Who Dares Wins by Nigel Cawthorne
English | July 5, 2022 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B0B5XW7JSL | 320 pages | EPUB | 0.36 Mb
‘A gripping story, told with insight and pace…’ Richard Foreman
Behind Enemy Lines
On the morning of 6 June 1944 – D-Day – Captain John Tonkin and Lieutenant Richard Crisp were dropped deep inside Occupied France. They were to lead an SAS troop to stop the German’s bringing up reinforcements to repel the invasion.
Sabotage teams were sent out to blow up roads, railways and marshalling yards. But soon their camp was surrounded by 450 SS troops. Thirty captured men, under Lieutenant Crisp, were murdered under Hitler’s notorious Kommandobefehl, ordering the summary execution of all commandos caught in German-held territory.
A second troop under Lieutenants Ian Stewart and Ian Wellsted operating further to the east had more success. They cut the main railway lines twenty-two times, derailing six trains and destroying three locomotives and some forty wagons.
Synthetic fuel plants were mortared. Power lines and telephone lines were downed. A dozen enemy airfield were reconnoitred for air attack. Thousands of maquis were armed and trained. Prisoners were taken and sixteen Allied airmen rescued.
Leaving German morale severally dented, Wellsted led the troop back to the advancing Allied lines, shooting up retreating German convoys as they went.
Behind Enemy Lines is the story of courage under fire.
Into the Iranian Embassy
On 30 April 1980, six armed terrorists took over the Iranian Embassy in London. For six days, there was a standoff.
But when they began killing hostages, heavily armed men clad in black, faces obscured by balaclavas, abseiled down the building and smashed their way in. Within minutes the terrorists were dead and the remaining hostages free.
The moment was captured on live TV and broadcast worldwide. This was the dramatic debut of the SAS, whose wartime exploits had long been forgotten by many.
Since the Special Air Service had been disbanded in 1945, it had stealthily been reformed with an anti-terrorist role. Now they proved their mettle in front of millions.
But the outcome was not a forgone conclusion. Things could have gone very wrong if it had not been for the extraordinary skill and training of the Regiment and the leadership of Peter de la Billiиre, who went on to lead the British forces in the Gulf War.
Into the Lion’s Den
In the 1991 Gulf War, Special Forces played a vital role behind enemy lines. Their job was to prevent the launching of Scud missiles that threatened to bring Israel into the war with dire consequences.
One eight-man SAS patrol – Bravo Two Zero – found itself disastrously compromised. They were pursed across Iraq in freezing conditions by a ruthless enemy.
One man was killed in action. Two died of hypothermia. Four were captured and brutally tortured. Only one man miraculously escaped.
The patrol became famous when its leader, calling himself Andy McNab, published the book Bravo Two Zero. It told a tale of heroism and endurance.
Into The Lion’s Den pieces together the different accounts to show what really happened to Bravo Two Zero. Although the patrol failed, its members did nothing to discredit the SAS’s famous motto: "Who Dares Wins."
Nigel Cawthorne is the author of over two hundred books. He lives in London.
Praise for the Who Dares Wins series:
‘An interesting and detailed account of little known operations by British special forces behind enemy lines prior to D Day 1944’. Gordon Corrigan
‘Sheds light on the famous operation and its contested legacy… entertaining and informative.’ Oliver Webb-Carter, Aspects of History
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