The EliteThe Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service 1960-1983

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The Rhodesian Special Air Service, one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world, operated almost exclusively across borders during the long bitter bush war, undertaking deep-penetration missions against insurgents being harboured inside neighbouring Mozambique and Zambia.

The Rhodesian Special Air Service, one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world, operated almost exclusively across borders during the long bitter bush war, undertaking deep-penetration missions against insurgents being harboured inside neighbouring Mozambique and Zambia. There were missions into Botswana too, and at one stage, the SAS was operating without benefit of passport in all three neighbouring territories at the same time. Long before the war escalated and the whole region became their battlefield, clandestine cross-border missions were undertaken by SAS operators.

Later, when the situation intensified, they were responsible for some of the most audacious and highly sensitive missions of the war. This is the first book to detail the secret exploits of this elite regiment and it has been based on rare first-hand interviews with operators themselves. It is a history of high adventure and daring, courage and humanism, be it driving through the streets of a neighbouring capital, knocking out trains, bridges and installations or swooping out of the morning skies then, with the ability to hit hard and fast, attacking and taking their leave, the devastation complete, the mission accomplished.

This edition, which combines the original and the subsequent pictorial editions—originally published in the mid-1980s and long since out of print—is presented in a modern, attractive, upgraded format and includes photographs not previously seen in colour.

Barbara Cole

Barbara Cole has worked as a journalist on newspapers in England, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and South Africa. She was a High Court reporter for the Rhodesia Herald at the start of the bush war and saw many an insurgent, albeit from the safety of the Press bench. Later, when she worked for the Ministry of Information, her job involved distributing dreaded wartime communiqués about the latest incidents and casualties.

With the war over, she spent several years tracking down operators and getting them to tell their experiences. The fact that secrecy is a way of life with the SAS makes this all the more remarkable.

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