ISBN 9780091901820,The Originals: The Secret History of the Birth of the SAS: In Their Own Words

The Originals: The Secret History of the Birth of the SAS: In Their Own Words


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ISBN 9780091901820

Ebury Publishing

Publication Year 2006

ISBN 9780091901820

ISBN-10 0091901820


Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)


We've been approached something like 25 times since the war. I kicked each out the window because they weren't going to make it with the integrity we require the story of the SAS to be told.' - Colonel Sir David Stirling, OBE, DSO, Founder of the SAS

Based on over 120 hours of recently uncovered video and audio tape, The Originals tells the story of the birth of the SAS in the words of its founding members for the first time. Even David Stirling, founder of the regiment, contributed to the project - most historians believe he died without giving a single interview.

It is also a very human story of a gang of misfits coming together to create a unit like no other: a maverick son of a Scottish laird; a boy who lied about his age to enlist; a policeman; a cheeky cockney; a Lincolnshire boxer; an Irish rugby international imprisoned for beating up his commanding officer; an Oxford rowing president and a quietly spoken man of God.

The Originals covers the regiment's formation in 1941 to its supposed disbanding in 1945. With only two founding members alive today, it is not only an important document but a thrilling and moving read that will leave you reeling.