SAS Undercover Operations: From World War II to Afghanistan

SAS Undercover Operations: From World War II to Afghanistan

by Mike Ryan


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A comprehensive, highly illustrated history of the SAS in action from the deserts of North Africa in World War II to the war in Afghanistan.
SAS Undercover Operations charts every major combat action of “the Regiment,” from its creation through to its current deployment in the war against terrorism. The story begins with the SAS in North Africa in World War II, and then moves on to operations in the Mediterranean and northwest Europe. It traces the reformation of the SAS in the early 1950s, and its deployment in the counterinsurgency operations in Malaya and Borneo against communist guerrillas. From there, the book covers missions in Aden and Oman, before detailing the SAS’s responsibilities maintaining the security of the British Isles, the development of its innovative counterrevolutionary warfare capability, the regiment’s involvement in the 1982 Falklands conflict, the role the SAS played in hunting Iraqi Scud missiles in the 1991 Gulf War, and its actions after Sept 11, 2001. Rarely seen photographs and specially commissioned color art capture key battles in the unit’s history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782747536
Publisher: Amber Books
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: SAS
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.43(w) x 9.43(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mike Ryan's two books, Baghdad or Bust and Special Operations in Iraq, are among the most reliable accounts of the Iraq War. He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

1 The Beginning 6

2 European Operations 26

3 Rebirth in the Far East 42

4 The Jebel Akhdar and Aden 66

5 Oman 1970-76 84

6 Counter-Terrorism 104

7 The Falklands War 124

8 Desert Storm 1990-91 142

9 The Balkans and Sierra Leone 160

10 Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda 176

Chronology: SAS Operations 1941-2002 189

Appendix: SAS Organization 190

Index 191

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