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Special Air Service SAS & World War 2 : In Pictures

Special Air Service SAS & World War 2 : In Pictures

SAS Raid On Pebble Island 1982

Special Air Service SAS & World War 2 : In Pictures Originally called the “L” Detachment, the SAS was started during the second world war. Lieutenant Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling, a Scottish officer and mountaineer had the idea that small teams of highly trained soldiers would be very effective in individual raids at night. Moreover, could attempt multiple raids in a single night by way of speed and skill.

The Special Air Service (sas) in North Africa during the Second World War Portrait of Lt Colonel David Stirling DSO.
Keating (Capt), No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit – http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//21/media-21423/large.jpg This is photograph E 21340 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Apparently officer Stirling suffered from dyslexia, which let him view things from a different vantage point versus the officers in the British military.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1942. Valentine and Crusader tanks and Humber armoured cars at a base depot awaiting delivery to armoured units, 26 July 1942. Crapper (Sgt): No. 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit © IWM (E 14924)

Stirling brought his plan to General Ritchie after suffering from a parachute accident in the Middle East.

Ritchie was convinced of the idea of specially trained teams to make strategic strikes on the German positions.

The Assault On Mount Kent : A Glorious Day for the SAS in the Falkands

The first name given to the outfit was the: “L Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade”.

SAS patrol in North Africa during WW2
Keating (Capt) No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit – This is photograph E 21337 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 4700-32)
Title: THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE (SAS) IN NORTH AFRICA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR : A close-up of a heavily armed patrol of ‘L’ Detachment SAS in their Jeeps, just back from a three month patrol. The crews of the jeeps are all wearing ‘Arab-style’ headdress, as copied from the Long Range Desert Group.
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The first SAS outpost was at the Kibrit Airbase in Northern Egypt.

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Shortly, after the outbreak of World War 2 the British retook Cairo and the surrounding area.

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This would become an important staging ground for a number of missions throughout the war.

Desert Rats Lieutenant Colonel David Stirling officer commanding the SAS in the Middle East talking to Patrol Commander Lieutenant McDonald.
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These would include HMS Warspite’s surprising the Italian Navy for the worst Italian Naval defeat, among many operations.

At first, the group helped a New Zealand regiment that was short of supplies.

Desert Rats Lieutenant Colonel David Stirling officer commanding the SAS in the Middle East talking to Patrol Commander Lieutenant McDonald.

This was after only brief training.

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SAS Training in Egypt

After several larger operations the group accomplished the famous raid on the Sidi Haneish Airfield. Where they destroyed 37 Axis airplanes.

This would put Stirling and his group on the map and create the beginnings of the SAS.

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One of the most respected and elite fighting forces on the planet!

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Raid On Sidi Haneish Airfield : Birth Of The SAS

Special Air Service SAS & World War 2 : In Pictures