Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

by Ben Macintyre


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594924470
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 118,876
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, and Agent Zigzag, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps x

Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Slim xi

Author's Note xiii

A Note on Sources xvii

Prologue: Into the Dark 1

Part I War in the Desert

Chapter 1 Cowboy Soldier 5

Chapter 2 L Detachment 19

Chapter 3 Recruits 29

Chapter 4 Into the Desert 51

Chapter 5 The Long Range Desert Group 62

Chapter 6 Devil Country 68

Chapter 7 A Party of Ghosts 81

Chapter 8 Blitz Buggy 90

Chapter 9 Benghazi Bed-and-Breakfast 105

Chapter 10 Seven Airfields 121

Chapter 11 Mass Sabotage at Sidi Haneish 142

Chapter 12 Desert Doctors 157

Chapter 13 Quite, Quite Mad 171

Chapter 14 Alamein 185

Part II War in Europe

Chapter 15 Italy 209

Chapter 16 Bulbasket 231

Chapter 17 Houndsworth 245

Chapter 18 An Eye for an Eye 267

Chapter 19 Paddy McGinty's Goat 275

Chapter 20 A Predilection for Risk 284

Chapter 21 Battaglione Alleata 300

Chapter 22 Into the Reich 312

Chapter 23 Liberation 327

Chapter 24 Who Dares Survives 336

Acknowledgments 344

Afterlives 345

Wartime SAS Operations 352

Regimental Roll of Honor 356

Selected Bibliography 363

Photography Credits 365

Index 366

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Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
Rogue Heroes, the history of the SAS, Britain's secret Special Forces Unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of War by author Ben MacIntyre was an interesting and compelling read. this unique look into The British Special Air Service or SAS will be enjoyable for anyone interested in this fascinating time of History. I highly recommend this book.
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Blondi2 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. All you can say is WOW!
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Tangen More than 1 year ago
Meticulous research is evident in this telling of the group of commandos who were organized into being by a few unusual men, changed warfare dramatically, and became the model and gold standard for similar units the world over. Beginning with detailed chronicling of the character of each man involved in this revolutionary idea being presented in such a way that the readers feel like they are with them, this kind of personal involvement by the reader is carried on throughout the further development and actions. If you geek history in general or military history in particular I guarantee that you will love this book! I'm supposed to provide the disclaimer that I entered a giveaway and received a print copy from the publisher, and this is true. However, I had only read a small portion when it was liberated by a USMC who was very reluctant to return it. So, I found and purchased an audio edition and was delighted with the fact that it is narrated by the author!
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