Rogue Heroes

Rogue Heroes

The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

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Britain's Special Air Service--or SAS--was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat with a remarkable strategic mind. Where his colleagues looked at a map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS's remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.--Adapted from dust jacket and publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101904169
110190416X
9781101904176
Characteristics: xvi, 380 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Call Number: 940.541241 MAC

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Jan 09, 2017

But then courage, like death, seldom appears where it is expected.

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To overcome frailty is one definition of courage: to acknowledge it with honesty is another.

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Comedy and Tragedy are brothers.

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The confident man will win,...

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Bravery sometimes comes in unexpected forms, and in places far from the battlefield.

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Steve11
Oct 14, 2017

I loved this book. The creation and deployment of the Special Air Service is a wonderful story.

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exie3
Nov 16, 2016

Excellent documentary of SAS creation

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