The Special Air Service, forever surrounded by secrecy and hedged by controversy has, from the start, flouted military conventions. The brainchild of a young Guards' officer, David Stirling, it was raised in 1941 to launch a series of daring raids in the North African desert. Though Colonel Stirling was captured in 1943, his idea lived on and the regiment fought in Sicily, Italy and north-west Europe before being temporarily disbanded in 1945.
This book traces the history of Stirling's creation from its birth. It reveals the truth about the early days of the SAS, and shows how this unique fighting force overcame the disapproval of the military authorities to win glory and fame.