SAS: Secret War (Paperback)
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In 1970 the SAS was called in to support the Sultan of Oman’s armed forces in their bitter struggle against a Communist-backed insurrection.
The task in hand was not to obliterate the enemy, for these were the Sultan’s subjects, but to persuade the rebels to join the Omani government’s side, as well as encouraging the independently-minded peoples of the Jebel Dhofar to abandon their support for the insurgents. If necessary, these objectives were to be achieved by demonstrating that the insurgents could never win the armed struggle.
This is the gripping story of the part played in the conflict by the men and squadrons of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, the first full SAS squadron in the region. Written by the man who commanded that unit and who successfully raised the first bands of Dhofari irregulars to fight for the Sultan, SAS: Secret War provides a unique and personal insight into what was to become one of the most successful counter-insurgency campaigns of the twentieth century.
A great book recommended if you have not read about this secret war before.AARSE
The events since the Anbar Awakening have made SAS Secret War a much more relevant readSmall Wars Journal
today than when it was republished in 2005. It remains to be seen whether the coming years will
be similarly kind to General Jeapes’ remarkable book. Whatever the future holds, serious
students of population-centric counterinsurgency will find SAS Secret War to be a valuable and
instructive addition to their library.
Tony Jeaps' work is one of the seminal books about post Second World War special forces soldiering and therefore an essential read for those interested in small campaigns and how small groups of carefully selected, dedicated professional soldiers make an extraordinary contribution. It is a challenge to read the book and not to want to find out more.Oxford & Cambridge Club Military History Group