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 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 inside its shadowy world. Rusty Firmin spent 15 years with 'The Regiment' and was a key figure in the Iranian Embassy Siege in May 1980, the planned attack on Argentina during the Falklands War and the secret conflict between the SAS and IRA in the 1980s.
This is the unforgettable chronicle of Rusty's combat experiences, transporting the reader back to the cutting edge of the SAS's deadly covert missions during the crises of the 1980s and 1990s. But even more fascinating is his intimate portrayal of what the service was actually like to live and work in. Having served as a paramedic, a demolitions expert, a linguist and the senior SAS bodyguard instructor, Rusty draws on a unique breadth of experience to delve into the hidden world of the SAS as an institution.
I served for 27 years in the British Army and I want to thank all of the friends and colleagues who helped to make that a - mostly - hugely enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Many are still with us and some have sadly passed away but we were a team and we played our part. Who Dares Wins!
Excerpt: "The difficulty we had in all of our operations was that we were
only as effective as the intelligence we were given to work on. This came
from various different sources: surveillance; informers; communication
intercepts; and so on, but we rarely got to see the raw material, only what
was fed to us by the Special Branch through what was called the 'TCG', the
Tasking and Co-Ordination Group..."
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I really enjoyed this one. As a fan of the genre
its good to read on some actual events rather than fictionalised. I
found the hidden stories of the fight with the IRA a real eye opener
as I haven't come across any of this in any detail before. Rusty's the
real deal and a revealing read. Excellent
Rusty Firmin is the real deal....finally the
truth about the pr disaster that was Bravo 2 Zero and the truth about
the Falklands crisis. An essential and fascinating read. I loved it.
the 1st time I became aware of the SAS was when
i watched them end the embassy siege. wow! I was stunned. rusty's
story covers this and much more. it is a book that had me interested
from the 1st page. so well written it's like rusty is talking to the
reader. I hope he'll tell the story of his post regiment too. thank
you rusty for an outstanding book. we all owe you guys a huge dept.