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Paddy Mayne

Author : Hamish Ross
ISBN : 9780752469652
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An Irish solicitor and international rugby player, Blair 'Paddy' mayne become one of the most outstanding soldiers and leaders of the Second World War. After seeing action in Syria with the Commandos, he joined the new unit that David Stirling was establishing, the Special Air Service. The raids Mayne led in the Western Desert destroyed over one hundred enemy aircraft on the ground. The common factor in these successes was Mayne's ability to read the situation, anticipate how the enemy would react, and then attack. Mayne was twenty-two when he won the DSO for the first time. Mayne subsequently led the unit in Italy, France and Germany, winning a further bar to the DSO in each of these campaigns, as well as the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d'Honneur. At the end of the war, after a short period with an Antarctic Survey, Mayne returned to the law. In 1955 he died in a car accident, aged forty. Soon after his death, misinformation about Mayne began to appear. He was portrayed variously as a classical tragic hero of drama, and a man of anger and aggression. Hamish Ross's work largely refutes these standard interpretations, using official war diaries, the early chronicle of 1 SAS, Mayne's papers and diaries, and a number of extended interviews with key contemporaries. It has the support of the Mayne family and the SAS Regimental Association. Hamish Ross strips away the legend and leaves Mayne not dim

Rogue Warrior Of The Sas

Author : Martin Dillon
ISBN : 9781780573779
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More than half a century after his death, Lt Col. Robert Blair Mayne is still regarded as one of the greatest soldiers in the history of military special operations. He was the most decorated British soldier of the Second World War, receiving four DSOs, the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'honneur, and he pioneered tactics used today by the SAS and other special operations units worldwide. Rogue Warrior of the SAS tells the remarkable life story of 'Colonel Paddy', whose exceptional physical strength and uniquely swift reflexes made him a fearsome opponent. But his unorthodox rules of war and his resentment of authority would deny him the ultimate accolade of the Victoria Cross. Drawing on personal letters and family papers, declassified SAS files and records, together with the Official SAS Diary compiled in wartime and eyewitness accounts from many who served with him, the picture emerges of a soldier who, although a flawed hero, was unquestionably one of the most distinctive combatants of the campaigns in the Western Desert and Europe.

Sas Heroes

Author : Pete Scholey
ISBN : 9781780962429
Genre : History
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SAS Heroes contains former SAS member Pete Scholey's memories of 20 soldiers who were genuine heroes, although many were never recognised as such during their lives or even in death. It is a book of stories about soldiers who fought for their country with no desire to be famous, feted or rewarded, many of whom died in action. A few received medals, and all earned the respect and admiration of their fellow soldiers, their names and faces etched into the true history of the SAS. Some of the stories of Pete's heroes have never been told before and certainly none of the tales of combat and life in the regiment have been told in such a touching, real and compelling manner.

Boxers From Northern Ireland

Author : Books, LLC
ISBN : 1155763882
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 35. Chapters: Alexander Robinson, Billy Kelly (boxer), Brian Magee, Carl Frampton, Charlie Nash, Damaen Kelly, Damien Denny, Darren Corbett, Dave McAuley, Eamonn Loughran, Eamonn Magee, Freddie Gilroy, Hugh Russell, Jack Garland (boxer), Jason McKay, Jim McCourt, Joe Rea, John Caldwell (boxer), John Duddy, John Lowey, John McNally (boxer), Kevin Lynch (hunger striker), Luke Wilton, Martin Lindsay (boxer), Martin Rogan, Neil Sinclair, Noel Magee, Paddy Barnes, Paddy Maguire (boxer), Paddy Mayne, Paul McCloskey, Ray Close, Rinty Monaghan, Sam Storey, Scott Belshaw, Terry Magee, Wayne McCullough. Excerpt: Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair "Paddy" Mayne DSO & Three Bars (11 January 1915 - 14 December 1955) was a British Army soldier, solicitor, Ireland rugby union international, amateur boxer, and a founding member of the Special Air Service (SAS), controversially denied a Victoria Cross. Robert Blair "Paddy" Mayne was born in Newtownards, County Down, the second youngest of seven children. The Mayne family were prominent landowners who owned several retail businesses in the town. He was named Robert Blair after a second cousin, who at the time of his birth was a British Army officer serving in World War I. The family home, Mount Pleasant, is situated on the hills above Newtownards. A paternal ancestor was Gordon Turnbull, who led the famous Scotland Forever Charge at Waterloo. He attended Regent House Grammar School. It was there that his talent for rugby union became evident, and he played for the school 1st XV and also the local Ards RFC team from the age of 16. While at school he also played cricket and golf, and showed aptitude as a marksman in the rifle club. On leaving school he studied law at Queen's University of Belfast, studying to become a solicitor. While at university he took up boxing, becoming Irish Universities Heavyweight Champion in August 1936. He followed this by reaching the final of the British Universities Heavyweight Championship, but was beaten on points. With a handicap of 8, he won the Scrabo Golf Club President's Cup the next year. Mayne's first full Ireland cap also came in 1937, in a match against Wales. After gaining five more caps for Ireland as a lock forward, Mayne was selected for the 1938 British Lions tour to South Africa. While the Lions lost the first test, a South African newspaper stated Mayne was "outstanding in a pack which gamely and untiringly stood up to the tremendous task." He played in seventeen of the twenty provincial matches and in all three tests. On returning from South Africa, he joined Malone RFC in Belfast. In ea

Rogue Heroes

Author : Ben Macintyre
ISBN : 9781101904176
Genre : History
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The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.


Author : Stewart McClean
ISBN : UOM:39015063225026
Genre : History
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An illustrated history of the Special Raiding Squadron, this book details the formation of the unit, the lives of the men and their operations during the Sicilian and Italian campaigns, and the extraordinary man who commanded the squadron, Robert Blair Mayne DSO or Colonel Paddy as he became famously known throughout the world.

The Regiment

Author : Michael Asher
ISBN : 9780141889436
Genre : History
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On 4 May 1980, seven terrorists holding twenty-one people captive in the Iranian Embassy in London’s Prince’s Gate, executed their first hostage. They threatened to kill another hostage every thirty minutes until their demands were met. Minutes later, armed men in black overalls and balaclavas shimmied down the roof on ropes and burst in through windows and doors. In seconds all but one of the terrorists had been shot dead, the other captured. For most people, this was their first acquaintance with a unit that was soon to become the ideal of modern military excellence – the Special Air Service regiment. Few realized that the SAS had been in existence for almost forty years, playing a discreet, if not secret, role almost everywhere Britain had fought since World War II, and had been the prototype of all modern special forces units throughout the world. In The Regiment, Michael Asher – a former soldier in 23 SAS Regiment – examines the evolution of the special forces idea and investigates the real story behind the greatest military legend of the late twentieth century.

Ulster Rugby Players

Author : Books Llc
ISBN : 1155725662
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 30. Chapters: Tommy Bowe, Paddy Mayne, Paddy Wallace, Dion O'Cuinneagain, Eric Miller, Clinton Schifcofske, Jack Kyle, Justin Harrison, David Humphreys, Neil Doak, Willie John McBride, Trevor Ringland, Neil Best, Andrew Trimble, Roger Wilson, Simon Danielli, Stephen Ferris, Robert Alexander, Rory Best, Andy Maxwell, Mike Gibson, Ed O'Donoghue, Tom Court, Ian Humphreys, Willie Anderson, Isaac Boss, Kevin Maggs, Neil McMillan, David Pollock, BJ Botha, Simon Best, Grant Webb, Timoci Nagusa, Kieran Campbell, Rob Dewey, Paddy McAllister, Chris Henry, Herbie Martin, David Irwin, Bryn Cunningham, Carlo del Fava, Cillian Willis, Paul Shields, Niall O'Connor, Ronan McCormack, Robbie Diack, Bryan Young, Mark McCrea, Tyrone Howe, Ryan Caldwell, Robin Thompson, Darren Cave, Syd Millar, Mark Bartholomeusz, Ian Whitten, Willie Faloon, Declan Fitzpatrick, Kieron Dawson, Jeremy Davidson, Steve Smith, Nigel Brady, Seamus Mallon, Gordon Hamilton, Paddy Johns, Paul McKenzie, Lewis Stevenson, Matt Mustchin, Matt McCullough, David Hewitt, James Topping, Justin Fitzpatrick, Gary Longwell, Paul Marshall, Andy Ward, Denis McBride, Paul Steinmetz, Tim Barker, Adam Larkin, Niall Conlon, Mark Kettyle. Excerpt: Thomas John "Tommy" Bowe (Irish: Tom?'s Buadhaigh, born 22 February 1984) is an Irish rugby union footballer from County Monaghan, Ireland. He plays on the wing for the Ospreys, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. A former pupil of The Royal School, Armagh, Northern Ireland, he was a schoolboy provincial full-back, only converting to wing-Fly half whilst playing for Ireland U-21s. Bowe played Gaelic football from U10 level with Emyvale, his local GAA club. He represented Monaghan at U16 and Minor level. As well as playing Gaelic football, he also played rugby with Monagahan RFC at underage levels as well as representing his primary school team....

The Last Gentleman Of The Sas

Author : John Randall
ISBN : 9781780578347
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1945, John Randall was the first Allied officer to enter Bergen-Belsen – the concentration camp that would reveal the horrors of the Holocaust to the world. Randall was one of that league of extraordinary gentlemen handpicked for suicidally dangerous missions behind enemy lines in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany throughout the Second World War. He was a man of his class and of his times. He hated the Germans, liked the French and was unimpressed by the Americans and the Arabs. He was an outrageous flirt, as might be expected of a man who served in Phantom alongside film stars David Niven and Hugh Williams. He played rugby with Paddy Mayne, the larger-than-life colonel of the SAS and winner of four DSOs. He pushed Randolph Churchill, son of the Prime Minister, out of an aeroplane. He wined and dined in nightclubs as part of the generation that lived for each day because they might not see another. This extraordinary true story, partly based on previously unpublished diaries, presents a different slant on that mighty war through the eyes of a restless young man eager for action and adventure.

Special Ops Heroes

Author : Michael Ashcroft
ISBN : 9781472223975
Genre : History
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Special Ops Heroes tells the extraordinary stories behind Lord Ashcroft's collection of SAS and other Special Forces medals - the largest of its kind in the world. The action-packed stories span some sixty years from the exploits of the newly-formed SAS early in the Second World War to the end of the twentieth century. It features several remarkable groups of medals for some of the most audacious escapades of the Second World War as well as more recent medals awarded for bravery in Northern Ireland, Darfur and at the Iranian Embassy Seige in London.

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