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"The regiment is the man and the man is the Regiment" David Stirling

The idea was simple, instead of sending a large force to attack the enemy send a small force to hit a vital, tender point, it would be unexpected and hard to counteract. During the first months of 1941 in the Middle East, David Stirling of the Guards Commando's was developing this idea, when Layforce (a group of commando units under the direction of Robert Laycock) was disbanded Stirling had time to develop the idea further.

The Commando unit No 8 of which Stirling was a part had been involved in 3 raids, two on communications centres, one on an airfield. Each operation involved some 200 troops; none were successful mainly because such troop movements allowed no element of surprise.
Shortly after this Stirling was involved in a parachute accident which resulted in two months in hospital, this gave him the chance to make rough notes on his idea.

After literally breaking into GHQ in Cairo on his crutches and thrusting his notes into the hand of Major General Neil Ritchie, he was summoned back three days later to discuss his plans. Stirling was promoted to Captain and instructed to select and train the units he needed and plan operations, the first of which would involve attacks on airfields at Tmimi and Gazala. The new unit became known as L Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade and aimed to recruit seven officers and sixty men. Many came from Layforce who were first class officers and well used to night-time and desert operations.

On 16th November 1941, 64 members of L Detachment parachuted from 5 Bombay Aircraft to 5 separate drop zones. It was a total disaster, due to high winds not one aircraft dropped accurately, one aircraft landed on a German airfield. Of the 64 men, 4 officers and 18 NCO's/pvt's returned, this was the first and last parachute operation in the desert. Returning from the operation Stirling met up with David Lloyd Owen of the LRDG (Long Range Desert Group) who upon hearing of the disastrous mission suggested they take Stirling's men and equipment. The LRDG could move quickly, drop the men within a few miles of their target and arrange transport back, thus began the long association between the LRDG and the SAS.

 

The Special Air Service
or S.A.S. are widley regarded as the most effective and highley trained elite insertion regiment in the world.

True Stories

Story 1
Here the SAS blow up German planes at Sirte.

Story 2
The SAS attack ports in North Africa.

Story 3
Fantastic story of an SAS jeep raid on an airfield.

Story 4
The final story of David Stirling revealing his fate during WWII

Story 5
Blowing up railways in Italy

Story 6
The SAS team up with the 101st Airborne Division

Story 7
The SAS operations in France

Story 8
Operation Loyton and Tombola 1944/1945

The final SAS WWII story is a 3 part series, we saved the best till last.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Special Hitlers SAS Orders
This horrific document shows the actual orders for the execution of SAS POW's

Story 9
The dramatic story of the Irainian Embassy seige in London 1980.
Part 2

Story 10
An excellent story of the SAS in action during Desert Storm, 3 parts.

Part1
Part2
Part3

Story 11
This is more of a History of the SAS in some very covert operations and makes excellent reading.

Story 12
The battle of Mirbat, the battle is by far one of the most famous stand-offs in the regiment's history, many have compared it to the famous battle at Rourkes Drift.

Weapons of the SAS

Vickers MG

Bren Gun

B.A.R.
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