Post-World War II

Special Air Service (SAS)

H - Z

Harding, Thomas. "Exclusive: SAS Chief Quits Over 'Negligence That Killed His Troops.'" Telegraph (London), 1 Nov. 2008. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Maj. Sebastian Morley, commander of D Squadron, 23 SAS, in Afghanistan, "has resigned..., accusing the Government of 'gross negligence' over the deaths of four of his soldiers.... Morley claims that Whitehall officials and military commanders repeatedly ignored his warnings that people would be killed if they continued to allow troops to be transported in the vulnerable Snatch Land Rovers."

Harrison, Derrick. These Men Are Dangerous. London: Grafton, 1990.

Hoe, Alan, and Eric Morris. Re-Enter the SAS: The Special Air Service and the Malayan Emergency. London: Leo Cooper, 1994.

Jones, Tim.

1. Postwar Counterinsurgency and SAS, 1945-1952: A Special Type of Warfare. London & Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2001.

2. SAS: The First Secret Wars: The Unknown Years of Combat and Counter-Insurgency. London: Tauris, 2005.

3. SAS Zero Hour: The Secret Origins of the Special Air Service. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2006.

From publisher: The author "draws extensively on primary sources and a close examination of recent regiment histories. While not dismissing Stirling's considerable contributions, Jones takes into account the influence of such notables as Dudley Clarke and Archibald Wavell on the formation of the regiment."

MacDonald, Peter. The Special Air Service in Action. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1990.

McNab, Andy. Immediate Action. New York: Dell, 1996. London: Corgi, 1996.

From publisher: The author, who served in SAS 1984-1993, "chronicl[es] nine years of covert operations on five continents."

Murray, Raymond. The SAS in Ireland. Chester Springs, PA: Dufour Editions, 1992.

Parker, John. Death of a Hero. London: Metro, 1998.

Although Death of a Hero is ostensibly about Capt. Robert Nairac, Army Surveillance Unit member killed by the IRA in 1977, van Straubenzee, Spectator, 13 Mar. 1999, says the book "contains much background to the work of army intelligence and the Special Forces. It is very informative and immensely readable," although it does have some "annoying inaccuracies." See also, Anthony Bradley, Requiem for a Spy (1992).

Ratcliffe, Peter, with Noel Botham and Brian Hitchen. Eye of the Storm: Twenty-Five Years in Action with the SAS. London: Lewis International, 2000. [pb] London: Michael O'Mara, 2001.

From publisher: The author was "SAS's Regimental Sergeant-Major during the Gulf War.... Spanning action in Northern Ireland, Oman, and South Georgia and the Falklands, the author's SAS career reached its peak during the Gulf War.... [H]e provides the most authoritative explanation to date for the failure of the disastrous Bravo Two Zero patrol."

Rennie, James. The Operators. London: Century, 1997.

West, History 26.1, notes that this work is about the British Army's 14th Intelligence Company ("14 Int"), an "extraordinarily secretive" unit that "mounts highly sophisticated surveillance operations." See also, Sarah Ford, One Up (1997)

Ryan, Mike. Secret Operations of the SAS: From Deserts of Africa to the Mountains of Afghanistan. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Books, 2003. Secret Operations of the SAS. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks, 2003. [pb]

From publisher: This book "charts the early days of the Regiment, and follows their major combat actions right through to their current deployment in the war against terrorism. With specially commissioned colour artwork and rare action photographs, it is a highly illustrated guide to the combat history of the SAS."

Ryan, Mike. Special Operations in Iraq. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Books, 2005.

From publisher: This book "reveals the ... story of the Special Force units of the Coalition, such as the SAS, SBS and Delta Force.... It describes their missions behind the lines from the early days, well before hostilities opened formally.... The book also covers operations such as the spectacular rescue of POW Private Lynch and the secret operations to target Saddam and other leaders of his regime."

Shortt, James G. The Special Air Service and Royal Marines Special Boat Squadron. London: Osprey, 1981.

Simpson, John, with Mark Adkin. The Quiet Operator: Special Forces Signaller Extraordinary. London: Leo Cooper, 1993.

Foot, I&NS 9.3: "Len Willmott (1921-1993) ... entered the British Army as a boy signaller in 1937, operated in secret in Poland, Greece, France, and Holland during the Second World War, ran some line-crossers from east to west Germany, helped sort out the SAS from some of its worst tangles in Malaya, and emigrated to New Zealand to work in the security sevice when the army dropped him.... [Simpson] writes good, clear ... English, and tells the story as straight as he can ... and always tells the reader whether he knows or is guessing."

Thompson, Leroy. SAS: Great Britain's Elite Special Air Service. Osceola, WI: MBI, 1994.

Warner, Philip. The Special Air Service. London: HarperCollins, 1985. London: Time Warner Books, 1987.

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