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Sabre Squadron [Mass Market Paperback]

Cameron Spence
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4 Jun 1998
In the first week of Operation Desert Storm, four SAS convoys slipped across the Saudi border into Iraq. Their mission was to destroy Saddam's mobile Scud missiles. Spence recounts in graphic detail the untold story of the most successful of those SAS convoys. It includes an extraordinary account of the successful attack on Victor Two, an Iraqi command facility central to Saddam's Scud operations. Owing to intelligence mistakes in Saudi, a handful of SAS soldiers found themselves pitched against a force of 300 Iraqis . . .

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (4 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140269940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140269949
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cameron Spence is the pseudonym for a soldier who fought in the SAS for over ten years. He has now retired but we are not allowed to reveal his name or address.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about the best SAS autobiography around 13 Nov 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read All Necessary Measures first, and I was so engrossed with that account, that I had to seek out Sabre Squadron. I've read Andy McNab, Chris Ryan, and Barry Davies, so you can say I've read a lot of the mass market SAS literature. But I will say that Spence's books are about the best. He writes almost novel-style, which makes his books page turners. In Sabre Squadron, he not only details A Squadron's mobile patrols behind Iraqi lines, but the personalities and internal group politics involved. You get a clear understanding of the patrol's daily routine, and his description of the patrol's attack on "Victor Two" is as engaging as a fictional work. You have to remind yourself that the participants are real and the fire that Spence and his men received was real. Spence leaves no details out: he even discusses (at length it has to be said) how oneself while on a combat patrol behind enemy lines. If you want to dive into the growth market of SAS autobiographies, you could do worse than to start with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written, exciting read! 10 Jun 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cameron Spence has to be one of the best modern war writers out there. The way he writes and delivers his stories really puts you in the heart of the action and makes you feel almost like an extra member of whatever SAS unit he's in at the time. Sabre Squadron, in my view his best book, takes place of course in 1990/1991 during the gulf war, a war in which Britains special forces SAS squadrons played a heavy part, sneaking behind Iraqi lines to cause mayhem.
As a member of A squadron Mountain troop, Cameron is sent to Iraq. With the other 25 or so men alongside him, they must go deep into western Iraq in their light strike jeeps and attack the deadly Scud missile launchers used by the Iraqi's to hit Israeli targets in an effort to bring them into the war.
So the story tells the tale of these unknown brave men as they battle for their lives, spending 6 weeks behind enemy lines. Camerons story telling gets better with every chapter and tells a tale of true heroism. Definately a worth while purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Patrol That Got Away! 29 July 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cameron Spence delivers a sensational read about a behind enemy lines operation that lasted up to 7 weeks in the remote country of Iraq! The way Spence describes everything from Day 1 to the final day from squad morale, mission objectives, things going wrong and having to improvise and always being stupidly out numbered by over 300 troops at most times, gives you a great insight into what they were actually going through, he made it feel you were there with him, rubbing shoulders with him. A fascinating read from Spence and is just another example of how good the SAS are and will be for years to come!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting account 21 July 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found sabre squadron a very insightful book and would recommend to anyone interested in the S.A.S, it gives a detailed account of operations behind enemy lines during the 1991 persian gulf war, out of the many that have since been written this is probably the most detailed account, giving a picture not only of the enemy action encountered but also the day to day activities of an S.A.S patrol deep inside enemy territory and the problems that they encounter. After reading several books on this subject and indeed of the same conflict, certain details are of slight concern to the authenticity of the account given, but that does not make the book any less readable, and in fact these details would not have been noticed if I had not already read another account. The most noteable detail is the "who fired the first shot" fire fight and the relationship between spence and the R.S.M, who was in charge of this patrol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book follows some of A squadron while they spend 7 weeks behind enemy lines during the Gulf war.
It describes many aspects of an SAS soldier's life while on ops, the routine of setting up a lay up day after day to remain hidden, the fear they face when confronted by the enemy - usually well outnumbered too - the humour within the squad and the boredom of having to wait for action or orders.
It's a terrific book which makes you feel as though you are there with them experiencing the tension and is so hard to put down. It describes the fun they have with the constant pranks on one another but also shows the professionalism needed to overcome all odds when seemingly surrounded by 300 enemy troops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping account of action behind enemy lines 16 Nov 1998
By A Customer
The third in a series of books by SAS soldiers who operated deep behind enemy lines in the Gulf War. If you enjoyed Andy MacNab's 'Bravo Two Zero' or Chris Ryan's 'The One that Got Away' then you will certainly enjoy this latest offering. Much of the same stuff, all boy's own adventures, the difference being that this patrol was not caught but did still meet with some pretty hairy moments. This is a good earthy read, not very taxing but entertaining nonetheless. The SAS may be suffering from overexposure but I still have much admiration for their professionalism and dedication, both of which are very apparent in this book.
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By Mr M
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cameron Spence stop writing your own reviews! The last few chapters of "Eye of the Storm" give a more accurate account (in my opinion) of the exploits of Alpha One Zero as well as other SAS patrols at that time. There are things about this book that just do not add up and saying the author has embellished a few details is the least that can be said. "Eye of the Storm" is a book written by the SAS Regimental Sergeant Major, Peter Ratcliffe, who also took over as OC of Alpha One Zero during Desert Storm. While his book is not entirely based on Desert Storm he does allocate quite a few chapters to it. He often references the official accounts of the soldiers experiences in these other books by McNab, Spencer etc that we're taken when the soldiers were debriefed. All in all as one of the most effective half SAS squadrons in Operation Desert Storm I see no reason why Peter would look to embellish his own accounts, the proof is in the result. In his own words "why tell lies when the truth is just as exciting". To keep it short, forget this book get "Eye of the Storm" instead for a true and accurate account of a SAS soldier of more that 25 years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It gives you a a good insight into the SAS's misson's in Iraq durin the Gulf War (the 1st). It's a very exiting book and gives you a full range of what the SAS where up to. Read more
Published on 4 April 2010 by Ben Nicholson
1.0 out of 5 stars Get Real !!
I wouldn't believe everything you read, especially in books like this. 'Cameron Spence' or Serious gives a distorted, highly innacurate and fictional account of what actually... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2010 by Truthfinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Scud busting in Iraq
A well written account of a vital SAS mission to seek out and destroy Scud missiles behind enemy lines in the Gulf War. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by A. W. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
this is a truly great book about the SAS in the gulf,it starts when he is training for the everest expedition right up to when hes back in hereford after the gulf and theres not a... Read more
Published on 3 April 2008 by T. Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars A bloody good read
It's your average special ops story - infiltration, lots of sitting around, short intense action, then lots more sitting around. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2007 by Mr. M. Stenhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars "About as close to factual as you are likely to find"
Having read several of the books relating to the 1990/91 conflict in Iraq I can say that this book, like all the SAS books has been written to sell copies. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2007 by Mr. David Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i hoped
Unlike other reviewers of this book i found it quite easy to put down, and not that hard not to pick back up at all!. Read more
Published on 25 July 2004 by Greg Francis
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i hoped
Unlike other reviewers of this book i found it quite easy to put down, and i certainley didnt want to read it again ( you can buy it off me via ebay if your quick ). Read more
Published on 22 July 2004 by Greg Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Right From the Start!
This is another great account of the SAS by Cameron Spence in my opinion the best Special Forces writer around. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2004
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