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SAS: PHANTOMS OF THE JUNGLE. The first book devoted exclusively to Australia's elite special forces soldiers at war in Borneo and Vietnam. Rare NEW original 1989 edition. 527 pages.

Click to EnlargeSAS: PHANTOMS OF THE JUNGLE. Published 1989, the American edition. This is the first book devoted exclusively to Australia's elite special forces soldiers in Borneo and Vietnam. 527 pages. Scores of superior photographs, drawings and detailed battle maps.

Operating in small LRRP-size teams, the S.A.S. is known for its meticulous planning and superb soldiering, and were called the Phantoms of the Jungle by the communists. Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews, this captivating work thoroughly examines the similarity and differences of operations and actual combat in Borneo and Vietnam.

Summary: The purpose of this book is to describe the operations of the Australian Special Air Service from its establishment in 1957 to the present time., including all combat operations in Borneo & Vietnam. It is not intended to be an organisational history of the regiment or a year book of events and personalities. Rather it seeks to show how the SAS has been employed in peace and war. The book also seeks to put to rest some misconceptions about the role and purpose of the SAS. The first concerns secrecy. It is true that SAS operational techniques are best kept secret, and obviously while on operations the SAS is careful about security, particularly concerning the details of future missions. But in many respects the SAS has little to hide. The regiment is as much under military discipline and control as any other unit in the Australian Army. Its roles are clearly stated and are in accordance with government policy. No particular effort is made to hide the identity of SAS soldiers and, except for specific exercises, they wear uniform while on duty.

Another misconception concerns the nature of the men in the SAS. They are not Rambo types, super-soldiers, or wild men itching for a fight. There is no doubt that they are tough, but they are intelligent, highly disciplined and professional in their approach. It is hoped that through describing the development of the SAS and its experiences on operations, this book will promote a better understanding of the nature of the SAS. It is also hoped that it will give recognition to the relatively small group of men who have served Australia with courage and devotion, but with little public acknowledgement, over a period of 30 years.

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