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Paddy Mayne

Author : Hamish Ross
ISBN : 9780752469652
Genre : History
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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
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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 L├ęgion 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 Great Britain S Elite Special Air Service

Author : Leroy Thompson
ISBN : 1610607422
Genre : History
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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.


Author : Ben MacIntyre
ISBN : 9780241186640
Genre : History
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The book behind the new BBC series 'SAS: Rogue Warriors' From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it - from behind their own lines. Despite the intense opposition of many in British High Command, Winston Churchill personally gives Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he can find. And so begins the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS. With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, SAS: Rogue Heroes tells the remarkable story behind an extraordinary fighting force, and the immense cost of making it a reality. BEN MACINTYRE'S NEXT BOOK AGENT SONYA IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

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....

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.

Mad Mike

Author : David Rooney
ISBN : 9781473816107
Genre : History
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This penetrating biography tells the story of his life including his exploits in Norway and the early Commandos. It also uncovers new evidence revealing that his court martial was unjust.

Churchill S Secret Warriors

Author : Damien Lewis
ISBN : 9781848668546
Genre : History
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One of the most remarkable stories in the history of Special Forces' operations - Daily Express In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death. Churchill's Secret Warriors tells the story of the daring victories for this small force of 'freelance pirates', undertaking devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previously held rules of warfare. Master storyteller Damien Lewis brings the adventures of the secret unit to life, weaving together the stories of the soldiers' brotherhood in this compelling narrative, from the unit's earliest missions to the death of their leader just weeks before the end of the war.

Sas Operation Bulbasket

Author : Paul McCue
ISBN : 9781473817951
Genre : History
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The story of Operation Bulbasket is one of such tension and drama that any resume which revealed its outcome would rob the reader of the vital element of suspense. Suffice it to say that on 6 June, 1944, known to history as D-Day, two members of the SAS were dropped by parachute deep behind the lines in enemy-occupied France. Shortly to be Followed by others, amounting in all to fifty-five men, their task was to disrupt in every way possible the movement of German troops to the north to repel the Allied invasion of Normandy.Only now, with the release of hitherto classified documents and thanks to a remarkable amount of painstaking research on Paul McCue's part, can the full story of Operation Bulbasket be told. The author has traced the surviving main participants and, by their various but often contradictory accounts and much careful detective work, has managed to piece together what really happened in those dramatic eight weeks after 6 June. Indeed, thanks to this book, those survivors have only learned the full story which was hidden from them for over fifty years. This has to be one of the most remarkable stories ever to be written about the Second World War.

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