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Who Dares Wins: The Special Air Service- 1950 To The Gulf War

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Paperback, 608 pages
Published December 5th 2002 by Abacus (first published July 1980)
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Shiran Lavi
Feb 22, 2017 Shiran Lavi rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!!!
KiplingKat
Jul 11, 2014 KiplingKat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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
Zach
Jul 17, 2015 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robert Hepple
Dec 01, 2015 Robert Hepple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul
Jan 03, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting history but not much in the storytelling.
Malcolm
Feb 23, 2008 Malcolm rated it liked it
Had some old accounts of the SAS operations in North Africa and the Malaysian jungles. Andy McNab had more up-to-date information on the SAS.
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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.
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