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SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service

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The men of the SBS are the maritime equivalent of their counterparts in the SAS: they are the elite of the British Special Forces and also the most secretive. Although SAS activity has been extensively documented, the SBS has remained in the state it prefers - a shadowy silhouette, with identities protected and missions kept from public view. Formed during the Second World ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published September 4th 1997 by Headline (first published September 1997)
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Steven Jr.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In regards to United States Special Operations Forces, it is the Army units that tend to be less vocal about their exploits (Rangers, Special Forces, and Delta Force, though popular media exists about all three), while the Navy units (particularly the SEAL Teams) are seen as glory hounds and media darlings due to the sheer volume of books, TV shows, films, and former SEALs turned celebrities that exist out there.

In contrast, in the United Kingdom, it is the vaunted 22nd Special Air Service Regim
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Barry Sierer
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the story of a unit that seems very difficult to tell. Part of the problem may be the missions of the unit itself. The other part may be the secrecy that the unit maintains; but telling the story of the Special Boat Service seems to be quite problematic.

The first problem is the mission. The SBS has historically specialized in coastal reconnaissance. A vital task that is also done quietly. Successful recces involve slipping onto a coastline, assessing the beach, then slipping out unnotice
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Martin
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a really enjoyable book! This is the history of the SBS, the Special BOAT Service, the Royal Marines' Special Forces. Whilst the Army's SAS, or Special Air Service, with their motto "Who Dares Wins" are the subject of a lot of press interest, and a slew of books, the SBS show their approach with their motto "Not By Strength, by Guile". This book helps to show how different roots led to the SBS, and their preference for stealth. And in the end one understands why Britain maintains two such d ...more
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John Parker is a former Fleet Street editor who has written many investigative books.