Death before dishonour: true stories of the special forces by Nicholas Davies

By Nicholas Davies

Long ago thirty years, the devastating results of foreign terror have compelled their manner into the realm affairs. To counter this new risk to civilisation - and to the protection of standard humans - a brand new breed of soldier was once created to struggle the terrorist on their lonesome phrases. Armed to the hilt with the main hi-tech weaponry the fashionable army global promises, and informed to strive against the enemies of the international locations they serve with a wide ranging ruthless potency, the legend of those males is as impressive because the battles that they struggle. Authoritative and nail-biting, Death ahead of Dishonour captures the drama, motion, soreness and glory of the main extraordinary operations ever undertaken by means of the world's quite a few targeted Forces. For the 1st time ever, it unearths the reality at the back of their bloodiest battles, and offers best mystery information regarding the terrifying strategies and gadgetry they hire.

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The SAS Regiment was born. Later Stirling would write about the guiding principles of his brainchild: Strategic operations demand, for the achievement of success, a total exploitation of surprise and of guile. A bedrock principle of this new regiment was its organisation into modules or sub-units of four men. Hitherto, battalion strength formations, whether Airborne formations or Commandos, had no basic sub-unit smaller than a section or a troop consisting of an NCO plus eight or ten men… In the SAS each of the four men was trained to a high general level of proficiency in the whole range of the SAS capability and, additionally, each man was trained to have at least one special expertise according to his aptitude.

Then let him have it and finish him off with your hatchet. Even today most of the world’s Special Forces, including Britain’s Special Air Service, or SAS, and the US Rangers, make use of this wisdom in their operations. The history of the past few hundred years is dotted with missions undertaken by special soldiers using these tactics, which demonstrates that ambushing and skirmishing can prove highly successful against a large regular army. For example, in the Peninsular War of the early nineteenth century, the Duke of Wellington realised his British forces were not sufficient to tackle Napoleon’s French army and used Spanish irregular forces to harass the enemy.

I think you had better read this, sir,’ Stirling said, handing the surprised Ritchie his memo. Still on his crutches, Stirling then withdrew, helped by the MPs. To his amazement, three days later he was recalled to talk over the idea with both Ritchie and Auchinleck, and within weeks he was promoted to the rank of captain and told to recruit and train sixty-six Commandos for his revolutionary idea. The SAS Regiment was born. Later Stirling would write about the guiding principles of his brainchild: Strategic operations demand, for the achievement of success, a total exploitation of surprise and of guile.

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