World War II

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Special Air Service

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Ladd, James D. SAS Operations: More Than Daring. London: Hale, 1986. Rev. ed. 1997. 2007. [pb]

From publisher: "This book traces the variety of special operations from the first raids in the North African desert in World War II to the remarkable achievements in the Falklands' bleak terrain, the harsh deserts of Iraq, and the ethnic confusions of Bosnia."

Lett, Brian. SAS in Tuscany 1943-45. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword, 2011.

From publisher: This work describes three SAS "operations in enemy-occupied Italy during the latter half " of World War II. The ill-supported SPEEDWELL 2 (September 1943) ended in disaster. GALIA (winter 1944-1945) "tied up many thousands of enemy troops for nearly two months under extreme winter conditions," working in coordination with "an SOE mission led by Major Gordon Lett, the author's father." BLIMEY (April 1945) was overtaken by the Allied advance.

Lett, Gordon. Rossano: An Adventure of the Italian Resistance. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955. Rossano: Valley in Flames -- An Adventure of the Italian Resistance. Barnsley, UK: Frontline, 2011.

From publisher: "In July 1942, Major Gordon Lett was taken prisoner at the fall of Tobruk." He escaped from an Italian prison "at the Armistice of September 1943 ... and took to the mountains" where "he founded and led" a "band of highly-successful partisans, the Battaglione Internazionale. The group fought and harassed ... the Germans along the Magra valley from North of Pontremoli to La Spezia.... They were so influential to the success of the Allied advance that permanent lines of communication with the Allies were established, supplies dropped by air and, later, SAS troops sent in to assist the Brigade."

Lewes, John. Jock Lewes Co-Founder of the SAS. Barnsley, UK: Leo Cooper, 2000.

Foot, I&NS 16.1, notes that the author of this work is the subject's nephew. Jock Lewes teamed up with David Stirling to pioneer "a form of skilled warfare that has since become much more widely known."

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

Surveillant 1.1 notes that this is an "[a]ccount of the SAS which examines its history from its beginnings in WWII ... to the role of the regiment during the past 15 years."

McCue, Paul. Operation Bulbasket: Behind the Lines in Occupied France, 1944. London: Cooper, 1996.

McLuskey, J. Fraser. Parachute Padre: Behind German Lines with the SAS - France, 1944. London: SPA Books, 1989. New ed. Stevenage, UK: Strong Oak Press, 1997.

Mortimer, Gavin. Stirling's Men: The Inside History of the SAS in World War II. London: Orion, 2004.

From publisher: This work "investigates the story of the SAS from its creation by David Stirling to the last battles of World War II."

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

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."

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

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

Weale, Adrian. Secret Warfare: Special Operations from the Great Game to the SAS. London: Hodder & Stoughton. 1997.

Ian Burrell, "Lite Forces Club Kicks Out SAS Author," The Independent, 30 May 1997, reports that Weale was "thrown out of the elite Special Forces Club in Knightsbridge, west London, because of his involvement in writing books about the SAS." He "was expelled after a 40-minute dressing down by a disciplinary committee of the club". Weale "acted as an adviser to Sarah Ford, a female special forces operative, whose book One Up, A Woman in Action with the SAS, caused great controversy when it was published in March" 1997.

Wellsted, Ian. SAS with the Maquis: In Action with the French Resistance, June-September 1944. London: Greenhill, 1994. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 1997. [pb]

The author ("Gremlin") parachuted deep into France behind the German lines on the night of D-Day with the advance reconnaissance party for A Squadron, 1st SAS.

Wood, John S.E. "Britain's S.A.S. Regiment: Soldiers in the Shadows." Army 33 (Feb. 1983): 38-41.

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