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E-Mail: The SAS

I've got an idea of what to add onto your badass website: the British SAS. I know they're not American forces, but they've got a HELL of a reputation!  

Here's a short history of the SAS's badassery, if this helps: Created by Lieutenant (later Colonel) David Stirling in 1941 in the desert of North Africa, their first deployments against the Germans added to driving onto German airfields and shooting up planes with explosive rounds in high-calibre machine guns attached to jeeps, and apparently, they destroyed more aircraft than the RAF did during the North African campaign.  

In the 1950s, they were deployed to the jungles of Malaysia and were involved in undermining the Communist insurgents there who had rebelled against British rule. While the British colonials gave way to allow democratically-ruled governments, the SAS crippled the insurgents by raiding their bases, capping their leaders, and also in helping civilians to turn them against the Communists.  

In the 1960s, they did a similar thing to defend Borneo against Indonesia by sending raiding parties secretly in to destroy bases and stop them from raiding and destroying villages, and were successful again. In Aden, they were assigned to defending the pro-british sultan against rebels and were sent on a long march into the mountains to attack their base, carrying up to between 50-70lbs on their backs. It wasn't even known whether the climb was possible, but they made it, and the attack was a success.  

In the 1970s, they went into Oman to start similar missions to help the Omanis defend themselves against Communist insurgents. They established a base in the hills and the Communists tried and failed to oust them from their turf. In the town of Mirbat on the coast, they were training soldiers when they came under attack from 200 men. One or two Omanis and 9 SAS men held back against up to 200 Communist insurgents. One SAS man kept a howitzer going alone (when it was normally a 3-man piece), and when he was injured, his friend ran across open ground to reach him and defend him. He was also hit, but managed to continue to fire against the enemy.  

From the 1970s to the 1990s, they began the war against the IRA, and accounted for two successful ambushes against them. One in Loughgall when 8 of them went to blow up a police station. They lit the bomb and opened fire on the police station. The bomb went off, but nobody was killed - though all the IRA men were killed by the SAS who ambushed them. The second one they carried out was against three men who tried to murder an ex-police officer who they suspected to be guilty of something, I'm not sure what, but they watched the road he used, took an SAS man posing at the coal man, then when the IRA turned up, they opened fire and killed all three of them.  

In the 1980s, they came into the public eye when terrorists began a siege in the Iranian Embassy in London. The SAS were deployed nearby, and when one of the terrorists shot a hostage, the SAS stormed in and only one terrorist survived. The rest were shot immediately. When abseiling down a building, a fire broke out after curtains doused in petrol were set alight by stun grenades. One SAS man was tangled in his abseil kit and suffered 1st degree burns but still cut himself down and led his men into the building. Another one took off his gas mask after it melted from the fire, and led his attack without protection from tear gas, smoke, stun grenades, etc.  

In 1991, they repeated their North-African all-out-balls-of-steel charges by sneaking onto Iraqi bases, setting explosives at radar dishes etc, then escaping the enemy - shooting back at AND getting shot at - before they blew.  

In 2001, the SAS carried out an assault on an Al Qaeda base in operation trent, and after an air strike, led a massive attack where there were injuries, but amazingly, nobody killed, except scores of Al Qaeda troops. That's all I know so far, because very little now leaks out.  

  Their selection process is also gruelling: They learn to carry heavy loads across long distances with tight time limits, eventually building up to 40 miles in 20 hours with 55lbs on their backs. Those who get past that get trained in every firearm under the sun, patrol tactics, etc, and are sent to the jungle for a month or two to test that. Those who get past that are trained in combat survival, and given a survival kit, and a world war II uniform and are told to simply escape from a hunter force and get to a checkpoint without failing. When they get there/if captured, they are interrogated, beaten up, disorientated, stripped naked and presented to a snidey woman, even handcuffed to a railway track which they run a train down - just to intimidate them! If they get past this, they do parachute training if need be, and accepted as SAS men pretty much straight away. After that, they learn all the other skills they need.  

Hope this helps!


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