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SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service Kindle Edition
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The book is divided into 3 parts a} 1940-5 where the formation and activities of the SBS helped the Allies win the war b) 1945-70 with the rebirth of special forces with the fight against terrorism and the supporting the freedom of ex British dependancies and C) 1970 -97 which covers action in Borneo,Falklands,the Gulf and against the IRA.
Very well written and researched but with very poor maps.
The section that deals with the SAS complaint that the SBS should not use the name Special Boat Service just indicates the inferiority complex that has tarnished the reputation of the SAS.
Part One, covers the war years and the birth of the SBS. The Eastern Mediterranean being an interesting operational area for the likes of George Jellico and Pug Davis both legends in their own way. An insight also into the smaller specialised groups who were to come together at the war’s end from which today’s SBS is the result.
Part Two, leading from 1945 to the 1970’s. After WWII there was a certain resentment against what tended to be termed ‘private army’s’ as such the SAS was disbanded as a regular unit and replaced with a TA unit. The SBS fared little better although now under the Royal Marines and small in number. Korea, Libya onwards to the Middle and Far East slowly the SBS increased in activity and started to be noticed more within certain circles.
Part Three, to the present-day. It was the Falklands that brought the SBS more to the attention of the government and due to the media into the public eye.
Little is now in the public domain as files are still closed and will remain so for a long time.
What this book has done has in a small way given an insight into the workings of the SBS.
The author has conducted a mass of first-hand research, both in the archives and in interviews with former SBS operators. The narrative flows quickly and easily from the disparate units of WW2, through the covert roles of the early Cold War and then re-invention as a counter-terrorism force.
I incidentally learned much about Britain's Small Wars, enough to inspire me to start a new reading list.
The main disappointment is that the author filtered all his research into this fairly light tome. He constantly notes that events lie "outside the scope of this book" and he does seem to have sufficient material to write an extensive multiple-volume history of the unit. Perhaps some day...
It dives deep in to SBS history from their foundings to todays operations. The book has lots of good photographs and diagrams showing maps and recon drawings. They are every bit as daring and brave as the SAS but they seem to use their patience and brains to execute their missions.(no disrespect to the sas)
the book is a must buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very informative book less well known than there army counterparts SASPublished 5 months ago by Charles M.
I found this book really open my eyes about the British special forces talk about elite of the elite.Published 18 months ago by G Black
Excellent read that I found hard to put down. So well written by someone not in the S.B.S.
The way he has described each chapter drags you into the book. Read more
Compared to the SAS, the SBS is less heard of. Therefore, it was great to finally have the opportunity to read up on its history. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. Harsono