Skip to comments.The SAS secret hidden since World War II
Posted on 09/25/2011 3:19:58 AM PDT by the scotsman
'A secret World War II diary of the British special forces unit, the SAS, has been kept hidden since it was created in 1946. Now it's being published for the first time to mark the 70th anniversary of the regiment. The BBC has exclusive access to the remarkable piece of history.
It was 1946; World War II was over and so was the Special Air Service, better known as the SAS.
Set up in 1941 by David Stirling, a lieutenant in the Scots Guards at the time, it had changed the way wars were fought, dispensing with standard military tactics and making up its own. But in the new post-war world those in charge no longer saw a need for the regiment. It had been disbanded and there were no plans to revive it.
But for one former SAS soldier it wasn't over. Determined that the regiment's story wouldn't fade away and become a footnote in history, he made it his job to find and preserve whatever documents and photographs he could before they were lost forever. It was his final SAS mission.
As it turned out the elite force's expertise was still needed and it was resurrected just a year later in 1947. And by then the soldier's personal mission had resulted in something unique - a diary of the SAS in WWII.'
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“What color is the boat house at Herfordshire?”
How would I know?
It’s a shiboleth
Rats. At 975 pounds a copy, I’ll just have to wait for it to come out in paperback. (I think it would sell well among WWII history buffs, though).
Surely they’ll put it out in kindle.
Even the paperback will weigh too much. Imagine moving it without a Hi-Lo.
What colour was a SAS jeep?
My heart wounds with a monotonous langour.
There is no boat house at Herfordshire, as Sean Bean discovered too late.
Except for De Niro’s appalling pronunciation of ‘Hereford’.
A guy I worked with used to tell me stories of his Croatian American father working with the resistance behind the lines in the former Yugoslavia during the war. Sounded like some very brutal bloody work. There was an SAS connection there but I never could quite follow whether they were simply working with or actually for the SAS.
Who Dares Wins.
They were the Greatest Generation.
What is this word, “color”?
Brave dudes. What a shame that they chose to nationalize health care and send their country into a death spiral.
Colonel Blimp was deeply saddened.
‘With’ probably, he most likely would have been OSS (Sterling Hayden being the most famous OSS agent in Yugoslavia). The British used the SOE.
The SAS were used in that area, both mainland and the few Yugoslav islands, but it was the SOE and OSS who were the main allied support.
DeNiro never would have known.
Yes, it was the generation that gave us the failed modern welfare state.
Not over here.
Even worse over there.