NZSAS : The First Fifty Years

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NZSAS: The First Fifty Years is the first and only official history of New Zealand's elite Special Forces, the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS). From their first ever engagements in the jungles of Malaya in 1956, through to the Vietnam War and on to modern conflicts in East Timor and Afghanistan, this book traces the history and development of 1 NZSAS Group. Illustrated with maps and never-before-seen photographs, the book provides a rare and fascinating insight into the clandestine world of the NZSAS. Since the best-selling biography Willie Apiata, VC: The Reluctant Hero was published by Penguin, public interest in the NZSAS has skyrocketed. Chief of the NZ Defence Force: Like any family, 1 NZSAS Group's stories are part of the glue that binds them together. But for reasons of operational security, the activities and personalities of New Zealand's Special Forces have, until now, largely remained their own - shrouded in secrecy. This book has an essential role in informing anyone with an interest in how this Unit's special capabilities have been relied on in numerous deployments, over a range of environments, across the decades of its existence.
Such unusual openness I believe cannot help but promote confidence, and ultimately improve the level of understanding of 1 NZSAS Group - whose history deserves the accolade it aspires to of being the elite Unit of the New Zealand Defence Force.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 29mm | 1,060g
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • photographs, maps
  • 0143203436
  • 9780143203438

About Ron Crosby

Ron Crosby has an honours degree in law but over the last decade has increasingly been occupied with writing New Zealand historical and military books. Ron lives in Marlborough with his wife Margy, whose Te Rarawa/Te Aupouri descent, coupled with his legal work in the area of the Treaty of Waitangi, motivated his writing of The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-iwi Conflict 1806 - 1845 (1999). Other more recent publications have included Gilbert Mair: Te Kooti's Nemesis (2004), Andris Apse: Odyssey and Images (2006) and Albaneta: Lost Opportunity at Cassino (2007), NZSAS: The First Fifty Years (2009).
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