SAS Combat Vehicles 1942–91

SAS Combat Vehicles 1942–91

New Vanguard 295
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Illustrator: Henry Morshead, Irene Cano Rodríguez
  • Short code: NVG 295
  • Publication Date: 27 May 2021
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The SAS, the world's most famous special operations unit, made its name in the desert of North Africa, shooting up Axis airfields from specially modified Willys jeeps. Following the start of the El Alamein offensive in October 1942, the SAS used jeeps effectively in reconnoitring and ambushing the retreating Afrika Korps. After the conclusion of the North African campaign, the Willys underwent several small but significant changes, including the introduction of the .303 Browning machine gun.

Between June and October 1944, the SAS brigade operated deep inside Occupied France, harassing Germans reinforcements heading to Normandy, calling up air strikes on installations, and carrying out reconnaissance missions - all made possible with jeeps dropped by the RAF. Jeeps were also used in the push into Germany in the spring of 1945. Transported across the Rhine in 'Buffalo' amphibious landing craft, they formed part of the vanguard of the Allied advance, and their agility, speed and firepower proved crucial in crushing fanatical pockets of Nazi resistance.

22SAS in 1952, the regiment adopted the Series 1 Land Rover - introduced in 1948 - as the successor to the Willys jeep. A decade later the Regiment updated to the Series IIA 90 Land Rover, which saw service in the Oman and Aden, where its distinctive colour led to the 'Pink Panther' nickname. In the 1970s, the SAS begin using Range Rovers for covert operations while the Land Rover 110 HCPU became the SAS's new Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV) in the 1991 Gulf War. This book describes the successful deployment of these combat vehicles in SAS operations from the Second World War to the present day and gives a rare insight into one of the most prestigious and secret forces of modern times.

Biographical Note

Gavin Mortimer is a writer, historian and television consultant whose ground-breaking book Stirling's Men remains the definitive history of the wartime SAS. Drawing on interviews with more than sixty veterans, most of whom had never spoken publicly, the book was the first comprehensive account of the SAS brigade. He has also written histories of the SBS, Merrill's Marauders and LRDG, again drawing heavily on veteran interviews. He was the historical consultant on the 2017 BBC documentary about the wartime SAS and has visited France as a WW2 tour guide with serving members of the Regiment.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
SELF-SUFFICIENCY: THE BLITZ BUGGY
SAS DESERT JEEPS
THE ITALIAN JOB, 1943
SPROUTING WINGS: JEEPS IN FRANCE, 1944
INTO GERMANY
POST-WAR: THE LAND ROVER ERA
FURTHER READING
INDEX


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