An Illustrated History
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Since its formation in World War II, the SAS has been widely regarded as the best-trained and most effective Special Forces unit in existence. For a unit as widely known and admired, the SAS is notoriously secretive—but in an unprecedented act, they have opened their archives to acclaimed author Gavin Mortimer. Turning to the SAS’s World War II exploits, Mortimer draws on over 100 hours of interviews with veterans, who recount the unit’s birth in 1941, dramatic desert raids against Axis airfields, training of personnel, how the French Resistance helped the regiment, and much more. Embellished with 150 stunning photographs, The SAS in World War II is a fascinating history of a legendary unit’s most dramatic exploits.
Hardcover Book : 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( November 20, 2011 )
Item #: 13-491923
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.5 inches
Product Weight: 38.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I read The Phantom Major in the early 60's and have always looked for more on the SAS. The Phantom Major read like a novel and left off in Africa. This is more of a complete covering of the history of the SAS. There is a generous number of pictures, the entire WW II history of the SAS including Italy, Normandy and Germany and it is well written. There were a number of interviews of the surviving veterans threaded into the narrative that contributed to the feeling of being there. The one quibble that I have is that the book moved through the desert years too quickly. Since the Phantom Major is out of print, that is a loss. I think that there is more that could be said about those years.
Reviewer: Pete W
This book is a good survey study of the origins of the British SAS in WWII. The illustrations show both the equipment and the environment in which they operated from North Africa, into Italy, and then Northern Europe.