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This review is from: Stirling's Men: The Inside History of the SAS inWorld War II (Hardcover)
I was given this book for Christmas and at first I put it to one side having read so much about the SAS already. I picked it up a couple of months later and couldn't put it down. It's a cracking read - warts and all stuff - and for me what makes it a standout book is the fact the author spoke to so many SAS veterans, a lot of whom hadn't been interviewed before. Most of them were NCOs and privates, whereas a lot of other books about the regiment in WW2 are from the officers' point of view, and while the lower ranks might not be as articulate as the top brass I think they speak with more honesty.
Some of the tales the vets told were amazing if at times a little grim - particularly the descriptions of what the Nazis did to captured SAS men and vice versa - but there's also a lot of humour in the book and some of it is very moving too. I recommend it, even though I can't understand why a book called Stirling's Men didn't have a photo of David Stirling (man who founded the SAS) among it's photos!
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2010 10:51:27 GMT
Mr. John Yee-king says:
AN excellent book which portrays the formation and development of the SAS superbly. It has,however,one glaring omission, there is no mention or reference to the most decorated SAS member of all time. Anders Lassen was awarded the VC and MC with two bars yet is not referred to at all. I am very curious as to why this is.
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