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SAS: The First Secret Wars: The Unknown Years of Combat and Counter-insurgency

SAS: The First Secret Wars: The Unknown Years of Combat and Counter-insurgency

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The covert, clandestine operations of the Special Air Service (SAS) regiment, from the jungles of Malaya, Borneo and Brunei to the deserts and mountains of the Middle East and Afghanistan have always been the focus of intense fascination, stoked by the regiment's 'closed' organization and secretive activities. However, no period of activity has remained more secret than the vital years in the immediate aftermath of World War II when the regiment seemingly expired, only to rise miraculously from the dead to fight communism in the Malaya Emergency. Tim Jones' fascinating history pieces together the evidence to show that while the Malaya Emergency re-established the SAS as a unique source of counter-guerilla expertise, the regiment was not disbanded in 1945 and was, in fact, covertly involved in the Greek Civil War of 1945-49, a war unmatched in savagery until the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s. Revealing important operational secrets and shedding new light on post-war history, this book will be essential reading for enthusiasts of military history, and those interested in the world of intelligence.

Author Info

Tim Jones did his PhD research at the Department of War Studies at King's College, London, followed by lecturing at the University of Liverpool Department of International Relations and now works in journalism.


'Reveals a new insight into the undiscovered years in the history of the SAS
a must for those interested in the SAS.'
Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

ISBN: 9781848855663
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2010
Number of Pages: 224
Illustrations: 8 b/w plates

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