SAS Speed, Aggression, Surprise : The Secret Origins of the Special Air Service

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Awesome!' ANDY McNAB | 'You must read this book' Colonel TIM COLLINS OBE | 'Extraordinary' Sir RANULPH FIENNES

Forget what you thought you knew. Discover the REAL story of how the SAS was created.


From ex-SAS Commander Tom Petch, this is the never-before-told story of how the world's preeminent Special Forces came into existence. Flashing between dramatic accounts from the frontlines and power negotiations in Westminster, it's an adventure that reaches from the trenches of the Western Front to piracy in the deserts of North Africa, to the final assault on Germany.

Drawing on hidden archives and told with captivating drama, it focuses on two characters largely overlooked in the traditional narrative - Dudley Clarke the mastermind, and William Fraser the frontline operator. Without them there would never have been an SAS.

'Gripping and fascinating... Packed with unforgettable characters and thrilling adventures' WILL IREDALE, bestselling author of The Pathfinders

Book information

ISBN: 9780753559406
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Imprint: WH Allen
Pub date:
DEWEY: 356.1670941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxiv, 470 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 360g
Height: 127mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 34mm