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SAS: Secret War (Paperback)

Operation Storm in the Middle East

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By Tony Jeapes
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Central 8-page plate section
ISBN: 9781848329812
Published: 26th May 2016
Last Released: 9th June 2021



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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.

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Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International

A great book recommended if you have not read about this secret war before.


The events since the Anbar Awakening have made SAS Secret War a much more relevant read
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.

Small Wars Journal

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

About Tony Jeapes

General Tony Jeapes joined the SAS in 1958 and continued to serve with them for the next nineteen years. He later became an instructor specializing in teaching counter-insurgency tactics and from 1974 to 1977 he went on to command 22nd SAS Regiment, during which time they were involved in active service both in Oman and Northern Ireland.

General Jeapes was awarded the Military Cross in 1959 and made an OBE in 1977.

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