Military and Special Forces Books

    • Eye of the Storm
      Peter Ratcliffe, DCM, ex-SAS
      Book covers the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, the Falklands War and the 1991 Gulf War. Ratcliffe spent 25 years in the SAS.
    • Highway to Hell
      John Geddes, ex-SAS
      Book deals with his time in Iraq after 2003 as a private security contractor. Geddes was a Warrant Officer in the SAS and now works in security.
    • Bravo Two Zero
      Andy McNab, ex-SAS
      Dealing with the Bravo Two Zero patrol. McNab is a famous author who has written many fiction books depicting characters in Special Forces.
    • The Real Bravo Two Zero
      Michael Asher, ex-Territorial Army SAS
      Author of many books. This one cast doubt on McNab’s and Ryan’s accounts of the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero patrol (1991 First Gulf War).
  • Soldier Five (about Bravo Two Zero)

Mike Coburn, ex-SAS

  • Another patrol member who put forward his own account of events drawn from his experience, and exonerated the memory of Vince Phillips.
    (link to an interview with the Guardian newspaper in 2004)
  • Soldier Against The Odds

Donald ‘Lofty’ Large, ex-SAS
Details time from Korean War to SAS. Lofty Large was one of the few Non-Commissioned Officers to write books before those that came out after the First Gulf War. A career soldier for 27 years with 16 years’ service in the SAS.

  • SAS Secret War
    Major General Tony Jeapes, CB, OBE, MC, ex-SAS
    Book relates details of a secret war fought in Oman from 1971-76. Jeapes went on to become commanding officer of 22 SAS.
  • Close Quarter Battle
    Mike Curtis, ex-SAS
    Deals with author’s time in 2 Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War in 1982 and in the SAS during the conflicts in the Gulf and Bosnia.
  • Who Dares Wins
    Tony Geraghty
    A history of the SAS. The author has written several books about the SAS.
  • Shoot To Kill
    Michael Asher, ex-TA SAS
    Autobiography including recruitment into Parachute Regiment and SAS, and time spent in Ireland with the Paras.
  • No Mean Soldier
    Peter McAleese, ex-SAS
    The book covers time as a mercenary after leaving the SAS and an aborted operation in Colombia
  • Once A Pilgrim
    Will Scully, ex-SAS
    Covers a short time in Sierra Leone in 1997 when Scully’s hotel was under siege by armed terrorists. A very good book of an extraordinary event.
  • The SAS Survival Handbook
    John Wiseman, ex-SAS
    How to survive in the wild, in any climate, on land or at sea. John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman was Chief Survival Instructor for the SAS and was in the SAS for 26 years.
  • Battlefield Afghanistan
    Mike Ryan
    Author has drawn on first-hand accounts of war in Afghanistan from men in 3 Para, 16 AAB, the Royal Marines and the Special Forces community. Published 2008.
  • Operation Certain Death
    Damien Lewis
    Details SAS/Parachute Regiment operation in Sierra Leone in 2000 to rescue 11 British Army hostages from armed rebel gangs
  • Ultimate Risk by Mark Nicol

The biggest and most destructive mission in SAS recent history, half of the world’s most elite regiment took on Al Qaeda’s crack forces in Afghanistan. The target was a $100 million opium storage plant, which doubled as an Al Qaeda local command centre, in Kandahar province. Published 2003

    • Task Force Black (SAS in Iraq)
      Mark Urban

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