'We were a legalised death squad, pure and simple. The Special Forces were not a peacetime Army. They were they soldiers who had never stopped fighting Britain s secret wars.' This long-denied unit was tasked with seeking out and shooting IRA gunmen. Gillespie, the unit s commander, gives a vivid account of the frantic nature of the unit s undercover work, records their drinking and dark humou, and conveys the incredible tension of under-cover missions in enemy territory. Assisted by IRA men who had been turned by the unit and disguised as a press photog- rapher Gillespie and his team would spend their time seeking their targets deep in enemy territory. This is the story of a man trying to stay alive a deadly game, day by day, hour by hour. British readers will scarcely believe Gillespie s account as it contradicts over a generation of British propaganda in Northern Ireland.