Thirty true and graphic accounts of the most heroic SAS and special forces missions ever undertaken into the most dangerous place of all - behind enemy lines. Bang up to date, this unputdownable collection includes the most recent operations into Irag 2003, Afghanistan and Bosnia, and features the entire range of special forces from SAS, Commandos and Rangers, to Navy Seals and Paratroopers. Among the legendary, derring-do 'behind the lines' operations of the Special Forces from their formation in 1940 onwards are the Green Berets in 'Nam, the Royal Marine Commandos in the Falklands, the SBS in the Aegean in WWII, and US Navy Seals in the Gulf War. Also included are several accounts that lift the shroud from clandestine 'eyes-only' operations of ultimate danger, such as 1 SAS's attempted assassination of Rommel and 22 SAS's 'claret' raids into Indonesia in 1964. Each account is introduced by a mini-essay illustrating fascinating pieces of special forces hardware, kit or training, such as SAS Evasion and Rescue training, the Accuracy International L96A1 sniper rifle and US Special Forces selection.
Jon E. Lewis is a historian and writer, whose books on history and military history are sold worldwide. He is also editor of many The Mammoth Book of anthologies, including the bestselling On the Edge and Endurance and Adventure. He holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in history. His work has appeared in New Statesman, the Independent, Time Out and the Guardian. He lives in Herefordshire with his partner and children. Praise for his previous books: England: The Autobiography: 'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's Army The British Soldier: The Autobiography: 'this thoughtful compilation ... almost unbearably moving.' Guardian 'Compelling tommy's eye view of war.' Daily Telegraph 'What a book. Five stars.' Daily Express