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HE WHO DARES: Recollections of Service in the SAS, SBS and MI5, by David Sutherland, Naval Institute Press, Special Warfare Series, Annapolis 1999, ISBN 1-55750-346-X. This book is a personal recollection of special operations during another war, World War II, mostly in the Aegean area and covering raids on German-held airfields, in conjunction with Greek resistance fighters, who risked their lives and that of their families. The author served in the Army during World War II and until 1955, when he joined MI5, for whom he worked for twenty-five years. Although the title indicates coverage of his MI5 years, this gets short shrift in a few pages. The book really covers the Special Boat Service, an arm of the SAS, and its operations against the Germans. For those interested in this aspect of the Great War, another personal recollection of the small actions that fill in the grand history of that conflict. (RoyJ)

Reviewed in AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #35-99, 3 Sep 1999

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