In Action with the SAS

In Action with the SAS

In Action with the SAS

In Action with the SAS

Synopsis

The SAS is a disciplined and elite force in which the men are trained to operate deep behind enemy lines to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance operations, usually in very close proximity to the enemy, and are often involved in violent actions with that enemy. This history describes some of the most important operations in which the SAS has been involved including first action in Borneo, followed by confrontation in Vietnam, then Somalia, Kuwait, and East Timor in the 1990s. Based on firsthand reports and interviews with participants, this is an intriguing account of the regiment's first 40 years.

Excerpt

In Action with the sas is the third edition of my history of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, first published in 1989. the first edition, SAS:Phantoms of the Jungle, set out to describe the operations of the Special Air Service from its establishment in 1957 through to 1989. I had been asked to write the book by the then Director of Special Action Forces, Colonel Rod Curtis, who believed that the history of the regiment needed to be written while its early members were still alive. He also believed that the actions of the sas in Borneo and Vietnam, which until then had been secret, needed to be put on the public record. Accordingly, in writing the history I was given full access to all the sas Regiment’s records and was able to interview a large number of serving and ex-SAS soldiers who had served in the regiment at home and on active service. I examined almost 1400 patrol reports, which needed to have their security classification downgraded so that they could be used in the book. the two commanding officers of the regiment at the time, Lieutenant-Colonels Terry Nolan and Jim Wallace, placed the full resources of the regiment at my disposal.

The second edition of the book was published in 2002 with the title SAS: Phantoms of War. As I noted then, in the thirteen years since the initial publication the Australian sas had seen momentous changes, with the development of new capabilities within the regiment and its involvement in numerous operations, including deployments on peace operations during the 1990s, culminating in the interfet operation in East Timor in 1999–2000.

For the new edition I deleted the old final chapter, replacing it with two new chapters covering the more recent period. Considering the wide range of activities carried out by the regiment in that time it was not possible to describe them in the same depth as in the original account. Further, details of some recent activities could not be published at that . . .

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