The SAS 1983–2014

Author(s): Leigh Neville

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Highly-trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world. Their missions are uniquely diverse:counter-terrorist responses at home and abroad; deep penetration for reconnaissance and guiding air strikes; training and supporting indigenous forces; counter-insurgency in collaboration with U.S. Delta Force, SEAL Team Six, and other foreign Special Forces; mobile operations in support of conventional forces; targeting terrorist leaders and manhunting war criminals, to "direct action" raids.

This book charts the changing organization and operational emphases of the regiment over the past twenty-five years, as well as its individual deployments and operations, including those planned but aborted and joint missions with other British and foreign units. It sheds light on the SAS's involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the widespread use of the SAS in counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations since 9/11.


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A Special Forces expert reveals the story of the SAS since the Falklands War, including their operations in the Gulf War and the War on Terror. Will appeal strongly to all customers interested in Special Forces and other modern military subjects.

Leigh Neville is an Australian national currently living and working in Sydney. He has travelled and worked internationally, was based in Europe for ten years, and now works for a large American consultancy; he is currently completing a Masters programme in International Studies. He has previously written: Elite 163, Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and Elite 170, Special Operations Forces in Iraq. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Introduction: formation; brief overview of ops from WW II to Falklands War 1982 /The Embassy Effect - worldwide interest since Iranian Embassy counter-terrorist op in 1980 - foreign training ops /Op 'Banner' - the SAS in Northern Ireland /Op 'Granby' 1990-91 - the SAS in the First Gulf War /The 1990s - the Balkans, and Sierra Leone /Op 'Veritas' 2001 - frustrating first ops in Afghanistan /Op 'Row' 2003 - Task Force 14 in Iraq /Op 'Telic' 2003-2009 - Task Force Black & TF Knight in Iraq - joint ops with US SF /Op 'Herrick 2006-2014 - Task Force 84 in Afghanistan /Weapons, Equipment & Vehicles /Special Forces Support Group /Commonwealth SAS - Australia & New Zealand

General Fields

  • : 9781472814036
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : 0.257
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leigh Neville
  • : Paperback
  • : General Adult
  • : 64