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 L├ęgion 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.

Rogue Warrior

  • Filename: rogue-warrior.
  • ISBN: 0671703900
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Richard Marcinko
  • Publisher: Beyond Words/Atria Books



The author describes his career with the Navy's first anti-terrorist unit.

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.

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

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.

Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior

  • Filename: leadership-secrets-of-the-rogue-warrior.
  • ISBN: 9780671036751
  • Release Date: 1998-11-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Richard Marcinko
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Richard Marcinko's explosive #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography, "Rogue Warrior, " and four blockbuster "Rogue Warrior" novels have earned him fame for his raucous, no-holds-barred style. Now, blasting other business guides out of the water, Marcinko draws on his remarkable experience as a Navy commando and creator of the legendary SEAL TEAM SIX to apply his Ten Commandments of Special Warfare to the challenges of business and everyday life. A sampling: I will always lead you from the front, not the rear. I shall punish thy bodies because the more thou sweetest in training, the less thou bleedest in combat. Verily thou art not paid for thy methods, but for thy results, by which meaneth thou shalt kill shine enemy by any means available before he killeth you. Using his own war stories, plus case studies of Fortune 500 companies and smaller businesses, Marcinko now clarifies the simple-- but profound-- leadership principles that have made him an extraordinary success, both in and out of the military.

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.

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.

David Stirling

  • Filename: david-stirling.
  • ISBN: 0751502456
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 507
  • Author: Alan Hoe
  • Publisher: Sphere



As a young lieutenant in 1941, David Stirling won a battle against military bureaucracy - he was able, against all odds, to introduce a new concept in fighting. Although it was disbanded after the war, the effectiveness of the Special Air Service resulted in its being re-formed six years later to meet the specialized demands of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism in a host of limited-intensity conflicts.

The Phantom Major

  • Filename: the-phantom-major.
  • ISBN: 1848843860
  • Release Date: 2011-02-20
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Virginia Cowles
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword



In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel's Afrika Korps was sweeping towards Egypt and the Suez Canal, a small group of daring raiders made history for the Allies. They operated deep behind the German lines, driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa. They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumps, derailing trains and killing many times their own number. The men were the Special Air Service, the SAS, the brainchild of David Stirling, a deceptively mild-mannered man with a brilliant idea. Under his command, small teams of resourceful, highly trained men penetrated beyond the front lines of the opposing armies and wreaked havoc where the Germans least expected it. Virginia Cowles's The Phantom Major is a classic account of these raids, an amazing tale of courage, impudence and daring, packed with action and high adventure. Her narrative, based on the eyewitness testimony of the men who took part, gives a fascinating insight into the early years of the SAS.

The Trigger Men

  • Filename: the-trigger-men.
  • ISBN: UVA:X004749793
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Martin Dillon
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company



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. 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 some 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, and others were bombers skilled in designing the most sophisticated explosive devices and boobytrpas. 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 squeeze 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 terror units of British Military Intelligence. The individual stories are described in fascinating, 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 indfamous assassins: their social and historical conditioning, their callousness and their unquestioning

Biting the Bullet

  • Filename: biting-the-bullet.
  • ISBN: 0002558076
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 302
  • Author: Jenny Simpson
  • Publisher:



The Joker

  • Filename: the-joker.
  • ISBN: 0233050280
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 245
  • Author: Pete Scholey
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited



To survive twenty years of active service in the SAS takes a particular kind of man. Pete Scholey, ex-Royal Artillery and Parachute Regiment, possessed the necessary mix of courage and coolness under extreme pressure. He joined the SAS in 1963 and eventually hung up his boots in 1986, twenty-three years later. During that time he served - often covertly - in many of the world's worst troublespots. Now in his autobiography he vividly describes life as a soldier at the sharp end, giving first-hand accounts of the many actions he was involved in, from jungle warfare in Borneo and desert fighting in Aden to undercover operations in Northern Ireland and his part in the setting up of the counter-terrorist team that was successfully used in the siege of the Iranian Embassy in 1980. He outlines the operational skills that took his teams deep into enemy territory without ever being captured, reveals how they achieved their objectives and describes the humour that he managed to find in the most hair-raising moments. operations, told by a born raconteur, The Joker is also offers a genuine insight into the toughness, professionalism and camaraderie that has made the SAS the world's premier fighting force.

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