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The Regiment

15 Years in the SAS
Narrated by: Dean Williamson
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

Newly revised and available in audio, this is the unforgettable chronicle of Rusty Firmin’s combat experiences - a fascinating and intimate portrayal of what it was like to be part of the world's most respected special operations force.  

From its early beginnings in World War II, the Special Air Service (SAS) has won renown in some of the most dramatic, dangerous and controversial military special operations of the 20th century. It is a secretive and mysterious unit, whose operations and internal structures are hidden from the public eye. Now, one of its longest-serving veterans offers a glimpse into the shadowy world of the SAS. Rusty Firmin spent an incredible 15 years with 'The Regiment' and was a key figure in the assault of the Iranian Embassy in London in May 1980.

©2016 Rusty Firmin (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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WHAT A LOAD OF SELF LOATHING GUFF

I am a fan of Military memoirs. But some are just a vehicle for the author to bemoan about or (‘Set the record straight’) about fellow servicemen and or authors. This man certainly falls into that category. The whole undertone is of him being ‘hard done by’ The story is unremarkable, the narration is appalling. And there seems to be no discernible ark to his anecdotes. Do yourself a favour and buy ‘Seven troop’ or ‘The Operator’. Brilliantly compelling, funny and action packed military memoirs that do not make you feel like you listened to a boring, bitter, drunk for 8 hours and live with the knowledge that you will never recoup that time.

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Not the best SAS Book

The story was laboured! The narrator makes the author sound bitter! well worth avoiding .

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Great book and insight

Really good book, thanks Rusty for sharing your story of SAS life. Such a shame how you were treated towards the end. Life goes on

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Great story

I loved the book. Only down side of the audio book was the boring sounding narrator (not Rusty)

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What a life to have lived and still be able to tell the story

Very interesting and well written book it’s nice to here that from a boy with very little prospect become a man and a member of the world’s most elite regiment and by all accounts in the book could tuner his hand to pretty much anything. Hope the next book is just as gripping as this one 10 out of 10 from me 👍

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Really enjoyed this book.

A fascinating insight into his career. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this topic or even if you don't. was narrated well. Couldn't put it down once I started.

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Quality read

Really enjoyed this no nonsense story. Brilliant pace and kept me intrigued from start to finish. excellent narration

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Simple, honest & effective.

Having read many memoirs on modern military history Rusty’s book is a real pleasure to read linking key characters and events across his time in the Special forces. It is honest talking and leads with no exaggeration whilst Dean Williamson’s performance fits a similar voice profile to Rusty’s. I can’t tell you how enjoyable it is to listen to an account that doesn’t include a figure blowing ones own trumpet to kingdom come and Rusty at times brings out a comical smile with how plainly he tells it. Overall: A legend talking about legends whilst maintaining his humble self throughout.

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A good insight into ones man's SAS experience.

An excellent book, well read by the performer and an interesting insight behind some of the regiments more interesting operations.

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Excellent account

Too many have over described the SAS and almost devalued it for the cost of sales, this account however gives enough detail to engage but keeps the air of mystique around the operators. Maybe contains the phrase “went for a few beers” too often