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The SAS secret hidden since World War II
BBC News ^ | 25th September 2011 | Denise Winterman

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.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: sas

1 posted on 09/25/2011 3:20:03 AM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

“What color is the boat house at Herfordshire?”


2 posted on 09/25/2011 3:22:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How would I know?


3 posted on 09/25/2011 3:32:29 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Ernie Kaputnik

It’s a shiboleth


4 posted on 09/25/2011 3:36:20 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: the scotsman

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).


5 posted on 09/25/2011 3:46:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Surely they’ll put it out in kindle.


6 posted on 09/25/2011 4:03:50 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: the scotsman
John has a long mustache.
7 posted on 09/25/2011 4:19:18 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Smokin' Joe
At 975 pounds a copy, I’ll just have to wait for it to come out in paperback.

Even the paperback will weigh too much. Imagine moving it without a Hi-Lo.

8 posted on 09/25/2011 4:21:34 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What colour was a SAS jeep?


9 posted on 09/25/2011 4:25:10 AM PDT by usmcobra
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love that...


10 posted on 09/25/2011 4:31:58 AM PDT by steveyp
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“What color is the boat house at Herfordshire?”

A Google search states its a pub and in the satellite map, its sort of a light grayish colored building. But I get the impression, that's not the answer for which you're looking. ;)

11 posted on 09/25/2011 4:33:18 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: SkyPilot

My heart wounds with a monotonous langour.


12 posted on 09/25/2011 5:11:20 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is no boat house at Herfordshire, as Sean Bean discovered too late.


13 posted on 09/25/2011 5:11:29 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: steveyp

Except for De Niro’s appalling pronunciation of ‘Hereford’.


14 posted on 09/25/2011 5:12:22 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: the scotsman

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.


15 posted on 09/25/2011 5:24:55 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: the scotsman

Who Dares Wins.


16 posted on 09/25/2011 5:26:33 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: the scotsman
Molasses tomorrow will bring forth cognac.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePzwg0LyYL0

17 posted on 09/25/2011 5:46:27 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: jamaksin

They were the Greatest Generation.


18 posted on 09/25/2011 5:55:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is this word, “color”?


19 posted on 09/25/2011 6:00:57 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: the scotsman

Brave dudes. What a shame that they chose to nationalize health care and send their country into a death spiral.


20 posted on 09/25/2011 6:07:32 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: the scotsman

Worcestershire sauce.


21 posted on 09/25/2011 6:19:21 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: the scotsman

Colonel Blimp was deeply saddened.


22 posted on 09/25/2011 6:42:11 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: dog breath

‘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.


23 posted on 09/25/2011 6:58:31 AM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'll never understand why he didn't call DeNiro's bluff. I would have just said "White. White clapboard siding with a blue tile roof."

DeNiro never would have known.

24 posted on 09/25/2011 8:11:39 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: the scotsman

SAS Ping


25 posted on 09/25/2011 9:02:04 AM PDT by Chainmail
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
They were the Greatest Generation.

Yes, it was the generation that gave us the failed modern welfare state.

26 posted on 09/25/2011 1:38:38 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Over there.
Not over here.


27 posted on 09/25/2011 3:05:15 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Even worse over there.


28 posted on 09/25/2011 6:37:56 PM PDT by PAR35
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