Post-World War II

Special Air Service (SAS)

A - G

Bradley, Anthony. Requiem for a Spy: The Killing of Robert Nairac. Cork and Dublin: Mercier Press, 1992.

Connor, Ken. Ghost Force: The Secret History of the SAS. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.

British Special Air Service from WWII to the present.

Crawford, Steve.

1. SAS at Close Quarters: Great Battles of the SAS. London: Pan Macmillan, 1993. [pb] New ed. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1994.

2. The SAS Encyclopedia: The Definitive Companion to the World's Crack Regiment. London: Simon & Schuster, 1996. London: Lewis International, 1998. Boulder, CO: Paladin, 2000.

Wahla, http://www.specwarnet.com/reviews/sas_encyclopedia.htm, comments that this book "covers every aspect of the SAS. From its birth in the deserts of North Africa, through the '50's and '60's, the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, and the battles against terrorism and the drug barons, the book gives detail and history that one would have to read dozens of books to find by oneself."

3. SAS Gulf Warriors: The Story Behind "Bravo Two Zero." London: Simon & Schuster, 1995. 1996. [pb]

From publisher: "The 1991 Gulf War ... saw the biggest deployment of SAS soldiers to an operational theatre since World War II. Some of their exploits, notably the ordeal of the patrol code-named 'Bravo Two Zero', have become well known.... Aiming to provide a fuller record of the operations, this book incorporates first-hand accounts,... and also discusses aspects such as the co-operation between the British and American special forces during the campaign, and the strategic role of the SAS."

Davies, Barry.

1. The Complete Encyclopedia of the SAS. London: Virgin Publishing, 1998. [pb] New ed. 2003.

2. SAS: The Illustrated History. London: Virgin Publishing, 1997.

Wahla, http://www.specwarnet.com/reviews/sas_illus_hist.htm, notes that while the book "concentrates on the modern era of the Falklands, the Gulf War and the unit's role in the battle against international terrorism,... [it] also looks back at the campaigns of World War II and covers every major theatre of war in which the SAS has been involved."

Dickens, Peter. SAS -- Secret War in South-East Asia: 22 Special Air Service Regiment in the Borneo Campaign, 1963-1966. London: Greenhill via Presidio Press, 1991. New York: Ballantine, 1992. [pb]

Evans, Michael, and Roger Maynard. "SAS Men Planned Rescue of Jungle Hostages." Times (London), 13 Jul. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk

On the eve of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation program claiming that "SAS hostage-rescue experts were involved in the release of four Britons held for four months in 1996" in Irian Jaya by the Free Papua Movement (OPM), "authoritative sources close to the regiment [have] confirmed that four to six of its members had helped to plan the operation" but "did not take part in the mission itself."

Ford, Sarah. One Up: A Woman in Action with the SAS. London: HarperCollins, 1997. New York: HarperCollins, 1997. [pb]

According to CASIS Intelligence Newsletter 31/28, this autobiographical book describes the author's "two years as a member of the 14 Intelligence Company of the British Special Air Service (SAS)." The unit, formed in 1974, "provide[s] surveillance in the most hostile parts of Northern Ireland." West, History 26.1, notes that this book is written by the first woman member of this "extraordinarily secretive" unit. The organization "mounts highly sophisticated surveillance operations." See also, James Rennie, The Operators (1997).

Geraghty, Tony.

1. Inside the SAS: 1950-1980. Nashville, TN: Battery Press, 1981. [pb] New York: Random House, 1981. 1982. [pb]

2. Who Dares Wins: The Story of the Special Air Service, 1950-1980. London: Arms & Armour Press, 1980. [pb] London: HarperCollins, 1981. Who Dares Wins: The Special Air Service, 1950 to the Gulf War. London: Time Warner, 2002.

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