A Special Forces expert reveals the illustrated story of the SAS since the Falklands War, including their operations in the Gulf War and the War on Terror.
Highly trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world. Their missions are uniquely diverse, ranging from counter-terrorist responses at home and abroad; counter-insurgency in collaboration with US Delta Force and other foreign Special Forces; mobile operations in support of conventional forces; targeting terrorist leaders and man-hunting war criminals, to 'direct action' raids.
This book charts the changing organization and operational emphases of the Regiment over the past 25 years; its individual deployments and operations, including those planned but aborted, joint missions with other British and foreign units. It sheds light on the SAS's involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the widespread use of the SAS in counter terrorism and counterinsurgency operations since 9/11. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs and superb artwork plates.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: formation; brief overview of ops from WW II to Falklands War 1982 /The Embassy Effect – worldwide interest since Iranian Embassy counter-terrorist op in 1980 – foreign training ops /Op 'Banner' – the SAS in Northern Ireland /Op 'Granby' 1990-91 – the SAS in the First Gulf War /The 1990s – the Balkans, and Sierra Leone /Op 'Veritas' 2001 – frustrating first ops in Afghanistan /Op 'Row' 2003 – Task Force 14 in Iraq /Op 'Telic' 2003–2009 – Task Force Black & TF Knight in Iraq - joint ops with US SF /Op 'Herrick 2006–2014 – Task Force 84 in Afghanistan /Weapons, Equipment & Vehicles /Special Forces Support Group /Commonwealth SAS - Australia & New Zealand