Jock Lewes

  • Filename: jock-lewes.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015049687075
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: John Lewes
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword

The story of the Oxford athlete who later developed many of the characteristic weapons & tactics of Britain's premier special forces unit.

Joy Street

  • Filename: joy-street.
  • ISBN: 0751514411
  • Release Date: 1996-01-04
  • Number of pages: 361
  • Author: Barford
  • Publisher: Little Brown

This is a series of letters between 19-year-old Miriam (Mirren) Barford, an Oxford student, and Lieutenant John (Jock) Lewes, who had joined the Welsh Guards at the outbreak of war in 1939. Mirren had met Jock at the wedding of his sister Elizabeth the previous year. Their developing love affair is chronicled in a narrative that reaches a tragic conclusion when Jock is killed in action on 30th December 1941. Jock Lewes was one of the co-founders of the original S.A.S.

Joy Street

  • Filename: joy-street.
  • ISBN: 0316911356
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 361
  • Author: Mirren Barford
  • Publisher:

This is a series of letters between 19-year-old Miriam (Mirren) Barford, an Oxford student, and Lieutenant John (Jock) Lewis, who had joined the Welsh Guards at the outbreak of war in 1939. Mirren had met Jock at the wedding of Jock's sister Elizabeth the previous year. Their developing love affair is chronicled in an affecting narrative that reaches a tragic conclusion when Jock is killed in action on 30th December 1941. Jock Lewis was one of the co-founders of the original SAS.

Rogue Heroes

  • Filename: rogue-heroes.
  • ISBN: 0771060327
  • Release Date: 2017-05-30
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Ben MacIntyre
  • Publisher: Signal Books

The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends -- the untold story of one of WWII's most important secret military units. Ben Macintyre's latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II -- Britain's Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the German tanks in the Middle East theatre, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes -- David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally unusual colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team of highly trained men who would parachute in behind enemy lines to throw monkey wrenches into the German war machine. Though he faced stiff resistance from those who believed such activities violated the classic rules of war, Stirling persevered and in the process created a legacy. Staffed by brilliant, idiosyncratic men whose talents defied both tradition and expectations, the SAS would not only change the course of the war, but the very nature of combat itself. Written with complete access to the never-before-seen SAS archives (who chose Macintyre as their official historian), Rogue Heroes offers a powerfully intimate look at life on the battlefield as lived by a group of remarkable soldiers whose contributions have, until now, gone unrecognized beyond the classified world. Filled with wrenching set pieces and weaving its way through multiple theatres of our grandest and most terrible war, this book is both an excellent addition to the Macintyre library and a critical piece in our understanding of the war's unfolding.

Daggers Drawn

  • Filename: daggers-drawn.
  • ISBN: 9780752478333
  • Release Date: 2011-11-30
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Mike Morgan
  • Publisher: The History Press

Thirty vivid stories, including some new and previously unpublished, supported by an updated selection of rare archive and action photographs, explore the larger-than-life escapades of the Special Air Service in the Second World War. From an SAS Jeep patrol in France, outnumbered fifty-to-one, who shot their way out to safety in their bullet-riddled vehicle and killed a quarter of their SS opposition, to an SAS soldier who talked his way through enemy roadblocks in North Africa in full British uniform and tore a strip off the guard for neglecting to check his papers, this is the first comprehensive collection of all the best stories in one book.

The Regiment

  • Filename: the-regiment.
  • ISBN: 9780141889436
  • Release Date: 2008-05-29
  • Number of pages: 624
  • Author: Michael Asher
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

On 4 May 1980, seven terrorists holding twenty-one people captive in the Iranian Embassy in London’s Prince’s Gate, executed their first hostage. They threatened to kill another hostage every thirty minutes until their demands were met. Minutes later, armed men in black overalls and balaclavas shimmied down the roof on ropes and burst in through windows and doors. In seconds all but one of the terrorists had been shot dead, the other captured. For most people, this was their first acquaintance with a unit that was soon to become the ideal of modern military excellence – the Special Air Service regiment. Few realized that the SAS had been in existence for almost forty years, playing a discreet, if not secret, role almost everywhere Britain had fought since World War II, and had been the prototype of all modern special forces units throughout the world. In The Regiment, Michael Asher – a former soldier in 23 SAS Regiment – examines the evolution of the special forces idea and investigates the real story behind the greatest military legend of the late twentieth century.

The SAS in World War II

  • Filename: the-sas-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472808776
  • Release Date: 2015-06-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

The SAS are among the best-trained and most effective Special Forces units in existence. This book is the incredible story of their origins, told in their own words. During the summer of 1941, a young Scots Guard officer called David Stirling persuaded MEHQ to give its backing to a small band of 60 men christened 'L Detachment'. With a wealth of stunning photographs, many from the SAS Regimental Archives, the book captures the danger and excitement of the initial SAS raids against Axis airfields during the Desert War, the battles in Italy and those following the D-Day landings, as well as the dramatic final push into Germany itself and the discovery of such Nazi horrors as Belsen. An exhaustive account of an elite organization's formative years, The SAS in World War II is the fruit of Gavin Mortimer's expertise and his unprecedented access to the SAS Regimental Archives. Incorporating interviews with the surviving veterans, it is the definitive account of the regiment's glorious achievements in the years from 1941 to 1945.

Summary and Analysis of Rogue Heroes The History of the SAS Britain s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

  • Filename: summary-and-analysis-of-rogue-heroes-the-history-of-the-sas-britain-s-secret-special-forces-unit-that-sabotaged-the-nazis-and-changed-the-nature-of-war.
  • ISBN: 9781504044950
  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Number of pages: 30
  • Author: Worth Books
  • Publisher: Open Road Media

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Rogue Heroes tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Ben Macintyre’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Rogue Heroes includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of events Important quotes and analysis Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Rogue Heroes:The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre: Ben Macintyre’s Rogue Heroes is a gripping account of the inception of the British SAS, or Special Air Service, during World War II, which became the forerunner to modern military special forces. In mid-1941, the Axis attack on Europe and North Africa knocked Great Britain onto the ropes. Facing the brilliant German general Erwin Rommel, the “Desert Fox,” British forces in North Africa were fighting a losing campaign. An iconoclastic young officer named David Stirling conceived an entirely new form of warfare, based on daring attacks by small groups of highly trained soldiers on large strategic targets, striking deep from behind enemy lines. This revolutionary unit became the SAS and changed the nature of warfare itself. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Forgotten Voices Desert Victory

  • Filename: forgotten-voices-desert-victory.
  • ISBN: 9781409034865
  • Release Date: 2011-05-12
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Imperial War Museum
  • Publisher: Random House

‘Between Friday and Monday we never slept at all. Everyone’s face was one mass of sand ... The guns were so hot, all the paint had gone’ Bombardier Ray Ellis Had the Allies lost in North Africa, Rommel’s Afrika Korps would have swept through the Middle East, cutting the vital supply line through the Suez Canal to Australia and India, and taking the oilfields of the Persian Gulf. Britain would have been isolated, without oil, and unable to fight. These historic battles of 1940–1943 were fought over vast distances on rugged terrain, with supply lines often stretched to breaking point. It was here that David Stirling formed the SAS to perform audacious sabotage missions, and the Long Range Desert Group collected intelligence from behind enemy lines. This is the story of the Allies’ first victory against Hitler’s army, told in the voices of the men who were there, which proved that the seemingly unstoppable Germans could be beaten.

The Long Range Desert Group 1940 1945

  • Filename: the-long-range-desert-group-1940-1945.
  • ISBN: 9780850527124
  • Release Date: 2009-05-29
  • Number of pages: 238
  • Author: David Lloyd-Owen
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword

This splendid record takes the reader behind enemy lines not only in North Africa but in Italy, the Aegean and the Balkans.The Author, who commanded the LRDG, paints a vivid picture of the unit's colourful characters: for example, Ralph Bagnold who put to good use the knowledge he gained from his pre-war desert travels.The LRDG was truly international with New Zealanders and Rhodesians playing key roles.This classic book won acclaim from the critics on its first publication by virtue of the author's unique knowledge, experience and narrative skills.

SAS Combat Handbook

  • Filename: sas-combat-handbook.
  • ISBN: 9781632208668
  • Release Date: 2015-08-18
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Barry Davies
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

An SAS soldier explains the battle history of this prestigious military service, while teaching how you can defend yourself in both hand-to-hand and military combat. Seventy years after its inception, the Special Air Service (SAS) is recognized by many as one of the most decorated military forces in the world. Their soldiers do battle on a daily basis, taking actions that are normally swift, very hard hitting, and extremely secretive. They will go—willingly—deep behind enemy lines, taking on incredible odds and risking their lives in the hope of rescuing others. In the SAS Combat Handbook, you will be informed on all aspects of SAS operations. With never-before-seen photographs of these heroes in action and untold stories of individual acts of bravery, you will be taught the key combat methods that have made this military group exactly what they are: elite. Included are training tips that will teach you about various military tactics, such as: The art of cover and remaining hidden behind enemy lines The keys to covert insertion and extraction operations Counterterrorism skills, including building entry, ambush, and sniping Fire battles on land, in the air, or at sea And so much more From the gathering of intelligence to undercover operations, the SAS is made up of two hundred men who are rigorously selected, highly trained, and ready to face what others fear. They know what it takes to get the job done, and no matter the situation, their combat skills are the best in the business.

Praying for Rain

  • Filename: praying-for-rain.
  • ISBN: 0822218070
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 54
  • Author: Robert Lewis Vaughan
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

THE STORY: Marc, a high-school jock suddenly stripped of his identity after a near crippling motorcycle accident, has been adrift since the crash. His spiraling journey into self-destruction leads him into a lengthy detention with Miss K., a genero

The Mammoth Book Of Special Forces Training

  • Filename: the-mammoth-book-of-special-forces-training.
  • ISBN: 9781472111784
  • Release Date: 2015-01-22
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Author: Jon E. Lewis
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

In this encyclopedic book, Lewis provides insights into the origins, training, tactics, weapons and achievements of special forces and special mission units throughout the world, focusing particularly on US and UK forces. He also looks at the codes that that bind the members of these elite units together. He reveals training secrets in everything from wilderness survival to hand-to-hand combat. In doing so, he draws extensively on biographies, autobiographies, training manuals, interviews and press coverage of key operations. The elite forces covered include: The British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS), established in 1950, which has served as a model for the special forces of many countries. Its counter-terrorist wing famously took part in the hostage rescue during the siege of the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980. The Parachute Regiment, the airborne infantry element of 16 Air Assault Brigade, which spearheads the British Army’s rapid intervention capability. It is closely linked to United Kingdom Special Forces. The US Navy’s SEALS (Sea, Air, Land Teams), trained to conduct special operations in any environment, but uniquely specialised and equipped to operate from and in the sea. Together with speedboat-operating Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, they form the operational arm of the Naval Special Warfare community, the Navy component of the US Special Operations Command. Their special operations include: neutralizing enemy forces; reconnaissance; counter-terrorism (famously in the killing of Osama bin Laden); and training allies. The US Army’s Delta Force: The Special Mission Unit, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), known simply as Delta Force, the Army component of Joint Special Operations Command. Its role is counter-terrorism, direct action and national intervention operations, though it has the capability to conduct many different kinds of clandestine missions, including hostage rescues and raids. The US Army Rangers, a light infantry combat formation under the US Army Special Operation Command. The Green Berets – motto: ‘to free the oppressed’ – trained in languages, culture, diplomacy, psychological warfare and disinformation. Russia’s Spetsnaz, whose crack anti-terrorist commandos ended the Moscow theatre siege, and who have a reputation for being among the world’s toughest and most ruthless soldiers. Spetsnaz units saw extensive action in Afghanistan and Chechnya, often operating far behind enemy lines. Israeli Special Forces, especially Shayetet 13 (Flotilla 13), whose motto, in common with the rest of the Israeli military, is ‘Never again’, a reference to the Holocaust. They are particularly adept at the specifically Israeli martial art Krav Maga, which they dub ‘Jew-jitsu’.

He Who Dares

  • Filename: he-who-dares.
  • ISBN: 9780850526431
  • Release Date: 1998-08-12
  • Number of pages: 214
  • Author: David Sutherland
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword

The author is of the generation that went straight from school to fighting in World War 2. In He Who Dares, he describes some of the actions undertaken by the SAS and SBS and provides a glimpse of the work done by MI5 in the post-war era'

Behind the Lines

  • Filename: behind-the-lines.
  • ISBN: 9781612001838
  • Release Date: 2013-09-30
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Michael F. Dilley
  • Publisher: Casemate

The array of new technologies that came on the scene in the early 20th century resulted in widely varied new forms of military special operations once civilization embarked on its greatest war. Suddenly, fighting men could be delivered by parachute, submarine, glider, jeeps, and fast amphibious craft deep into enemy territory to perform special tasks; yet others would continue to perform missions the same as their ancestors in previous warsÑon foot using stealth, endurance and patience. This work contains discussions of the employment of various special purpose, special mission organizations during World War II. These units operated in Allied and Axis countries and in various theaters of war including Europe, North Africa, the Pacific, Asia, and the continental United States. Representing every major combatant, the operations include various kinds of raids, intelligence gathering missions, support to partisan/guerrilla groups, prisoner rescues, direct-action missions, and at least two where the object was simply to steal something. Some missions would have been officially denied if the operations had been caught in the act. The book is divided into two sections: Behind Enemy Lines and Behind Friendly Lines, to demonstrate that special-purpose organizations can be employed wherever needed, even in areas controlled by military units of their own or allied countries. Many of the units described run the gamut of special mission types, from commando to parachute units, reconnaissance to sabotage units, and partisan training units as well as those with combined missions. Many of the operations described in this book continue to serve as templates for modern Special Operations missions, while still othersÑthe first attempts of their kindÑcontinue to serve as examples of what not to try under the circumstances. Michael F. Dilley served for 20 years in the U.S. ArmyÕs Military Intelligence branch. After retiring from the Army, the author served for about ten years as an employee of the Department of Defense, then as a contractor for various U.S. Government agencies in several fields for 15 years. Author of several books and many articles, a number of these chapters are based on his previous writings for the legendary Behind the Lines magazine.

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