The SAS in World War II

The SAS in World War II

by Gavin Mortimer


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The SAS are among the best-trained and most effective Special Forces units in existence. This book is the incredible story of their origins, told in their own words. During the summer of 1941, a young Scots Guard officer called David Stirling persuaded MEHQ to give its backing to a small band of 60 men christened 'L Detachment'. With a wealth of stunning photographs, many from the SAS Regimental Archives, the book captures the danger and excitement of the initial SAS raids against Axis airfields during the Desert War, the battles in Italy and those following the D-Day landings, as well as the dramatic final push into Germany itself and the discovery of such Nazi horrors as Belsen.

An exhaustive account of an elite organization's formative years, The SAS in World War II is the fruit of Gavin Mortimer's expertise and his unprecedented access to the SAS Regimental Archives. Incorporating interviews with the surviving veterans, it is the definitive account of the regiment's glorious achievements in the years from 1941 to 1945.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472808752
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Series: General Military
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirling's Men (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The Longest Night: Voices from the London Blitz (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005) and The Blitz: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2010). An award-winning writer whose books have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, Gavin has previously written for The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and Esquire magazine. He continues to contribute to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from BBC History to the American Military History Quarterly. In addition he has lectured on the SAS in World War II at the National Army Museum. The author lives in Paris, France.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Stirling's leap of faith
Chapter 2: L Detachment takes wings
Chapter 3: Stirling's capture
Chapter 4: The SRS in Sicily and Italy
Chapter 5: Bill Stirling and the boys of 2SAS
Chapter 6: Roy Farran: from Toronoto to Termoli
Chapter 7: Back to Blighty
Chapter 8: D-Day for 1SAS
Chapter 9: 2SAS earn their wings
Chapter 10: 2SAS return to Italy
Chapter 11: Operation Archway: the drive into Germany
Chapter 12: Operation Howard: Paddy Mayne's last hurrah
Chapter 13: Delighted then demobbed

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The SAS in World War II: An Illustrated History 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good history of the SAS. Difficult missions, tough group of men. Executed if caught by SS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago