SAS: The Illustrated History of the SAS


16 June 2023
SAS: The Illustrated History of the SAS SAS: The Illustrated History of the SAS

This is the authorised history of the SAS in WWII. What’s good about it is that it sets out how and why the force was developed and those units and people that influenced it, such as the eccentric Dudley Clarke, the charismatic Lawrence of Arabia and especially, the Long Range Desert Group. It was in the deserts of North Africa that the SAS began their war, often being transported by the LRDG, and here is where action hots up with notable raids and actions listed. Being an official account, the author had access to the SAS archives which means there are plenty of photos as well. They could have been better served by printing in a larger size as most are fairly small, though the paper quality is superb. From the desert the war moved to Europe and this forms the last third of this fascinating and highly recommended account.

  • William Collins Books
  • ISBN 978-0-0085-4995-4
  • 314 pages. Hardback. £25



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