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The Regiment: The Real Story of the SAS (2007)

by Michael Asher

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For me reading this book followed the same pattern as The Defence of the Realm, by Christopher Andrew: a nice fat non-fiction tome about British intelligence/military history that I tucked into with abandon at first but then had to stop reading as I found myself becoming almost uncomfortably overstuffed with information. But oh, what information! I loved the tales of derring-do, especially those of Paddy Mayne, he who ripped out aircraft instrument panels with his bare hands, blew up a railway line no fewer than seven times (then was told by HQ to stop as the British were now using the line), and did a parachute drop while wearing formal service dress and carrying a wind-up gramophone and records in his leg-bag. What a character. I also liked the way the story was told -- as a former SAS member, Asher speaks the jargon and uses it well. Of course, I may have an advantage in interpreting military jargon because I come across a lot of it at work, but I still think it's fairly accessible. Recommended for military history buffs. ( )
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Michael Asher - a former soldier in 23 SAS Regiment - examines the evolution of the special forces idea and investigates the real story behind the greatest military legend of the late 20th century.

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