Britains-Smallwars are proud to present Extract from The Regiment by Michael Asher: Iranian Embassy Siege
and A conversation with Michael Asher
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The Special Air Service Regiment is the most renowed special forces unit in the world. Now internationally famous as a counter-terrorist force, its origins lie in the deserts of North Africa, where it was formed during the Second World War to raid airfields and ports deep behind enemy lines.
Founded by three remarkable personalities - David Stirling, Jock Lewes and Paddy Mayne; a dreamer, a thinker and a fighter - it was to grow form this small seed into a concept that would change the face of modern warfare. Today, the SAS has its equivalent in almost every nation on earth.
James Paul (Webmaster BSW) rated this book as
As a reasonably widely-read, although amateur historian, I found this book to fill the primary needs of any history of the SAS, it goes through with precision the regiments history being at times critical and complimentary towards the regiment and its' members, fulfilling the need to introduce those members of the regiment most people are famialiar with Stirling, de la Billiere et al. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to get an objective view point of the activities of the SAS through the first fifty years (1941-1991) with an introductory chapter that only the youngest generation will not remember seeing on TV, having read quite widely in the World War II field, I still found The Regiment a useful read to interweave the SAS's activites during its formative years into the wider tapestry of World War II, including some titbits I had not come across before. Overall, if you have an interest in the SAS I'd recommend this book for a good read and something I don't doubt I will refer back to in the future.
Jo Gilbert rated this book as
I'm familiar with Asher's work and find this book, like his others, totally engrossing. I've read other writings re: the SAS, from MacLean to Geraghty, but this seems to cover all bases. There is a fascinating array of characters and Asher helps us keep track of them as they weave their way through the narrative. From the beginnings in North Africa to the present day, the SAS is the subject of much
conjuncture. I was in Ethiopia when some British embassy staff were abducted in the Afar region; reportedly, it was the threat of SAS extraction that lead to their speedy release. I highly recommend this book for any history buff.
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