Could you rise to this exceptional challenge of mind and body? The SAS Training Manual shows you how. Beginning with essential preparation, the book covers fitness training, navigation skills and the four-week selection course itself. Find out how to keep the instructors happy, how to deal with exhaustion during Test Week, and how to survive disaster strike on bleak mountains. But having been selected, there’s still training. Learn how the recruits acquire the skills of an SAS soldier, from hostage rescue to handling foreign weapons, from parachute training to surviving jungle courses, from escape and evasion to resistance and interrogation. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and instructive artworks and including first-hand accounts, The SAS Training Manual is an exhaustive, lively guide to the process of becoming one of the world’s best soldiers. Twice a year, 150 anxious recruits gather at SAS headquarters in Hereford, England, their minds focused on one objective: to become SAS soldiers in one of the world’s most elite regiments. Yet between arriving and receiving the famous winged dagger badge, stands nearly four months of the toughest military selection process in the world. Could you rise to this exceptional challenge of mind and body? The SAS Training Manual shows you how. Beginning with essential preparation, the book covers fitness training, navigation skills and the four-week selection course itself. Find out how to keep the instructors happy, how to deal with exhaustion during Test Week, and how to survive disaster strike on bleak mountains. But having been selected, there’s still training. Learn how the recruits acquire the skills of an SAS soldier, from hostage rescue to handling foreign weapons, from parachute training to surviving jungle courses, from escape and evasion to resistance and interrogation. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and instructive artworks and including first-hand accounts, The SAS Training Manual is an exhaustive, lively guide to the process of becoming one of the world’s best soldiers.

SAS: The Autobiography

Author: Jon E. Lewis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1849019339

Category: History

Page: 160

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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

The military history of Europe, &c

from the commencement of the war with Spain in 1739, to the treaty of Aix-la Chapelle in 1748 ... also ... a ... history of the rebellion in Scotland

Author: William Biggs

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 440

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He Who Dares

Recollections of Service in the SAS, SBS and MI5

Author: David Sutherland

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 0850526434

Category: History

Page: 214

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The author is of the generation that went straight from school to fighting in World War 2. In He Who Dares, he describes some of the actions undertaken by the SAS and SBS and provides a glimpse of the work done by MI5 in the post-war era'

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.

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.

Bravo Two Zero

Author: Andy McNab

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

ISBN: 0440218802

Category: Fiction

Page: 422

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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.

Scottish Military Disasters

Author: Paul Cowan

Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing

ISBN: 1906476586

Category: History

Page: 216

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Scotland's reputation as a nation proud of its military history betrays the fact that the past is littered with catastrophes and failures. From the time of the Roman invasions until the Korean War, Scotland's military history is testament to the fact that victories are always talked up and recorded, but disasters are quietly forgotten. In all some 32 episodes of Scottish battlefield ineptitude are investigated by journalist Paul Cowan. These are: A Desolation Called Peace: Mons Graupius 83 or 84AD; Dance If You Can: Falkirk 1298, The Fool Killer: Faughart 1318; The Loser: Vermeuil 1424; Renaissance Man: Flodden 1513; Massacre in Norway: Kringen 1612; The Death March: Dunbar 1650; The Braw Lads: Namur 1695; The Auld Enemies: Culloden 1746; Death Prophesied: Ticonderoga 1758; Headless Horror: Fort du Querne 1758; No Tea Party: Boston 1776; King George and Broadswords: Moore's Creek 1776; Rocketmen: Pollilur 1780; The World Turned Upside Down: Cowpens 1781; The Will of Allah: El Hamet 1807; The Stonewall Highlanders: New Orleans 1815; Women and Children First: The Birkenhead 1852; Walpole's Folly: Ruiya 1858; Mountain Madness: Majuba 1881; Highland Humiliation: Magersfontein 1899; In Dublin's Fair City 1914; Infirmary Blues: Bedford 1914; A Signal Disaster: Gretna 1915; Blooding the Pups: Gully Ravine 1915; Courage is Not Enough: St Valery 1940; The Fighting French: Lebanon 1941; The Fleet of Foot: Hong Kong 1941; The Cossacks: Austria 1945; Malaysian Massacre: Batang Kali 1948; A Hill in Korea: Nantong River 1950.

Fighting to the End

The Pakistan Army's Way of War

Author: C. Christine Fair

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199395888

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Since Pakistan was founded in 1947, its army has dominated the state. The military establishment has locked the country in an enduring rivalry with India, with the primary aim of wresting Kashmir from it. To that end, Pakistan initiated three wars over Kashmir-in 1947, 1965, and 1999-and failed to win any of them. Today, the army continues to prosecute this dangerous policy by employing non-state actors under the security of its ever-expanding nuclear umbrella. It has sustained a proxy war in Kashmir since 1989 using Islamist militants, as well as supporting non-Islamist insurgencies throughout India and a country-wide Islamist terror campaign that have brought the two countries to the brink of war on several occasions. In addition to these territorial revisionist goals, the Pakistani army has committed itself to resisting India's slow but inevitable rise on the global stage. Despite Pakistan's efforts to coerce India, it has achieved only modest successes at best. Even though India vivisected Pakistan in 1971, Pakistan continues to see itself as India's equal and demands the world do the same. The dangerous methods that the army uses to enforce this self-perception have brought international opprobrium upon Pakistan and its army. And in recent years, their erstwhile proxies have turned their guns on the Pakistani state itself. Why does the army persist in pursuing these revisionist policies that have come to imperil the very viability of the state itself, from which the army feeds? In Fighting to the End, C. Christine Fair argues that the answer lies, at least partially, in the strategic culture of the army. Through an unprecedented analysis of decades' worth of the army's own defense publications, she concludes that from the army's distorted view of history, it is victorious as long as it can resist India's purported drive for regional hegemony as well as the territorial status quo. Simply put, acquiescence means defeat. Fighting to the End convincingly shows that because the army is unlikely to abandon these preferences, Pakistan will remain a destabilizing force in world politics for the foreseeable future.

Arabia Without Sultans

Author: Fred Halliday

Publisher: Saqi

ISBN: 0863567142

Category: Political Science

Page: 540

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Fred Halliday writes: 'The Arab Middle East is probably the most misunderstood of all regions; the one with the longest history of contact with the west; yet it is probably the one least understood. Part of the misunderstanding is due to the romantic mythology that has long appeared to shroud the deserts of the peninsula. Where old myths have broken down, new ones have absorbed them or taken their place. Now the Sheikh of Arabia has stepped down from his camel. Instead, through the delusive lens of the 'energy crisis' he is seen to be riding a Cadillac and squeezing the powerless Western consumer of oil.' First published in the 1970s, Arabia Without Sultans retains its validity for the present as it analyses the Arabian peninsula and Iran within the global context of western post-colonial strategy and the political economy of oil. Halliday offers a thorough study of the history, the politi and the economi of this region in an ambitious, encompassing and entertaining manner. This classic work remains indispensable for students, academi, and all those who wish to have a greater understanding of the Arabian peninsula. 'A well-documented work, written by an author who knows the language of the area.' Maxime Rodinson 'Halliday provides an unusual view-point and a well-documented description of the history of these states.' Middle East International 'Anyone interested in this area will want to read this.' International Affairs 'A most valuable account of the developments which have taken place in the Arab Gulf over the last hundred years.' Tariq Ali

The Complete Encyclopedia of the SAS

Author: Barry Davies

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN: N.A

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.

Alpha Force: Survival

Author: Chris Ryan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407049828

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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The first in an exciting new series for children from ex-SAS officer and bestselling adult author Chris Ryan. Five kids: Alex, Li, Paulo, Hex and Amber, are marooned on a desert island where they must face the ultimate test - survival! Killer komodo dragons, sharks and modern day pirates are amongst the dangers they face. Can the five bond as a team - and stay alive?

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.