The SAS 1983-2014

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Highly-trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world

  • Author: Leigh Neville
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis

Their missions are uniquely diverse, ranging from counter-terrorist responses at home and abroad counter-insurgency in collaboration with US Delta Force and other foreign Special Forces mobile operations in support of conventional forces targeting terrorist leaders and man-hunting war criminals, to direct action raids.

This book charts the changing organization and operational emphases of the Regiment over the past 25 years its individual deployments and operations, including those planned but aborted, joint missions with other British and foreign units. It sheds light on the SASs involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the widespread use of the SAS in counter terrorism and counterinsurgency operations since 9/11.


Leigh Neville is an Australian national currently living and working in Sydney. He has travelled and worked internationally, was based in Europe for ten years, and now works for a large American consultancy he is currently completing a Masters programme in International Studies. He has previously written: Elite 163, Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and Elite 170, Special Operations Forces in Iraq.

Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.


  • Introduction: formation brief overview of ops from WW II to Falklands War 1982 
  • The Embassy Effect - worldwide interest since Iranian Embassy counter-terrorist op in 1980 - foreign training ops 
  • Op Banner - the SAS in Northern Ireland 
  • Op Granby 1990-91 - the SAS in the First Gulf War 
  • The 1990s - the Balkans, and Sierra Leone 
  • Op Veritas 2001 - frustrating first ops in Afghanistan 
  • Op Row 2003 - Task Force 14 in Iraq 
  • Op Telic 2003-2009 - Task Force Black & TF Knight in Iraq - joint ops with US SF 
  • Op Herrick 2006-2014 - Task Force 84 in Afghanistan 
  • Weapons, Equipment & Vehicles 
  • Special Forces Support Group 
  • Commonwealth SAS - Australia & New Zealand

Used with permission, copyright 2017 Osprey Publishing. Copyright 2017 Brey Corp. t/a Hobby Works.

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