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The SAS Book Reviews in Brief

Selous Scouts Top Secret War
One of the Originals
Soldier I SAS
Looking for Trouble
Assault at Mogadishu
Assault on LH 181
Delta Force


"Selous Scouts Top Secret War", by Lt. Col. Ron Reid Daly, Published by Galago

This is the most comprehensive book on the Special Forces operations within Rhodesia during after UDI. The author founded and lead the Selous Scouts for it's entire life. They utilized the highly dangerous practice of turning captured terrorists to work for them so groups of soldiers could infiltrate terrorist units and wipe them out and create chaos. This book outlines many top operations as well as smaller, but no less important conflicts with Marxist-Communist terrorists. The Selous Scouts were highly innovative and made due with a lot of captured armament and vehicles. Their expeditions into Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique killed hundreds and kept thousands terrified of these deadly ghosts. The Best book I have read in years. It is available from Index.

"The SAS", by Philip Warner

Touted as the official history of the SAS Regiment, this book is great reference material, but a bit of a dry read. The personal stories are probably much better than told by Mr. Warner. It is quite comprehensive, but is mostly a long essay on the life of the regiment from it's beginnings in Africa to present day. Index.

"One of the Originals", by Johnny Cooper

This is Mr. Coopers autobiographical account of his days in the SAS. He was a founding member of the unit and say a great deal of action in North Africa, Europe during World War II, and after in Malaya, Aden & Oman. He was an official Mercenary at one point, supported by his country. The account of his adventures is light hearted and a wonderful read. He is very modest and always gives credit where it is due. Excellent insight into the Regiment. Index.

"Soldier I SAS" or "He who Dares", by Michael Kennedy

An excellent account of SAS life by a long time member. His service in Oman at the battle of Mirbat and in Northern Ireland and the Falklands are riveting. A no holds barred fighter, he tells of being jailed in Hong Kong and given a barbarous caning for his part in a bar fight. Definitely a good read. Index.

"Looking for Trouble", by General Sir Peter De La Billiere

Autobiography from the man who went from junior officer through the ranks to command the SAS. He saw much action, and ended up commanding British forces during the Gulf War. A definite adventurer, his book provides insight into the stresses of command and excellent learning material for young leaders in any field. Index.

"Assault at Mogadishu", by Peter Koch and Kai Hermann

Focus is on the Baader-Meinhoff Terrorist Group Red Army Faction's history, escape attempt and the hijack of flight LH181 by Palestinian Terrorists. It gives some detail about the assault carried out by Germany's counter-terrorist team GSG-9 with assistance by 2 SAS men. An Excellent History of this terrorist group, but quite lacking in the military aspects of the operations. Index.

"Assault on LH 181", by Barry Davies

The same focus as above, but with much better details on the assault and planning & training for it. The two books complement each other nicely. Index.

"Delta Force", by Col. Charlie Beckwith

An excellent account by the man who created and lead this elite force. Col. Beckwith relates his passing selection in the SAS and subsequent action in Malaya, and later in Viet Nam. His SAS experience and the advent of world wide terrorism caused him to push for the creation of Delta Force against much opposition from the upper echelons. He details the ill fated rescue attempt of the American Embassy hostages in Iran, from the initial training and planning to the actual mission. A gripping book. Index.