Rogue Warrior of the SAS

  • Filename: rogue-warrior-of-the-sas.
  • ISBN: 9781780573779
  • Release Date: 2011-10-14
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Martin Dillon
  • Publisher: Random House



More than half a century after his death, Lt Col. Robert Blair Mayne is still regarded as one of the greatest soldiers in the history of military special operations. He was the most decorated British soldier of the Second World War, receiving four DSOs, the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'honneur, and he pioneered tactics used today by the SAS and other special operations units worldwide. Rogue Warrior of the SAS tells the remarkable life story of 'Colonel Paddy', whose exceptional physical strength and uniquely swift reflexes made him a fearsome opponent. But his unorthodox rules of war and his resentment of authority would deny him the ultimate accolade of the Victoria Cross. Drawing on personal letters and family papers, declassified SAS files and records, together with the Official SAS Diary compiled in wartime and eyewitness accounts from many who served with him, the picture emerges of a soldier who, although a flawed hero, was unquestionably one of the most distinctive combatants of the campaigns in the Western Desert and Europe.

Rogue Heroes

  • Filename: rogue-heroes.
  • ISBN: 0771060327
  • Release Date: 2017-05-30
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Ben MacIntyre
  • Publisher: Signal Books



The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends -- the untold story of one of WWII's most important secret military units. Ben Macintyre's latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II -- Britain's Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the German tanks in the Middle East theatre, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes -- David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally unusual colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team of highly trained men who would parachute in behind enemy lines to throw monkey wrenches into the German war machine. Though he faced stiff resistance from those who believed such activities violated the classic rules of war, Stirling persevered and in the process created a legacy. Staffed by brilliant, idiosyncratic men whose talents defied both tradition and expectations, the SAS would not only change the course of the war, but the very nature of combat itself. Written with complete access to the never-before-seen SAS archives (who chose Macintyre as their official historian), Rogue Heroes offers a powerfully intimate look at life on the battlefield as lived by a group of remarkable soldiers whose contributions have, until now, gone unrecognized beyond the classified world. Filled with wrenching set pieces and weaving its way through multiple theatres of our grandest and most terrible war, this book is both an excellent addition to the Macintyre library and a critical piece in our understanding of the war's unfolding.

Paddy Mayne

  • Filename: paddy-mayne.
  • ISBN: 9780752469652
  • Release Date: 2011-08-26
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Hamish Ross
  • Publisher: The History Press



"Paddy" Mayne was one of the most outstanding special forces leaders of World War II. Hamish Ross's authoritative study follows Mayne from solicitor and a rugby international to troop commander in the Commandos and then the SAS, whose leader he later became and whose annals he graced, winning the DSO and three bars, the Croix de Guerre, and Legion d'Honneur. Mayne's achievements attracted attention, and after his early death legends emerged, based largely on anecdote and assertion. Hamish Ross's closely researched biography challenges much of the received version, using contemporary sources, the official war diaries, the chronicle of 1 SAS Mayne's papers and diaries, and a number of extended interviews with key contemporaries. It has the support of the Mayne family and the SAS Regimental Association. In Ross's analysis Mayne is a dynamic, yet principled and thoughtful man, committed to the unit's original concepts; not flawless, but whose leadership qualities and tactical brilliance in the field secured the reputation of the SAS.

The Shankill Butchers

  • Filename: the-shankill-butchers.
  • ISBN: 9781409065227
  • Release Date: 2009-11-24
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Martin Dillon
  • Publisher: Random House



'This was the ultimate way to kill a man' During the 1970s a group of Protestant paramilitaries embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Northern Irish Catholics dead. Their leader was Lenny Murphy, a fanatical Unionist whose Catholic-sounding surname led to his persecution as a child for which he took revenge on all Catholics. Not for the squeamish, The Shankill Butchers is a horrifying detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in British legal history - a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the troubled and violent context from which it sprang.

Rogue Warrior

  • Filename: rogue-warrior.
  • ISBN: 0671795937
  • Release Date: 1993-03-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Richard Marcinko
  • Publisher: Pocket Books



A brilliant virtuoso of violence, Richard Marcinko rose through Navy ranks to create and command one of this country's most elite and classified counterterrorist units, SEAL TEAM SIX. Now this thirty-year veteran recounts the secret missions and Special Warfare madness of his worldwide military career -- and the riveting truth about the top-secret Navy SEALs. Marcinko was almost inhumanly tough, and proved it on hair-raising missions across Vietnam and a war-torn world: blowing up supply junks, charging through minefields, jumping at 19,000 feet with a chute that wouldn't open, fighting hand-to-hand in a hellhole jungle. For the Pentagon, he organized the Navy's first counterterrorist unit: the legendary SEAL TEAM SIX, which went on classified missions from Central America to the Middle East, the North Sea, Africa and beyond. Then Marcinko was tapped to create Red Cell, a dirty-dozen team of the military's most accomplished and decorated counterterrorists. Their unbelievable job was to test the defenses of the Navy's most secure facilities and installations. The result was predictable: all hell broke loose. Here is the hero who saw beyond the blood to ultimate justice -- and the decorated warrior who became such a maverick that the Navy brass wanted his head on a pole, and for a time, got it. Richard Marcinko -- ROGUE WARRIOR.

The Dirty War

  • Filename: the-dirty-war.
  • ISBN: 9781407074801
  • Release Date: 2012-10-26
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Author: Martin Dillon
  • Publisher: Random House



1969 was a year of rising tension, violence and change for the people of Northern Ireland. Rioting in Derry's Bogside led to the deployment of British troops and a shortlived, uneasy truce. The British army soon found itself engaged in an undercover war against the Provisional IRA, which was to last for more than twenty years. In this enthralling and controversial book, Martin Dillon, author of the bestselling The Shankill Butchers, examines the roles played by the Provisional IRA, the State forces, the Irish Government and the British Army during this troubled period. He unravels the mystery of war in which informers, agents and double agents operate, revealing disturbing facts about the way in which the terrorists and the Intelligence Agencies target, undermine and penetrate each other's ranks. The Dirty War is investigative reporting at its very best, containing startling disclosures and throwing new light on previously inexplicable events.

The Trigger Men

  • Filename: the-trigger-men.
  • ISBN: 9781780573762
  • Release Date: 2011-10-14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Martin Dillon
  • Publisher: Random House



In The Trigger Men, bestselling author Martin Dillon delves into the dark and sinister world of Irish terrorism and counter-terrorism. Over three decades he has interviewed and investigated some of the most professional, dangerous and ruthless killers in Ireland. Now Dillon explores their personalities, motivations and bizarre crimes.Many of Ireland's assassins learned their trade in fields and on hillsides in remote parts of Ireland, while others were trained in the Middle East or with Basque separatist terrorists in Spain. Some were one-target-one-shot killers, like the sniper who terrorised the inhabitants of Washington State in the autumn of 2002, while others were bombers skilled in designing the most sophisticated explosive devices and booby traps. Another more powerful group of 'trigger men' were the influential figures in the shadows, who were experts in motivating the killers under their control. All of these men, whether they squeezed the trigger on a high-powered rifle, set the timer on a bomb or used their authority to send others out to commit horrific and unspeakable acts of cruelty, are featured in this book. The Trigger Men takes the reader inside the labyrinthine world of terrorist cells and highly classified counter-terrorism units of British Military Intelligence. The individual stories are described in gripping, unflinching detail and show how the terrorists carried out their ghastly work. Dillon also explores the ideology of the cult of the gunmen and the greed and hatred that motivated assassins in their killing sprees. There are penetrating insights into the mindset of the most infamous assassins: their social and historical conditioning, their callousness......

Colonel Paddy

  • Filename: colonel-paddy.
  • ISBN: 1780730411
  • Release Date: 2015-10-09
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Patrick Marrinan
  • Publisher:



The classic story of Robert Blair Mayne, late commanding officer of the first Special Air Service Regiment, and legend in his own lifetime. This, the original biography of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair Mayne, DSO (3 Bars), Légion d'Honneur, Croix De Guerre and 'Colonel Paddy' to his contemporaries, is a lively account of his life and wartime exploits with the SAS. As an Air-Commando, he became the scourge of the Nazis across North Africa, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Germany, while leading the most daredevil and dangerous regiment in the British Army. Such was his reputation that Hitler ordered that he was to be shot on sight. The personification of Irish courage and a man who commanded remarkable loyalty from his men, 'Colonel Paddy' remains one of the most decorated soldiers in the history of the British Army. The original biography by Patrick Marrinan now back in print.

Shadow Warrior

  • Filename: shadow-warrior.
  • ISBN: 9781742282343
  • Release Date: 2009-06-29
  • Number of pages: 456
  • Author: David Everett
  • Publisher: Penguin Group Australia



This is the true story of David Everett: renegade soldier, outlaw and fugitive. As SAS soldier bord with life in the Regiment during peace-time, Dave was lured to the jungles of Burma by the promise of seeing action. There, he became swept up in a war between the Burmese military junta and the oppressed Karen people. Dave learned very quickly about fighting, loyalty and bravery. Back in Australia on a mission to raise funds for the Karen, he soon became every government's nightmare: a highly skilled commando on a crime spree. He kidnapped people from their homes, robbed movie theatres and set off the biggest explosion in Australian criminal history. At the height of his infamy, Dave had every cop in the country on the lookout for him. Part larrikin, part enigma, Dave Everett has everyone divided. Is he a freedom fighter or a trained killer on the loose? A baby-faced everyday bloke or a 'lethal war-machine'? A champion of the oppressed or a ruthless criminal? Written during his time in jail, Shadow Warrior is an inside look at a world that thriller writers and Hollywood can only imagine. 'A remarkable story' The Australian

Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior

  • Filename: leadership-secrets-of-the-rogue-warrior.
  • ISBN: 0671545140
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 155
  • Author: Richard Marcinko
  • Publisher:



A former Navy commando offers a guide to coping with the challenges of one's personal and professional life, sharing dynamic leadership principles based on his Ten Commandments of Special Warfare

The SAS in World War II

  • Filename: the-sas-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472808776
  • Release Date: 2015-06-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



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.

In Rommel s Backyard

  • Filename: in-rommel-s-backyard.
  • ISBN: 9781473817777
  • Release Date: 2010-07-28
  • Number of pages: 196
  • Author: Alastair Timpson
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword



Alastair Timpson belonged to that generation of young men who were propelled straight from public school into the maelstrom of the Second World War. Inured as they had become from quite an early age to discomfort, discipline, indifferent food and absence from home, many appeared to make an effortless transition from peace of their upbringing to the dangers of front line soldering. Thompson had the good fortune to find this way, via the Scots Guards, into the Long Range Desert Group, the most romantic of special force units. In Rommel’s Backyard describes the threefold roles of the LRDG, all of which involved daring, dash and incredible feats of endurance and navigation deep behind enemy lines. They were the eyes and ears of the Eighth Army, road-watching and reporting enemy movement; they destroyed enemy aircraft, supply dumps and vehicles; and transported other special forces and agents to their objectives. Fortunately, Alastair Timpson kept a meticulous record of all his activities with the LRDG, although he never saw this as being of interest to more than his family. However, after his death, his son realised its wider appeal and offered it for publication. Although In Rommel’s Backyard is a very personal account it epitomises the spirit of a campaign which involved many thousands of young men. In a calm, often detached way - his modesty is noteworthy - the author gives an account of his and his colleagues’ war behind enemy lines which will appeal not only to historians of the period but to all those who enjoy a real-life adventure story of epic encounters fought, and won, against the odds.

Born Fearless

  • Filename: born-fearless.
  • ISBN: 9780857384416
  • Release Date: 2011-09-25
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Big Phil Campion
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



'Hard eyes stare out of massive beards, their faces marked by the scars of battle. With these guys their webbing looks like it belongs to them, rather than it's been hung on a pair of reluctant shoulders. There's not a word been said to us, but the ante has clearly been upped. There's a dark and sinister feeling in the air. It doesn't take a genius to figure it's about to kick off.' Former SAS soldier Big Phil Campion tells it like is in this brutally honest account of his insanely dangerous life as a private military operator. From playing chicken with a suicide bomber in backstreet Kabul, to taking on pirates with his bare hands, this is true-life action-packed drama at its best.

Gentleman Jim

  • Filename: gentleman-jim.
  • ISBN: 9781848844247
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 263
  • Author: Lorna Almonds-Windmill
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers



"'Gentlemen Jim' Almonds ... was among the first handful of men to join David Sterling and his original 'L' Detachment, which grew into the modern SAS in the Western Desert in 1941. Then a sergeant in 8 Guards Commando, Almonds became one of the 'Tobruk Four' who developed the technique of four-man clandestine operations and carried it into the SAS"--Page 4 of cover.

Eye of the Storm

  • Filename: eye-of-the-storm.
  • ISBN: 9781782432463
  • Release Date: 2014-01-13
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Peter Ratcliffe
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books



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

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