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.
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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
Wartime SAS Operations 352
Regimental Roll of Honor 356
Selected Bibliography 363
Photography Credits 365
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Fantastic read. All you can say is WOW!
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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