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Keystone of 22 SAS (Hardback)

The Life and Times of Lieutenant Colonel J M (Jock) Woodhouse MBE MC

WWII SAS & Elite Forces 20th Century Military

By Alan Hoe
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 242
ISBN: 9781526745057
Published: 25th April 2019


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For all its successes, the future of the Special Air Service was uncertain after the Second World War. Resurrected as 22 SAS Regiment for the Malayan Emergency, after a shaky start it evolved into an important tool in the struggle against terrorism.

Credit for this renaissance in the 1950s must go to a small group of highly motivated officers, of these, Lieutenant Colonel John Woodhouse stood out. As this overdue biography written by an SAS insider describes, Woodhouse’s energy, military knowledge and courage were pivotal to establishing the standards that made 22 SAS into the world’s leading special force unit.

At the expense of his own promising career Woodhouse continued to serve the SAS leading The Regiment (as it became known) through campaigns in Oman, Borneo, Radfan and South Arabia, as it built its unrivalled reputation.

After leaving the Army Woodhouse became a sought after counter-terrorist Consultant taking an advisory and active role in operations worldwide.

While Colonel Sir David Stirling publicly acknowledged Woodhouse as a co-founder, his role has not been widely recognised. As this fascinating book reveals, without his efforts there would probably be no 22 SAS today.

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About Alan Hoe

Alan Hoe enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals at the age of fifteen years. At the age of eighteen he joined 22 SAS Regiment. He remained with the SAS for over twenty years achieving the rank of major and taking part in five active service campaigns. After his retirement he spent many years in South America in risky security work. During his army service and after he knew John Woodhouse, as a military subordinate and latterly as a friend.

Hoe’s published works include Terrorism: Threat & Response (with Eric Morris, 1987), The Negotiator (written as James March, 1988); David Stirling: The Authorised Biography of the Creator of the SAS (1992); Re-enter with SAS (with Eric Morris, 1994), The Quiet Professional (2011), voted military Book of the Year by the Association of the US Army, and Enyway…A Jump is a Jump (2008).

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