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Didn t enjoy this as much as I thought I would It s a good insight into the formation of the SAS though For me reading this book followed the same pattern as The Defence of the Realm, by Christopher Andrew a nice fat non fiction tome about British intelligence military history that I tucked into with abandon at first but then had to stop reading as I found myself becoming almost uncomfortably overstuffed with information But oh, what information I loved the tales of derring do, especially those of Paddy Mayne, he who ripped out aircraft instrument panels with his bare hands, blew up a railway l For me reading this book followed the same pattern as The Defence of the Realm, by Christopher Andrew a nice fat non fiction tome about British intelligence military history that I tucked into with abandon at first but then had to stop reading as I found myself becoming almost uncomfortably overstuffed with information But oh, what information I loved the tales of derring do, especially those of Paddy Mayne, he who ripped out aircraft instrument panels with his bare hands, blew up a railway line no fewer than seven times then was told by HQ to stop as the British were now using the line , and did a parachute drop while wearing formal service dress and carrying a wind up gramophone and records in his leg bag What a character I also liked the way the story was told as a former SAS member, Asher speaks the jargon and uses it well Of course, I may have an advantage in interpreting military jargon because I come across a lot of it at work, but I still think it s fairly accessible Recommended for military history buffs Great read, a thorough, engaging and compelling account of the SAS, especially its early heroes. Probably the best history of the special air service around This appears to be a concise history of the Special Air Service It s good reading and I enjoyed it, however I would like to find outabout the author s background to lendvalidity to the later chapters primarily the period after the Falkland s War since there seem to be so many conflicting accounts of later SAS history When I got past all the illustrations I found the footnotes and references so it is well researched That makes meconfidant of his information. I am revisting this book simply because of my current borderline obsession with T.E Lawrence and Asher s thorough biography of him that I am currently reading This book first came to my attention when I was seeking out information, books, history s etc of the British SAS as told by former memembers At the time I believe my SAS book collection to number only a dozen or so books now closer to 50 and was keen to learn of Asher s experiences, interpretations of events and personal reflections A I am revisting this book simply because of my current borderline obsession with T.E Lawrence and Asher s thorough biography of him that I am currently reading This book first came to my attention when I was seeking out information, books, history s etc of the British SAS as told by former memembers At the time I believe my SAS book collection to number only a dozen or so books now closer to 50 and was keen to learn of Asher s experiences, interpretations of events and personal reflections As with so many former SAS personal, Ahser attempt to pack as much experience into his life as feasibly possible The insert of the dust jacket reads like a list of accomplishements of a dozen people I am not re reading this book currently rather referencing events and locations in order to better understand Ahser and his journey to unravel further the legend of Lawrence of Arabia |DOWNLOAD EPUB ☣ The Regiment: The Real Story of the SAS ♇ From the bestselling author of The Real Bravo Two Zero comes the definitive history of the world s most elite fighting force the SAS Breathtaking bravery, astonishing feats of endurance, raids and battles described with terrific immediacy and pace Compelling and definitive will surely not be bettered Sunday TelegraphOnMay , 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 capturedFor 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 worldIn The Regiment, Michael Asher a former soldier inSAS Regiment examines the evolution of the special forces idea and investigates the real story behind the greatest military legend of the late twentieth century Detailed, scathingly honest Asher has brought the critical eye of the knowledgeable insider to his in depth study of SAS operations and personalities HeraldPraise for Michael Asher This is the most complete picture of the Sudanese campaigns that has yet been published a vigorous and engrossing narrative Philip Ziegler, Daily Telegraph A staggering achievement Asher has delivered a scintillating tale of a period of history that deserves to be remembered Guardian This is the most complete history of the SAS I have seen It follows all the ops, all the personalities Written by an ex member, this history has all the successes and all the mistake writ large I totally enjoyed reading it and think almost anyone would have a great time with this book And a must have for any wargamer military history enthusiast. These guys run an ultra with a 50kg bergen on their backs, kill themselves physically and then have the mental capacity to begin their jobs.