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This is a fascinating book on a fascinating and surprising topic. The S.A.S. is a highly unusual organization not just in terms of the British Army, but in terms of military thinking with a mandate of surprisingly wide scope. These are more than just gun hands. This book gives a solid account of the (unclassified) history of the major campaigns of the S.A.S. after WWII while addressing interesting topics like selection, mercenaries, and the S.A.S. hot potato like political role within the Britis ...more
This is a very informative history of the SAS from its origins in the post-war period up through its action during the Falklands War. Because it's a history, it isn't always the most engaging narrative, though the author does try to give you an up close and personal view of what is happening. I did learn a lot about the SAS though. What jumped out was that its early days were spent engaging in politically controversial missions against Communist rebels in distant lands far away from Britain. Whe ...more
Who Dares Wins tells the story of the SAS from 1950-1980, ending with the year of publication. The warzones covered – Malaya, Borneo, Arabia, Oman, Ireland as well as the Iranian Embassy siege, ex-SAS mercenaries, SAS training and other equivalent organisations around the world make this engrossing. The regular mentions of Peter de la Billiere a long time before his involvement in the Gulf War are an added bonus, as are the views expressed on counter-terrorism – hasn’t the world changed since th ...more
Tony Geraghty is a British-Irish writer and journalist. He served in the Parachute Regiment, and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his work as a military liaison officer with U.S. forces during the Gulf War (1991). He has been a journalist for The Boston Globe and was the Sunday Times Defence Correspondent in the 1970s.More about Tony Geraghty...