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Raid #04: Who Dares Wins: The SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege 1980

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For 5 days in May 1980, thousands watched around the world as the shadowy figures of the SAS performed a daring and dramatic raid on the Iranian Embassy in London, catapulting a little-known specialist unit into the full glare of the world's media. Hailed by Margaret Thatcher as "a brilliant operation, carried out with courage and confidence," the raid was a huge success for the SAS, who managed to rescue nineteen hostages with near-perfect military execution, although two hostages were killed by terrorists. Despite the acclaim and media attention, details of the siege are still largely unknown and those at the heart of the story, the identities of the SAS troopers themselves, remain a closely guarded secret.

This book takes a concise and in-depth look at the dramatic events of the Iranian Embassy Siege, revealing the political background behind it and carefully analyzing the controversial decision by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to sign over control of the streets of London to the military. Unique bird's eye view artwork illustrates the moment the walls were breached and show how the strict planning of the operation was critical to its success. With input from those involved in the mission, and discussion on the effective training regimes of the SAS, the author strips away some of the mystery behind the best counter-terrorism unit in the world and their most famous raid.

About the Author

Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds a doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. He is the author of The French Revolutionary Wars, The Peninsular War, 1807-1814, The Fall of the French Empire, 1813-1815, The Boer War, 1899-1902, The Wars of the Barbary Pirates, Trafalgar 1805, and Nelson's Sailors. He is also editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and co-editor of the five-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War. He has long-held a fascination with the development and deployment of special forces and the SAS in particular. The author lives in Surrey, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846033957
Author:
Fremont-barnes, Gregory
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing (UK)
Illustrator:
Kozik, Mariusz
Illustrator:
Gerrard, Howard
Author:
Kozik, Mariusz
Author:
Fremont-Barnes, Gregory
Author:
Gerrard, Howard
Author:
Barnes, Gregory
Author:
Various
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Special Forces
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Raid
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 B/W; 20 COL
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
9.80x7.28x.16 in. .43 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Special Forces
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
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