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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
Nov 26, 2014 Radiah rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Another one of Tony Geraghty’s works which I enjoyed. He wrote this in the 70s, and Who Dares Wins became one of the very first few books published about the Special Air Service, that elite branch of the British Army. I was surprised to learn that the modern SAS regiment had its formative roots in the Malayan Emergency, lending its expertise to the Hearts and Minds campaign which General Templer implemented to combat the Communist uprising in Malaya at the time with the Briggs plan, a plan devel ...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...