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    The SAS in 1944.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...-who-dare.html

    This article is in today's Daily Torygraph. There is evidently a new limited release book detailing SAS actions in the early period of that regiment's existence. The primary source is the SAS's own mission notes/records.

    At the start of the article is an account of an attack on a company sized unit of SS in a village called Les Ormes near Auxerre in France. This SS unit were about to conduct executions of civilians in reprisal for an earlier SAS attack. The SAS patrol - two jeeps in total - so no more than 6 or 8 men, launched a frontal attack with no preparation, inflicting 70 casaulties for 1 casaulty of their own.

    Amazing story.
    Last edited by Claret_Dabbler; 23-09-2011 at 10:58.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Hi
    I think you will find that this was on operation Bulbasket led by Captain John Tonkin. I used to own various items that belonged to John Fielding, who took part in that mission, including his 1st Pattern Fairbain Sykes fighting knife. The SAS lost 32 men who were exectuted by the SS when caught in a piece of woodland. There is a memorial next to the wood where this happened. Bulbasket started on the 5th June 44, the night prior to D-Day, and orders where to blow up and disrupt supply lines to the front line as the main assult force landed on the beaches. The bravery of the special forces, Commando units and SOE during the war still amazes me.

    Paul

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    Sorry just read the article. Bulbasket, Kipling and Claymore all ran at around the same time. But Bulbasket was and still is the biggest single loss of men the Regiment has ever suffered.

    Paul

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    Saw it on Breakie news this morning, looks amazing, a huge leather-bound tome covering every mission/assignment undertaken well worth a read I'm sure!

    Heard a rumour prices start at 975 (no missing . ) for the cheapie version rising to 7 figures for the swanky edition.

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    So there wont be a kindle version...
    I bet it is a cracking read

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    Met one of them on Mull, great crack. Well into his seventies then and still looked a hard nut. Grumbled that the SAS should be split.His comment "Mostly recruited from the Guards nought but a load of useless ******* Too big, too noticeable, and too soft. Should have these dispay boys for the bodyguarding fancy stuff and get some real SAS types in for the hard stuff,"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo123p View Post
    Met one of them on Mull, great crack. Well into his seventies then and still looked a hard nut. Grumbled that the SAS should be split.His comment "Mostly recruited from the Guards nought but a load of useless ******* Too big, too noticeable, and too soft. Should have these dispay boys for the bodyguarding fancy stuff and get some real SAS types in for the hard stuff,"
    Shows how much he knows

    The SAS was started from the Scots Guards by a Capt David Stirling 22 SAS still has G squadron to this day .

    Watch the originals on the TV discovery channel, the guys were no different from any other soldier, just trained in a different way and all volunteers knowing what could happen, just may happen a lot faster where the were going .

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    and wheres all the money going to from the sale of these books

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    Quote Originally Posted by trouble View Post
    and wheres all the money going to from the sale of these books
    To the Regimental Association - and then on to help the wounded/disabled soldiers

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