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The SAS ‘Deniables’ (Hardback)

Special Forces Operations, denied by the Authorities, from Vietnam to the War on Terror

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By Tony May
Frontline Books
Pages: 312
Illustrations: Central plate section
ISBN: 9781399096300
Published: 23rd February 2022



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During the 10,000-day Vietnam war Australia had agreed with the United States to have a team of Australian Army Special Air Services (SAS) soldiers conduct covert missions into Cambodia. The SAS soldiers would be bivouacked in Thailand.

With their names changed for security and personal safety reasons, this is a dramatized story of events that actually happened involving a small band of Australian Special Air Service trained specialists involved in covert intelligence activities who were co-opted into the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) repertoire of Plausibly Deniable assets deployed worldwide into the shadows of political indulgence in locations where Australian forces should not be seen or heard.

These Australian SAS Covert operations undertaken are incidents that have never before been exposed and include cross-sovereign-border infiltrations into Cambodia and the daily operations of the elimination of Viet Cong munition dumps. Also revealed are an unauthorized fatal attack by United States Army helicopters on SAS warriors; the rescue of French tourists kidnapped by Muslim terrorists in Mindanao, Philippines, and Operation Eye of the Storm into Northern Kuwait/Eastern Iraq evolving into Desert Storm.

As revealed these covert operations included offshore intervention of East Timorese Fretilin Terrorists sabotaging Australian offshore Exploration and Oil Drilling activities in the Timor Sea; Back Door into Hell during the Somalia conflict, plus covert black ops elimination of Muslim Jihadist activities on homeland soil assisted by Israeli intelligence.

This astounding exposé opens the closed door behind which governments operate to deal quietly with situations they prefer not to mention.

Overall, The SAS ‘Deniables’ offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the covert world of intelligence and special operations, and is a must-read for anyone interested in military history or international relations.

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Medieval Sword School

I found this to be a very enjoyable and informative read. It was well written and researched with the details of each SAS mission clearly laid out.

Ian Mikalson

This book looking at the Australian unit is long overdue in giving the Australian SAS some well deserved praise.

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An amazing and heart-stopping account of Australian SAS officers' involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Britain at War

First and Foremost ,” the SAS Deniables “ was one of those books that I didn’t want to finish and limited my reading content to a few chapters per sitting .

I was totally immersed from the get-go with Major Pete and his SAS team starting with their covert operations in Cambodia till the final chapter on the Islamic terrorists on Aussie soil .

Having a background in the oil and gas and construction sectors, having worked the last 38 years in Thailand /SE Asia , Middle East and Oz , and having visited most if not all of the geographical locations and distances mentioned in the book were exactly spot on for being 100% accurate in all peripheral details .

Also the oil -field jargon , the military jargon and other related ( Manly ) nomenclature was also spot on for accuracy and usage in my opinion ..

I thoroughly the enjoyed each geographical SAS adventure and this made the book even more interesting per the many SAS missions and in the great detail of each mission per all the lead and supporting characters .

Re-iterating , even the smallest detail per each mission was written superbly ,

The final chapter was just as good as the first chapter .

A lot of research , time and due diligence was obviously done by Tony to get all the technical terms and usage in the correct format ,

I am sure this book will be a best seller as there are tens of thousands of UK/Aussie/ US / NATO vets, construction hands and older guys, retired and living in SE Asia that would thoroughly enjoy this lovely book .

Gary Stevens

Huge war buff so this one was a no brainer for me.

I enjoyed the story telling of these characters and what happened leading up to Desert Storm. This book is well written, well researched and uses fictitious names (obviously). I enjoyed the stories about Cambodia, Kuwait and even operations on the Australian mainland.

NetGalley, Liz Pegler

A non fiction book about a little known event during Vietnam War in which Australia sent members of the Australian Army Special Services (SAS) soldiers to Cambodia. In agreement with the United States. Needless to say this was also another event in American history that I knew nothing about no surprise there. This book was very informative and eye opening.

NetGalley, Carissa Miller

The book is well written and I feel that it is well researched and I understand why the author uses fictive names on the people involved. If you like me is interested in the gray side of military operations in history I strongly recommend this book.

NetGalley, Abibliofob (Booknerd)

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About Tony May

TONY MAY spent the early years of his career as a fabricator/welder in the oil and gas industry working on offshore and onshore oil drilling rigs in several international locations including Africa, The Middle East and South East Asia. Returning to college in the early 1980s, Tony obtained a degree in Welding Engineering then entered the oilpatch construction industry spending multiple years working in Australia, Thailand and Indonesia managing fabrication facilities. At the conclusion of the Gulf War he joined the massive reconstruction project for the 1991 Kuwait oil fires project. Working and traveling the globe gave Tony copious amounts of material to create this challenging insight into a secret world. He now resides in Canada and remains involved within the oilpatch construction industry and continues to write.

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