Rogue Warrior of the SAS: The Blair Mayne Legend

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Random House, Oct 14, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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More than half a century after his death, Lt Col. Robert Blair Mayne is still regarded as one of the greatest soldiers in the history of military special operations. He was the most decorated British soldier of the Second World War, receiving four DSOs, the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'honneur, and he pioneered tactics used today by the SAS and other special operations units worldwide.

Rogue Warrior of the SAS tells the remarkable life story of 'Colonel Paddy', whose exceptional physical strength and uniquely swift reflexes made him a fearsome opponent. But his unorthodox rules of war and his resentment of authority would deny him the ultimate accolade of the Victoria Cross.

Drawing on personal letters and family papers, declassified SAS files and records, together with the Official SAS Diary compiled in wartime and eyewitness accounts from many who served with him, the picture emerges of a soldier who, although a flawed hero, was unquestionably one of the most distinctive combatants of the campaigns in the Western Desert and Europe.


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Fig 1 North African Desert 19413
Fig 2 Assault operations by Special Raiding Squadron 1 SAS in Sicily and Italy 1943
Fig 3 Diagram of a typical SAS dropping zone DZ in France 1944
Fig 4 SAS operational bases in France 1944
Fig 5 SAS operations in NW Germany 1945
Fig 6 Lt Philip Schlees map drawn for the authors of the scene in which Paddy Blair Mayne gained his fourth DSO
map ref 076421 sheet N3 Minden 1100000

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Martin Dillon is also the author of several other books, including The Trigger Men, The Shankill Butchers, God and the Gun and The Dirty War. He has been described by the Irish Times as 'one of the most creative writers of our time'.

The late Roy Bradford served with Army Intelligence during the Second World War and subsequently worked as a TV producer and writer. He was the author of two novels, Excelsior and The Last Ditch.

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