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.

Stirling s Men

  • Filename: stirling-s-men.
  • ISBN: 0304367060
  • Release Date: 2007-05-01
  • Number of pages: 388
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Phoenix



The first ever officially sanctioned history of the SAS in World War II A riveting history book that reads like a novel, STIRLING'S MEN investigates the story of the SAS from its creation by David Stirling to the last battles of World War II. This is the first account of the SAS to be officially supported by the veterans and based on their unique first-hand testimony. Gavin Mortimer weaves their stories together to produce a fabulous page-turning narrative that will capture the imagination.

The SBS in World War II

  • Filename: the-sbs-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472811158
  • Release Date: 2016-05-19
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. Highly trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in early 1943. Unlike its sister unit, which numbered more than 1,000 men, the SBS never comprised more than 100. Led by men such as the famed Victoria Cross recipient Anders Lassen, the SBS went from island to island in the Mediterranean, landing in the dead of night in small fishing boats and launching savage hit and run raids on the Germans. Through unrivalled access to the SBS archives and interviews with the surviving members of the unit, Gavin Mortimer has pieced together the largely forgotten dramatic exploits of this elite fighting force. In this new and updated edition, featuring a plate section of photographs and additional content including new text, the unit and its members are finally granted the recognition that they so richly deserve.

The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

  • Filename: the-long-range-desert-group-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472819352
  • Release Date: 2017-04-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Formed in June 1940 for the purpose of gathering intelligence behind enemy lines, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) played a secretive but vital role in North Africa during World War II. Highly trained in mechanized reconnaissance and specializing in desert operations, the unit provided support to the Special Air Service (SAS) in missions across the vast and treacherous terrain of the Western Desert. In this highly illustrated history of the LRDG, Gavin Mortimer reveals the origins and dramatic operations of Britain's first ever special forces unit.

The Daring Dozen

  • Filename: the-daring-dozen.
  • ISBN: 9781780964553
  • Release Date: 2012-06-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



In this new book, Gavin Mortimer reveals the 12 legendary Special Forces commanders of World War II. Prior to the war, the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist, but thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won has totally changed. These 12 men not only reshaped military policy, but they led from the front, accompanying their troops into battle, from the sands of North Africa to jumping on D-Day and infiltrating behind enemy lines. Mortimer also offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as military commanders and the true impact that their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war.

Rogue Heroes

  • Filename: rogue-heroes.
  • ISBN: 9781101904176
  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: Crown



The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

Daggers Drawn

  • Filename: daggers-drawn.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105110164147
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 236
  • Author: Mike Morgan
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited



Twenty-five stories about the larger-than-life exploits of the SAS in World War II, supported by a selection of rare archive and action shots. Some stories are previously unpublished.

Secret Forces of World War II

  • Filename: secret-forces-of-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781844151141
  • Release Date: 2004-01-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Philip Warner
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword



One of the lasting legacies of World War 2 was the proliferation of what today are known as Special Forces. At the time many soldiers, often of high rank regarded these units as nothing short of ill-disciplined cowboys or worse! However desperate times called for desperate measures and there were those in high places who were prepared to take risks. As specially recruited units such as the LRDG, SAS and SBS earned their spurs and scored significant victories, at high cost both to the enemy and themselves, so faith in the concept grew

Stirling s Desert Triumph

  • Filename: stirling-s-desert-triumph.
  • ISBN: 9781472807656
  • Release Date: 2015-04-20
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The night of July 26, 1942 saw one of the most audacious raids of World War II, just as the outcome of that conflict hung in the balance. In North Africa, a convoy of 18 Allied jeeps carrying Special Air Service personnel appeared out of the early-morning darkness and drove onto the Axis landing strip at Sidi Haneish in the Egyptian desert. Within the space of a few savage minutes 18 Axis aircraft were ablaze; a dozen more were damaged and scores of guards lay dead or wounded. The men responsible for the raid then vanished into the night as swiftly as they had arrived, prompting the Germans to dub the enemy leader, David Stirling, 'The Phantom Major'. Featuring full-colour artwork, gripping narrative and incisive analysis, this engaging study recounts the origins, planning, execution and aftermath of the daring raid that made the name of the SAS at the height of World War II.

Eastern Approaches

  • Filename: eastern-approaches.
  • ISBN: 9780241973257
  • Release Date: 2015-05-07
  • Number of pages: 576
  • Author: Fitzroy MaClean
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq. Maclean's extraordinary adventures in the Western Desert and later fighting alongside Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia are blistering reading and show what it took to be a British hero who broke the mould . . .

The U S Army in World War II

  • Filename: the-u-s-army-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: IND:30000116784160
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Steve Crawford
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated



Introducing the first volume in a new series, The Stories Behind the Photos

World War 2 Heroes

  • Filename: world-war-2-heroes.
  • ISBN: 1500939250
  • Release Date: 2014-08-23
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Ryan Jenkins
  • Publisher: CreateSpace



World War II was full of heroes and powerful figures that are often discussed: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, General George Patton, and so on. However, there are some mighty men that seem to be overlooked most of the time. Such is the case with Paddy Mayne. In this book, you will learn about Mayne's heroic actions and strong leadership that garnered the respect and admiration of his peers. Pick up your copy today. Here's a Preview of What You Will Learn * Paddy Mayne's beginnings * His missions in Lebanon * The formation of the SAS * The growth and development of the SAS * SAS missions in Italy, France, and Germany

Tanks of World War II

  • Filename: tanks-of-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 0760309361
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Author: Steve Crawford
  • Publisher: Zenith Press



Complete specifications and photos for legendary American, British, and German vessels, as well as lesser-known ships.

Secret Operations of the SAS

  • Filename: secret-operations-of-the-sas.
  • ISBN: 1844150062
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Mike Ryan
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Books



Secret Operations of the SAS charts the early days of 'the regiment', and follows their major combat actions right through to their current deployment in the war against terrorism. The book begins with the SAS in North Africa in World War II, before describing operations in the Mediterranean and north-west Europe. It then traces the reformation of the SAS in the early 1950s, and its deployment in Malaya and Borneo against the communist guerrillas. It covers the operations in Aden and Oman, before detailing the role of the SAS in protecting the security of the British Isles - particularly in Northern Ireland and the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980. The book describes the regiment's involvement in the 1982 Falklands conflict, plus vital role that the SAS played in hunting Iraqi SCUD missiles in the 1991 Gulf War and UN operations in the Balkans and Sierra Leone, dramatically rescuing British hostages. actions of the SAS after the incidents of 11 September 2001, overthrowing the Taliban and the unit's attempts to find Osama Bin Laden and Aal-Qaeda terrorists. With specially commissioned colour artworks and rare action photographs, Secret Operations of the SAS is a highly-illustrated guide to the combat history of the SAS. Selling Points * A complete, highly-illustrated history of the SAS in action from the deserts of North Africa in World War II to the present day. * Includes unique coverage of recent SAS involvement in the Balkans, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. * Featuring rarely-seen photographs and specially-commissioned full-colour artworks of key battles in the units history. Author details Mike Ryan is the managing director of AVPRO Ltd, a specialist firm that designs and builds equipment for special forces use. He is the co-author of Chariots of the Damned, an account of US aircrew rescue operations from Vietnam to the present day, and the Encyclopaedia of the World's Special Forces. He lives in London

Oliver s War

  • Filename: oliver-s-war.
  • ISBN: 1542380650
  • Release Date: 2017-01-31
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Mike Welham
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform



Oliver was born in the aftermath of the First World War; he grew up on a large estate learning the skills of poachers, fieldcraft, shooting and an instinct for navigation. From an idyllic life he was sucked into the Second World War; he joined the army where he was given a commission. He had no idea that his future was to involve high adventure, combined with a bevy of female admirers who were to affect his life. Formal soldiering did not sit well with him so the army focused his destiny. He trained as a commando. Posted to Egypt, the Long Range Desert Group sought his military and linguistic skills; he soon found himself deep behind the enemy lines gathering intelligence. Then he was transferred to the Special Air Service, where he took part in behind-the-lines raids against enemy targets in North Africa. As the war in the desert drew to a close, he returned to England to prepare for the invasion of Europe. He led a four-man SAS team who were dropped into occupied France. Their mission was to blow up railway lines and trains at the market town of Le Dorat in south-west France, so as to delay the German army's hasty move north to counter the D-Day landings.

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