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Rogue heroes : the history of the SAS, Britain's secret special forces unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of war / Ben MacIntyre.

Author/Creator:
Macintyre, Ben, 1963- author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Crown, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
xvi, 380 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Great Britain. Army. Special Air Service -- History.
Great Britain. Army. Special Air Service.
World War (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Great Britain.
Special forces (Military science) -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
HISTORY / Military / World War II.
TRUE CRIME / Espionage.
HISTORY / Europe / Great B.
Commando troops
Regimental histories.
Special forces (Military science)
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
Prologue: Into the dark
WAR IN THE DESERT
Cowboy soldier
L detachment
Recruits
Into the desert
The long range desert group
Devil country
A party of ghosts
Blitz buggy
Benghazi bed-and-breakfast
Seven airfields
Mass sabotage at Sidi Haneish
Desert doctors
Quite, quite mad
Alamein
WAR IN EUROPE
Italy
Bulbasket
Houndsworth
An eye for an eye
Paddy McGinty's goat
A predilection for risk
Battaglione Alleata
Into the Reich
Liberation
Who dares survives.
WAR IN THE DESERT
Cowboy Soldier
L Detachment
Recruits
Into the Desert
The Long Range Desert Group
Devil Country
A Party of Ghosts
Blitz Buggy
Benghazi Bed-And-Breakfast
Seven Airfields
Mass Sabotage At Sidi Haneish
Desert Doctors
Quite, Quite Mad
Alamein
WAR IN EUROPE
Italy
Bulbasket
Houndsworth
An Eye for an Eye
Paddy McGinty's for Risk
Battaglione Alleata
Into the Reich
Liberation
Who Dares Survives.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-364) and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: In memory of Irvin J. Borowsky from the fund provided by Laurie Wagman.
ISBN:
110190416X
9781101904169
9781101904176
OCLC:
934676482
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