TABLE OF CONTENTS LIST OF APPENDICES PART ONE - BACKGROUND CHAPTER ONE - INTRODUCTION CHAPTER TWO - ORIGINS OF THE SAS CHAPTER THREE - STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT PART TWO - IMPERIAL POLICING CHAPTER FOUR - MALAYAN EMERGENCY CHAPTER FIVE - SOUTH ARABIA (JEBEL AKHDAR, OMAN; RADFAN AND ADEN) CHAPTER SIX - BORNEO CHAPTER SEVEN - DHOFAR, OMAN PART THREE - CONVENTIONAL WARS CHAPTER EIGHT - FALKLANDS WAR CHAPTER NINE - FIRST GULF WAR PART FOUR - COUNTERING TERRORISM AND INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS CHAPTER TEN - NORTHERN IRELAND CHAPTER ELEVEN - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM CHAPTER TWELVE - SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS/ PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS PART FIVE CHAPTER THIRTEEN - CONCLUSION APPENDICES BIBLIOGRAPHY LIST OF APPENDICES APPENDICES 1. Letter from Brigadier Mike Calvert to the Officers of the SAS Brigade - 12 October 1945. 2. Letter written by Colonel JF Woodhouse to Mars and Minerva - 9 December 1981. 3. Letter from GHQ FARELF to the War Office about the Malayan Scouts (SAS) - 22 December 1951. 4. Operation CLARET - Rules for Cross Border Deployment during Confrontation in Borneo. 5. Special Air Service Regiment - Tenets 6. "We are the Pilgrims, master...........". The history of the words on the Clock tower at the Headquarters of 22 Special Air Service Regiment.
The book not only offers a revelatory history of the SAS in the modern period, it is also a disturbing expose of the truth behind the myth. It will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the British military - past, present and future.
Alastair MacKenzie comes from a military family of long standing and he served as an officer with the New Zealand infantry in South Vietnam and in the special forces of South Africa, Oman and the UK, where for four years he was troop commander in the 22nd Special Air Services Regiment. After his retirement as a full-time Army officer he enjoyed a successful commercial career with Royal Ordnance and British Aerospace before setting up his own consultancy firm. In civilian life he retained an involvement with the Territorial Army as an SAS officer and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2001. He obtained his PhD in Politics in 2005 and is the author of a number of articles for military journals.
'A thought-provoking, hard-hitting insider critique that raises important questions about SAS operations.' - Tim Jones, author of SAS, the First Secret Wars (I.B.Tauris)