|May 22nd, 2004||#2|
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The British SAS is one of the best counter insurgency forces in the world today, however until recently very little was known about the SAS, infact, very few people actually knew there was even such a team!. This is the History of the Special Air Service
The concept of the SAS was though of David Sterling, in WWII, 1941, while he was recovering from a parachute accident in hosptal. The idea was to creat a desert raiding force, that worked in teams of 4 or 5 highly trained and motivated soldiers.
Stirling received the permission that he required, and took 100 men, most already commondo's, and gave them hard training in endurance and weapons. The newly formed SAS's first mission was in November, 1941, where due to bad weather and other circumstances, only 22 out of 66 soldiers survived. Lessons were learned and adjustments were made to vehicle's and equipment.
The second raid took place in December, 1941, with 12 men. This time they were succesfull, and managed to destroy 24 planes, and a fuel depot...
Got that from here: http://britishsas.8m.com/
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|May 30th, 2005||#4|
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When Stirling created his group in 1941, it was called the Long Range Desert Group. It was immortalized on American TV as the Rat Patrol, although in the show, they were Americans rather than Brits, and they were able to blow up German tanks with one or two hits from a .50 calibre machine gun. (artistic license...) In reality, they used their version of the Land Rover, armed them to the teeth, and ranged through the German rear areas attacking targets of opportunity. To say that they were successful is an understatement, and in fact, the modern SAS used exactly the same tactics during the first Gulf war.
So the LRDG became the SAS, and slightly later the SBS was also formed.
|May 30th, 2005||#5|
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The SAS origins:
The LRDG origins:
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|May 30th, 2005||#7|
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There is an almost unlimited amount of literature on the origins of the SAS.
BTW, that Belgian regiment split off at the end of the 2nd world war and is what is now the Belgian Paracommandos. They still wear the same insignia as the SAS... well the winged dagger anyway.
|August 4th, 2005||#8|
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The SAS was just one of the units that came into being for raiding behind enemy lines in North Africa. You had three well known groups out the at this time. There Popskis Private Army, witch was run by a Major Popski who used to an oil engineer out in north Africa before the war and new the desert and it's ways , the there was the Long Range Desert Group [LRDG] which mainly came about to give the Army more control on what was happening as Popski would do things his way. David Stirling came along and added the Parachute idea to get the raiders into the area. The first raid he tried was a disaster, so he stuck to the tried and tested ways of driving behind enemy lines and raiding German Airports and shooting them up. When they were in Europe after D Day they did much the same thing, but most SAS were shot by the Germans if captured.
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