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SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service by [Parker, John]
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A fully revised and updated account of John Parker's personal investigation into the secretive SBS

About the Author

John Parker, a journalist and former Fleet Street editor, has undertaken many investigative projects in his writing career with topics ranging from the Mafia to Northern Ireland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5893 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 2Rev Ed edition (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P3N80W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book talking about all the special boat services from ww2 right up to now, it talks about many of the famous raids by the SBS and makes you realise that there is more to special forces than the SAS, if your looking for a McNab style book forget it, this book talks about all SBS involvements and what they did and how they did it and talks about the bigger picture as well talking about MOD defence cuts which have created problems for the armed forces as a whole. if you have an interest in the marines or the sas then i recommend this book to you
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This book Starts with the precursors of the SBS in WWII and traces their early developement, successes and failures in a thorough and entertaining way illustrated by tales of key characters (including, later in the story, Paddy Ashdown). It documents the parallel evolution of other UK special forces like the SAS (better known these days, but the SBS was there first and has always kept a lower public profile), including the operating differences and tensions between them, and the periods when they drifted in and out of favour - a pattern that continued up until the recent gulf wars. A real tale of heroes, or more accurately, superheroes!
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This book goes some way in balancing the excessive publicity given to the SAS.
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.
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The text is well written and compelling, with a flowing narritive troughout the history of this select band of men. As the author has never served with the unit, the book has the feel of a sterile examination of an outsider. That apart an excellent and informative read
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John Parker has gathered his information from released MOD files and speaking directly with former members of the SBS. Little has been written about the SBS compared with other units, an old saying about the SBS being that in a two man canoe team only one could read whilst the other could only write.
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.
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Although I was initially worried by the author's portfolio ( "Elvis: The Secret Files" etc ) this is actually a remarkably thorough, readable introduction to 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...
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By mart on 24 Feb. 2015
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Good account of what it's like in sbs. Along with various missions & the difference between sbs & sas.
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I find the SBS much more interesting than the SAS because they seem to love being in the shadows, unlike their SAS sisters. And i find that much more interesting than the nuts out shoot them up and call it a day sas book.

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.
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