2011
22.07

The Sun
By Viginia Wheeler, Defence Editor
02 Jul 2011

The injured soldier cried in pain and collapsed in the compound of the British Army’s Middle East HQ in Cairo.
Second Lieutenant Archibald David Stirling had perilously scaled an internal fence using his crutches as a ladder.
But sentries had been alerted and were hunting him down with rifles raised.
With seconds to spare he forced his way into the office of General Ritchie and delivered a daring proposal.

Stirling, the son of a Scottish laird, had hatched a plan with pal Jock Lewes to form a revolutionary new force of raiders who would operate deep behind enemy lines to destroy aircraft, gain intelligence and attack supply lines.
Instead of sending Stirling to prison for breaking in to the HQ, Army bosses liked the idea.

He and Lewes created their gang of “misfits, rogues and rule-breakers” exactly 70 years ago this week. They took as their motto “Who Dares Wins” and became known as the Special Air Service, or SAS.

The regiment has never been busier than it is today in Afghanistan.
New figures gathered by The Sun show the recent heroics played out against the Taliban behind enemy lines in Helmand.

However, the regiment’s most secretive mission is yet to come.

The family of Lieut Jock Lewes – dubbed “The Godfather Of The SAS” – has revealed a cloak-and-dagger operation to recover the hero’s remains from the Libyan desert where the regiment first worked.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By ANDY McNAB

“Who Dares Wins” is a way of life for the regiment. It is living and breathing this motto that makes the SAS the best at what they do.

It is not only the harsh training of SAS troopers that results in the best. It is also how these troopers operate in battle that sets them apart from other special forces.

The SAS know that the most effective weapon in war isn’t weapons – but information on what the enemy is planning.

In Afghanistan today, one of the most important jobs the SAS do is risk life and limb gathering intelligence because it is this which will defeat the Taliban and find the factories making IEDs that kill our troops.

Once the SAS have intelligence, they can destroy the enemy where it hurts most, faster and more efficiently than anyone else. That’s where “Who Dares Wins” really matters.

2011
08.07

The Sun
Harry ‘hunted and tortured’ in drill
Warrior Prince’s practice for being shot down

Published: 17 Jun 2011

PRINCE Harry will head back to war against the Taliban after SAS training that will see him hunted down – and TORTURED.
The Apache helicopter pilot, 26 – who The Sun revealed yesterday is returning to Afghanistan – faces three days of hell learning to cope with being shot down behind enemy lines.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Expert

If things go pear-shaped and Harry loses his aircraft he needs to become a soldier who is equally effective on the ground.

The “escape and evasion” training is rehearsed as realistically as possible.

When I did mine it was the hardest in my whole military career. But it prepares you for what’s coming – and make no mistake, Harry will be roughing it like the rest.

2011
05.02

2011
26.01

* EDIT 1 February: Unfortunately Andy won’t be able to make it to this event 🙁

Elite Forces Celebrity Speakers Day

Paul Lincoln, Gordon Stevens, Trevor Royle, Soldier I, Rusty Firmin, Andy McNab
7 May 2011, 10.15am – 7.00pm

Leading authors and soldiers are joining rank on Saturday 7 May to offer visitors an exclusive day of talks on the elite warriors of the Special Forces.

From their early beginnings in the Long Range Desert Group and the Chindits in the Second World War to the explosive emergence of the SAS during the Iranian embassy siege, Britain’s elite forces have always cut an adventurous, if secretive, dash.

Discover the inner workings of Britain’s most covert operational force with a series of individual talks at our Elite Forces Celebrity Speaker Day.

Speakers will appear in the following order with two breaks (at times to be confirmed).

•Paul Lincoln – The Long Range Desert Group
•Gordon Stevens – The Originals: The Secret History & Birth of the SAS
•Trevor Royle – Orde Wingate & The Chindits
•Soldier I – The Battle of Mirbat
•Rusty Firmin – Go! Go! Go!: The Iranian Embassy Siege
•Andy McNab – Bravo Two Zero

National Army Museum,
Royal Hospital Road,
Chelsea, London SW3 4HT

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•Telephone: 020 7881 6600 (UK)
•Online: Use the booking form on this page or visit the Museum Shop
•At the Museum

A concessionary rate is available to SOFNAM members, students, seniors and service personnel.

Source: National Army Museum Thank you for sending this in Faith!

2011
17.01

The Guardian
On the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1991 Gulf war, politicians, soldiers and a journalist look back
16 January 2011

Andy McNab is the pseudonym of a former member of the SAS and author of Bravo Two Zero, the story of a failed special forces mission. He received the distinguished conduct medal.

“My most vivid memory of the Gulf war is the morning of 24 January when the eight-man SAS patrol I was commanding, during a covert mission north-west of Baghdad, was compromised by a seven-year-old Iraqi boy. The boy was herding goats in the middle of the desert, and happened to pick out the one tiny wadi where our patrol planned to hide up until last light, and stumbled upon us. I remember his eyes grew wide as saucers in shock and fear. After a split second, he then ran off screaming and shouting, towards the Iraqi anti-aircraft gun crew stationed close by. This resulted in the deaths of three of our patrol members, with four more of us captured and tortured by the Iraqis. Only one patrol member escaped. Being captured and tortured has had a profound effect on the way I now conduct my life. I feel both lucky and guilty about being one of those that survived. But having come through the torture and the mock executions, I endeavour never to take life for granted, and always try to do my best to help others who have experienced war and are still suffering.”

For full article go to The Guardian

2010
19.12

Andy was on Channel 4 tonight, a show called ‘100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross’. Thank you for alerting us Ali!
I’m afraid I have to do with the screencap, ‘watch again’ is only for UK residents. Sigh.

The show:
‘Presented by gadget, gizmo and toy collector extraordinaire Jonathan Ross, 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross is a three-hour countdown of the nation’s favourite toys and games.

From Action Man to Yahtzee and from Barbie to Trivial Pursuit, inventors and toy-makers tell the inside stories of their creations and success. And to fully explain the impact of these toys and games, the children of yesteryear – today’s celebrities, authors, actors and journalists – reveal exactly what it was that made them love a particular toy.’

Watch the Jonathan Ross show on Channel 4 – UK residents only!