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  • The History of the SAS

  • As Told by the Men on the Ground
  • By: Chris Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (718 ratings)

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Summary

Forged to fight guerrillas in the sweltering jungles of Malaya.

Tasked with storming mountain strongholds in the desert.

Trained to hunt down the world's most wanted terrorists.

This is the extraordinary story of 22 SAS.

The history of the modern SAS is one of the great successes of postwar Britain. Since it was revived in 1950 to combat Communist insurgents, the Regiment has gone from strength to strength, fighting covert wars in Oman, Borneo, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Persian Gulf and beyond. In the process, it has become one of the most indispensable, and at times controversial, units in the British army.

Today, the SAS is regarded as the world's leading Special Forces unit, renowned for its demanding Selection course and its relentless ability to adapt to the changing nature of warfare. More than anything else, however, it is the determination and ingenuity of the SAS soldiers that has made the Regiment what it is today.

Drawing on his extensive network of contacts and his own experiences, Chris Ryan tells the story of the men on the ground. From the earliest patrols in the Malayan jungle, through to the storming of the Iranian embassy, the daring raids behind enemy lines in the Gulf War and up-to-minute missions to capture or kill notorious terrorists, this is the gripping, no-holds-barred account of Regiment operations. Above all, it is a story of elite soldiers fighting and triumphing against seemingly impossible odds.

©2019 Chris Ryan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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This book has definitely hit the mark.

Fantastic listen and didn't take many sittings to get through the 11hrs.

From chapter 1 through to the last sentence this book had me drawn in with the stories of the S.A.S. from training Ops through to full scale missions.

I will seeking out more books along the lines of this genre and flooding my ears with the stories.

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great insight

loved it. great insight to the sas and great stories from training to battlefield !

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everything you could want and need to know

very good, well delivered, in depth history of the sas, much enjoyed and would definitely recommend.

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Great book!

Fantastic insight into the SAS, it's origins and missions of past and present. Highly recommended.

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Thoroughly immersive experience of the SAS

Chris Ryan takes you, not only on a dramatic immersion into the backdrop to various historical campaigns, but the ‘boots on the ground’ mindset of troopers in various theatres. The book covers the transport, equipment and environment in minute detail. Even covering the experimentation and adaptation to equipment. The first chapter in the Malaysian jungle will leave you scratching...Jamie Parker’s narration feels like your sat right next to someone from The Regiment. For armchair troopers this book is a MUST HAVE. Inspiring, informative, immersive. Complete with various characters and humorous stories from the history of The SAS.

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Excellent insight from a true legend!

All was fantastic and audio read superbly and to a very high standard! A great insight into the everyday life of the working SAS

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Brilliant!!

Really great listen. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the amazing achievements of the betst SF regiment in the world.

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Fantastic

Addictive, well written, in depth account of the SAS.
100% recommend. Definitely well worth a credit

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fantastic book

it was a very good book to listen to always kept me wanting to hear the next paragraph

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A very good history

I realy enjoyed and I Highly recommend for people interested in military history or the SAS!

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