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SAS Heroes: Remarkable Soldiers, Extraordinary Men (General Military) [Kindle Edition]

Pete Scholey , Frederick Forsyth
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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From WWII to Iraq the SAS has been at the forefront of armed conflict, though most people wouldn’t realise it was even there. Universally acknowledged as the best special forces in the world, every member of the Regiment is a hero in his own right. However, even amongst these remarkable soldiers there are those who stand out. SAS Heroes contains former SAS soldier Pete Scholey’s memories of 20 such warriors who are true heroes, although many were never recognised as such during their lives or even in death. It is a collection of stories about special forces soldiers who fought for their country with no desire to be famous, fêted or rewarded, some of whom died in action. A few received medals, and all earned the respect and admiration of their fellow soldiers.

Foreword by Frederick Forsyth

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About the Author

Pete Scholey was lucky enough to discover what he wanted to do with his life at a young age, and he stuck with it. He was, as he put it, "a lifer" in the most respected, admired and toughest British Army regiment, the SAS. For 20 years Pete served in some of the world's most hostile terrain, patrolling, cooking, fighting, fixing and even laughing as enemy soldiers sought to expel him and his small band of fellow soldiers from whatever foxhole, jungle or sand dune that they were holed up in. Yet Pete didn't want to be a soldier when he signed up. He wanted to join the RAF but, having twice failed the entrance exams, he ended up doing his National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC - which he maintains stands for Run Away Someone's Coming). When he was discharged, he immediately re-enlisted, ending up in the Parachute Regiment and eventually, in 1963, in the SAS. Pete served in Borneo, Aden, Oman and Northern Ireland as well as with the regiment's CRW anti-terrorist team. On leaving the regiment in 1982, Pete worked as a security consultant before settling down in semi-retirement with his wife, Carolyn, in Hereford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3658 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J7P04E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and a thoroughly good read 9 Oct. 2013
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Mr Scholey knew most of the soldiers mentioned here personally and the accounts of exploits, some of which are still mostly unknown to the general public, make for enthralling reading. By telling the stories of those within the SAS of the time, to whom he has given his respect, he lets the public know what a fellow SAS soldier values as true courage. These are the unsung heroes who, it could be argued, deserve to be recognised for their daring and bravery, and yet who remain largely anonymous. They have not sought publicity or to make money out of their time in the SAS, some of them having been SAS career soldiers for many years. What comes across is the modesty and true grit of these men and how much we owe them for their unseen battles on behalf of their country.

A book I can recommend without hesitation for its honesty, the careful research and astonishing stories of true-life experiences. A credit to the author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more detail but interesting stories 20 Jan. 2013
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I picked this up as I love real life stories of what special forces and similar actually get up to. This book doesn't disappoint in that regard and the stories come across as honest and authentic. However, to push it on to the next level, the stories and missions recounted who'd have benefitted from more detail and insight to further draw you in. Instead, it can see a bit like it's relying on hearsay but with gaps filled in using the author's experience/imagination to paint the picture.

However, there are some fascinating insights and some great real heroic characters and I've enjoyed reading about them. As said by a previous reviewer, the chapters can be a samey as they follow a similar trend. However, I have found this can also be a strength, as you can finish a chapter and go back into the next one at your leisure when you fancy another chunk of it, so it's good for periodic reading.

Personally, I'd like to have been drawn into the battles/missions a bit more, rather than feeling like I was reading an account, but it's still a good read and respect to the author for all he and his mates encountered, which was pretty darn intense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine tales of brave men. 6 Jun. 2013
By Janie S
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It's so easy to be blase about men who go off and carry the flag into war, but anyone who knows anything about the SAS knows that they are an extraordinary band of truly brave men who earn all the praise they so richly deserve, going about their work in an utterly professional manner and not broadcasting their exploits to the rest of us mere mortals. We owe them a debt of gratitude beyond words. May they continue in their fight against terrorism across the globe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAS 6 Jun. 2013
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Excellent insight into the extraordinary bravery of our special forces. Many of the conflicts come as a surprise as they are not generally known.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 Jan. 2013
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Great tribute to friends and colleagues the author lived and fought with, thank God there are men of such skill and courage
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Heros 31 Jan. 2014
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This book makes you proud to be British. The modest recognition these hero's obtained makes a mockery of the UK honours system, with footballers and showbiz `stars` being knighted for their work.
Great read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAS Heroes 10 April 2013
By ian72
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A very good collection of stories from the SAS written by a former trooper himself who in the main has personal knowledge of most of the men mentioned in the book. Reccomended
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By Tony B
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A well researched book that has given me more heroes to read about. I do like that SGT Vince Phillips gets a chapter as I thought he had been wrongly tarred in other books. At the end of the day a tight unit is exactly that and to blame individuals shows poor leadership or sensationalism. There are books out there about some of the battles the regiment were involved with and cross referencing with this book gives more depth to some of the heroes mentioned.
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