David Stirling

David Stirling : The Authorised Biography of the Creator of the SAS

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Sir David Stirling was both a charismatic, controversial soldier and one of the most outstanding military thinkers of our time. After examining Stirling's background and colourful youth, Alan Hoe describes the evolution of the philosophy that led to the creation of the 1st Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) in North Africa during World War II. In addition to a detailed analysis of a number of SAS operations, Hoe tells of Stirling's capture and escapes from Gavi and Marisch Trubau before his incarceration in Colditz, from where he set up an amazing intelligence network whilst planning for SAS deployment in China. His post-war activities on the national and international stage reinforced his reputation for excitement and controversy. This meticulously researched, fascinating - and often critical - biography clears much of the secrecy surrounding Sir David Stirling the man, whilst demonstrating the undoubted humour and humility, expertise, courage and daring of the creator of the SAS.show more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 33, 1 maps
  • 0753823047
  • 9780753823040

About Alan Hoe

Alan Hoe joined the SAS in 1960 as a Trooper. He retired in 1980 in the rank of Major. His service (he has fought in the desert, amongst other places) has given him a deep understanding of the SAS. He can speak the language of soldiers, and has met all the surviving 'Originals' of 'L' Detachment (SAS). He was a trusted friend and confidant of David Stirling and wrote this book with the full cooperation of him and his family. He is the author of several books and has written for a number of journals and magazines on military strategies and international terrorism.show more