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Who Dares Wins: Special Forces Heroes of the SAS [Hardcover]

Frederick Forsyth , Pete Scholey


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18 Mar 2008
The Special Air Service (SAS) is the toughest regiment in the British Army and is f ted as the best Special Forces unit in the world. Members of the SAS live in a shadow world, unable to divulge their whereabouts or mission details, living a hard life of combat and secrets. This book brings to life the stories of 20 soldiers who were genuine heroes, although many were never recognised as such during their lives or even in death. "Who Dares Wins" contains former SAS soldier Pete Scholey's memories of some of those men. It is a book about soldiers who bravely fought for their country in extreme circumstances with no desire to be famous, f ted or rewarded. Each chapter tells us about the life and combat stories of the men who, although capable of superhuman effort, were very much human beings. Some of the stories of Pete's heroes have never been heard before and certainly none of these dramatic tales of combat and life in the regiment have been told in such a touching and compelling manner.

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"His stories vary in tone and scope as well as locale. From the steaming jungles of Borneo to the aforementioned Iranian Embassy incident to the windswept islands of the Falklands in winter, the stories unfold mixing action with humor quite nicely."- Kevin Powers, "modelingmadness.com" (May 2008)"Pete Scholey served in the SAS until 1983 and this is his tribute to some of the men he knew and their predecessors. The stories are in chronological order from the foundation of the SAS and including actions in all the Regiment's theatres from World War 2 to the First Gulf War, including the Iranian Embassy action that many watched on live TV and ending with "Brave Two Zero..".. Some of these stories are hair-raisingly gripping, and anyone interested in the SAS or in Special Forces should make sure to get this book. Very highly recommended!" -John Prigent, "Internet Modeler "(April 2008)"The history of Britain's SAS provides fine stories in a new memoir of a 20-year SAS veteran who served in some of the world's most dangerous areas from 1963-83. His memory recounts remarkable soldiers, missions, and many names of thsoe who have died in obscurity, unheralded for their bravery and achievements. Any military history library will find this survey of SAS heroes to be both inviting and absorbing." -"California Bookwatch" (May 2008)

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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. However, Pete did not 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. 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. The author lives in UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inviting and absorbing. 9 May 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The history of Britain's SAS provides fine stories in a new memoir of a 20-year SAS veteran who served in some of the world's most dangerous areas from 1963-83. His memory recounts remarkable soldiers, missions, and many names of those who have died in obscurity, unheralded for their bravery and achievements. Any military history library will find this survey of SAS heroes to be both inviting and absorbing.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great topic 2 Feb 2011
By Richard S. Pappin - Published on Amazon.com
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I greatly admire the men of the SAS but this book sounded more like a meeting of the "old boys club".There were so many sidebars that the author sometimes seemed to get lost himself.He also wrote consecutive chapters with the highlights of the same mission.It would have been much better and done more honor to the troupers to have given more details of the missions.The missions were given second place to the backgrounds of the troupers.
3.0 out of 5 stars to win 21 Jan 2014
By spirals - Published on Amazon.com
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a great insight into the reality of war, but exceptional for those that have been there who know. We should appreciate these brave men more, for they put their lives on the line for us!
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding compendium of true stories of heroism and bravery you've never been told. 9 Aug 2013
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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As cliche as that title is, there isn't a whole lot more to say about this book. It is easily one of the best works of nonfiction I have ever owned, Mr. Scholey's first hand accounts of each and every one of the men he chronicles are absolutely fascinating reads, and It was an utmost honour to be allowed to be able to carry the memory of these men written into history with this great book. Highly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars WHO DARES WINS: SPECIAL FORCES HEROES OF THE SAS 20 Dec 2010
By Robert A. Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
WHO DARES WINS: SPECIAL FORCES HEROES OF THE SAS
PETER SCHOLEY
OSPREY PUBLISHING, 2008
HARDCOVER, $24.95, PHOTOGRAPHS, APPENDICES, 288 PAGES

The British Army fomred what was to eventually become the role model for much of the world's special forces. Known originally as "L Detachment", the new unit grew to 390 men in 1942 and was re-designated 1st Special Air Services Regiment or 1 SAS. After various reorganizations and a period of further growth, an SAS brigade was formed in Scotland in January, 1944, consisting of two British regiments (1 and 2 SAS), two French regiments (3 and 4 SAS), a Belgian squadron (later 5 SAS), and a signal squadron. Although the idea was temporarily abandoned for regular service in 1946, the changing nature of conflict was to quickly prove the value of such highly specialized forces. During the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), the 'Malayan Scouts (Special Air Service)' were quickly built up to regimental strength. Based on the operational skills developed by the SAS units, Force 136 and the Chindits in the Second World War, the 22nd proved itself supreme in operations against the communists. In 1952, the Malayan Scouts were formed and re-designated the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (22 SAS), thus marking the official return of the SAS to the British Army's Order of Battle, though eventually with only two squadrons. The SAS battled an insurgency in Oman which successfully culminated in the outstanding assault on the heavily defended rebel mountain fortress Jebel Akhdan in 1958. The continued need for special forces units in British territories around the world became apparent in Janaury, 1963 in Borneo and in 1964 in Aden. By 1969, the situation in Northern Ireland exploded and the SAS quickly built-up an unrivalled expertise in counter-terrorist operations; that they were copied by many Western countries. They were also involved in a number of 'foreign' operations as well as in the storming of the Iranian Embassy in London to free hostages in 1980. What followed was the Falklands in 1982, the Gulf War in 1990-1991, the conflict in Serbia from 1994-2000, and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. WHO DARES WINS: SPECIAL FORCES HEROES OF THE SAS contains former SAS soldier Peter Scholey's memories of 20 such soldiers who are genuine heroes, although many were never recognized as such during their lives or even in death. It is a book about soldiers who bravely fought for their country in extreme circumstances with no desire to be famous, feted, or rewarded. Each chapter tells us about the life and combat stories of the men who, although capable of superhuman effort, were very much human beings. Some of the stories of Peter's heroes have never been told before and certainly none of these dramatic tales of combat and life in the SAS have been related in such a touching and compelling manner.

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
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