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Rogue heroes : the history of the SAS, Britain's secret special forces unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of war

Author: Ben Macintyre
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue. Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: David Stirling; Jock Lewes; Jock Lewes; David Stirling
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Macintyre
ISBN: 9781101904183 1101904186
OCLC Number: 968771854
Description: xvi, 379 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Into the dark --
War in the desert --
War in Europe.
Responsibility: Ben MacIntyre.

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The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue. Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most. --Publisher

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