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The Phantom Major,: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment (Special Forces Library) epub ebook

by Virginia Cowles

The Phantom Major,: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment (Special Forces Library) epub ebook

Author: Virginia Cowles
Category: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (June 9, 1988)
Pages: 368 pages
ISBN: 0586074503
ISBN13: 978-0586074503
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 344
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David Stirling seemed the unlikely man to create such a force The story was encapsulating and I could not put the book down the first time I read it. The guy who lent it to me wanted it back as he and my other room mate had passed th. .

David Stirling seemed the unlikely man to create such a force. He was not the dashing handsome hero, but rather an ordinary, even quiet-looking person whom one would hardly take notice. However, Stirling proved looks can be deceiving, for he was an extremely confident, competitive, determined and capable leader. The story was encapsulating and I could not put the book down the first time I read it. The guy who lent it to me wanted it back as he and my other room mate had passed the SAS Selection Course and were about to join the unit. The book is a great read and explains the hardships and intense training they went through.

The Phantom Major book. Cowles tells how a Scot named David Stirling conceived of the idea of a small group going undercover, taking enemy supplies by SURPRISE, destroying planes, fuel dumps, etc. Stirling felt the element of surprise was key, and had to sell his idea to the top brass despite derision, lack of imagination, status quo, skepticism. Next, he created and trained his recruits to extremely rigorous standards.

This military story is ideally suited to audio: Maps aren't necessary to follow its excitement, and the reader adds a pleasing dimension with his skill at accents, reminding us of whom the story is about.

Well written book from the memoirs of David Stirling the legendary british commander who set up the SAS, full on details on how he planned the first raids, dealing with high command and their lack of support, the fowl ups enroute to operations, Rommel's or German High Commands counter operations and even the betrayls by germans spies.

Her narrative, based on the eyewitness testimony of the men who took part, gives a fascinating insight into the early years of the SAS. Specifications. One interesting fact is that Stirling's group destroyed more aircraft then any RAF squadron. Cowles gathered her information from the diaries and interviews of survivors.

In 2002 the SAS memorial, a statue of Stirling standing on a rock, was unveiled on.The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment (Collins, 1958).

In 2002 the SAS memorial, a statue of Stirling standing on a rock, was unveiled on the Hill of Row near his family's estate at Park of Keir. Two bronze plaques were stolen from the statue sometime around the end of May 2014. The current Laird of the Keir estate is his nephew Archie Stirling, a millionaire businessman and former Scots Guards officer. Ghost Force: The Secret History of the SAS. London: Cassell Military Paperbacks. p. 10. ISBN 0304363677.

The men were the Special Air Service, the SAS, the brainchild of David .

The men were the Special Air Service, the SAS, the brainchild of David Stirling, a deceptively mild-mannered man with a brilliant idea. Her book about her own experiences as a journalist from 1936-42, Looking for Trouble, has recently been re-issued by Faber Finds.

COWLES, VIRGINIA (Author) Collins (Publisher). army, special forces, regiments, battalions. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)

COWLES, VIRGINIA (Author) Collins (Publisher). british army, special forces, land special forces, special air service, sas. sas regiment. special air service regiment. sas regiment, 1st. 1st special air service regiment. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.

item 3 Special forces library: The phantom major: the story of David Stirling and the -Special forces . Its a book I read many years ago when young. Its the history of the SAS when in its infancy. Great read about a very new concept in going to war and inflicting damage to the enemy.

item 3 Special forces library: The phantom major: the story of David Stirling and the -Special forces library: The phantom major: the story of David Stirling and the. £. 4. item 4 The Phantom Major (Special forces library), Cowles, Virginia, Used; Good Book -The Phantom Major (Special forces library), Cowles, Virginia, Used; Good Book. David Sterling had a vision and he made it happen, his own senior staff were his worst enemy.

Colonel David Stirling was a pioneer of British Special Forces. David Stirling (right) greets an SAS patrol on its return from a desert mission, 1942. In 1941, he founded the Special Air Service (SAS) in Egypt to undertake small-scale raids behind enemy lines. Archibald David Stirling (1915-90) was born in Keir House, Perthshire, into an aristocratic Scottish family with a proud military heritage.

Reviews (2)
Bloodfire
The greatest thing about this book is the character David Stirling and the unbelievable things he and his guys did. David conceived the idea of the SAS and got permission to train a group of men to go behind enemy lines, onto enemy property, and blow up planes, trucks, and supplies. This book is about the SAS in northern Africa in 1941-1942. I believe it was written from interviews and correspondence with SAS veterans. It is nonfiction enhanced with dialogue. Dialogue from recollections is fine with me. I would not want to read it encyclopedia style.

I love these guys. I can’t believe the things they did. Their truth is stranger than fiction. They bluff, lie, and sometimes charge their way through German and Italian roadblocks. Many times they are shot at but they get away. David has unbelievable luck. He leads dangerous missions where others die and he gets shot at many times, but he never gets hit, and he survives all of it. Makes me wonder if part of it is making his own luck. Part of his success is that what he does is so outrageous and unexpected that enemy soldiers are not suspicious because they would never do it themselves. For example a group of SAS are lying on the ground behind bushes hiding. A German soldier sees them. One of the SAS makes a loud drunken snore. The German walks away doing nothing.

The SAS are driving a truck full of explosives. The Germans are chasing them but they get away. Then one of the fuses ignites from going over a bump, so they jump out of the tuck. It explodes and they are stranded in the desert. And they laugh.

The SAS remind me of fearless mischievous teenagers, seeking danger, excitement, adrenaline, and dares. David has just returned from one raid. He hears about a target and says to his men that sounds fun, who wants to go?

MY SUGGESTIONS:
I’d like to see a different author do this book. This was published in 1958. I would hope there is more material that could be researched and added. And maybe add more about David’s personality and character outside of the SAS. I know that he incurred large gambling debts later in life. That fits. He had to be a gambler to do the things he did. I believe he was a poor student in school. I wonder if he had something like ADD. I’d be happy with a longer book and to read more about some of the other characters.

The audiobook needs a pdf file with pictures and maps. There are maps in the book but none for the audiobook. I think a glossary of some of the military terms would also be good (put in the pdf).

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
This was narrated by Robert Whitfield aka Simon Vance in 2001. He did a good job, but at times he spoke a little too fast for me. I wonder if he was shortening the time for cd purposes.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person, plus readings from letters and journals. Unabridged audiobook length: 8 hrs and 49 mins. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual content: none. Setting: mostly 1941-1942 Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. Book copyright: 1958. Genre: historical nonfiction, WWII.

in waiting
As someone who studies military history, this book does a great job at giving the broad details of how the Special Air Service (SAS) came about. I'm sure there is more in between but I recommend this as a starter.

Aside from the historical value, it is packed full of adventure. Extraordinary stories of some of the lesser known parts of the African side WW2. Detailed combat, escape and evasion, tactics, and general troop tomfoolery. Parachuting behind enemy lines with rifle, a canteen and some explosives. If you like paratrooper stuff, this is your read, or listen. Many tactics used today got the their foundation on these operations. Stuff the fiction writer can literally only imagine.

Audio delivery was great. Different tones for different players and events.

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