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From the ranks of the elite
on 2 December 2012
One of the interesting chapters is a first-hand comparison of the selection process used by the British SAS [Territorial], the regular Rhodesian SAS, and the Selous Scouts.
Paul served with C Sqdn, Rhodesian SAS, before opting for service with the Scouts. A large number of personnel made this move, including some very senior NCOs and officers, so there may have been some sort of man-management problem in the SAS at the time?
Serving in the elite Reccee Troop, specialising in two-man teams, often inserted by free-fall entry, Paul actually found the setup to be rather haphazard. He goes into detail about one operation where the planning was very sketchy, with no E&E options discussed whatsoever. Paul actually went to the local library and photocopied a map of the area so he could plan bug-out routes in the event of compromise. The inevitable happened, and one of the team ended up making a five-day trek through the Mozamique bush, before reaching home soil.
Paul returned to the SAS as a sergeant, and took part in numerous ops.
Worth mentioning is that the author rated the Rhodesian patrol radios as superiors to those used at the time by UKSF.
A worthwhile addition to the Bush War library