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Page created 15 July 2000. Corrected and updated 14.07.2006
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Special Air Service Regiment
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom  
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1941.07 No. 62 Commando
formed at Kabrit, Egypt, including some personnel of No. 7 Commando. Operated as "L Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade" (the detachment consisting of 66 men, and the brigade being a non-existent higher formation for enemy deception)
1941.09 No. 1 Small Scale Raiding Force
1942.10 1st Special Air Service
1943-45 2nd-5th SAS formed
1944.04.01 Special Air Service Regiment
formed to encompass existing SAS units, and joined Army Air Corps
1946.06.30 disbanded
1947.07.01 Special Air Service Regiment
re-formed in Army Air Corps, consisting solely of a T.A. regiment:
1949.08 independent corps (separated from Army Air Corps)
1950 Z Sqn mobilised as The Malayan Scouts for Malayan Emergency
1950.05.13 SAS constituted a corps for purposes of the Army Act (i.e. able to raise multiple units)
1952 reorganised as two units:
1959 second regiment formed in T.A.:
1967.04.01 R Squadron, Special Air Service Regiment (V) formed as TAVR I unit at Hereford, consisting of specially selected men from 21st SAS Regiment and 23rd SAS Regiment and attached to the regular 22nd SAS Regiment; redesignated later as L Detachment; 21st SAS and 23rd SAS transferred to TAVR II
pip The SAS UK
pip Special Air Service, by Huub
pip Special Air Service Regiment (Special Operations.Com)
pip The SAS (Combat Online)
pip Special Air Service Regiment, by Glenvil Roberts.
pip Special Air Service (SAS), by Jeff Jensen.
pip S.A.S., by Cagiva.
pip S.A.S., by Gladio [in Italian]
pip 22 SAS Who Dares Wins
SAS (Terrorism 101)
pip A Word about the SAS, by H. Marshall [poem]
HQ and Depot:
  Airborne Forces Depot, Aldershot [1952-1957]
  SAS HQ & Depot, Malvern [1957-1960]
  SAS HQ & Depot, Hereford [1960-present]
1st Special Air Service [1941-1946] construction sign
2nd Special Air Service [1943-1946] construction sign
3rd Special Air Service [1941-1945] construction sign
4th Special Air Service [1941-1945] construction sign
5th Special Air Service [1942-1945] construction sign
Helios Lokos [1942-1945] construction sign
22nd Special Air Service Regiment [1950-present]
Territorials and Volunteers:
21st Special Air Service Regiment (Artists' Rifles)[1947-present]
23rd Special Air Service Regiment [1959-present]


63 (SAS) Signal Squadron [1950-present]

R Squadron [1967-present]
Parachute Squadron [1955-1957]
Special Reconnaissance Squadron [1962-1964]

The Second World War:  North-West Europe 1944-45, Benghazi Raid, Tobruk 1941, North Africa 1940-43, Landing in Sicily, Sicily 1943, Termoli, Valli di Commacchio, Italy 1943-45, Greece 1944-45, Adriatic, Middle East 1943-44

Falkland Islands 1982, Western Iraq, Gulf 1991, Western Iraq 2003

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Badges: A winged dagger striking downwards with the motto WHO DARES WINS
headdress: maroon beret (1950-1957);
  1944.01 Brig. Roderick William McLeod
  1945.03 Brig. James Michael Calvert, DSO
Colonel Commandant:
1951.02.21 Gen. Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey, GBE, KCB, DSO, MC
[also CinC 2nd Army, 14th Army, ALFSEA. Middle East; Col. Cmdt. RMP;
Col. Royal Berkshire Regt; Hon. Col. 21st SAS, Lincoln & Welland Regt]
1960.04.11 Maj-Gen. Sir Robert Edward Laycock, KCMG, CB, DSO, KStJ
  1964.12.01 Gen. Sir Charles Henry Pepys Harington, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC [also SASC, POW Div]
1966.07.01 Brig. The Rt Hon Anthony Henry (Head), 1st Viscount Head of Throope, PC, GCMG, CBE, MC, OStJ
1977.01.24 Col. Brian Forester Morton Franks, DSO, MC, TD

Gen. Sir Robert Cyril Ford, GCB, CBE [also RAC; AG 1978-81]

1985.05.19 F.M. The Rt Hon Edwin Noel Westby (Bramall), The Baron Bramall, KG, GCB, OBE, MC, KStJ
19uu Col. David Gordon Lyon
2002.01.09 Gen. The Rt Hon Charles Ronald Llewellyn (Guthrie), Baron Guthrie, GCB, LVO, OBE, ADC [also Col. Life Guards; Col. Cmdt. Intelligence Corps; CGS 1994-97, CDS 1997-2001]
Honorary Colonel, 22nd SAS (Unofficial):
1952? Col. Sir A. David Stirling, DSO, OBE [to 1990]
Roll of Honour, 22nd Special Air Service (Allied Special Forces Assocation)
Commanding Officers, 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, by Ryan Wulfsohn (SpecialOperations.Com)
David Stirling (Electric Scotland)
Motto: Who dares wins
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: construction sign
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: quick: Marche du Regiment Parachutiste Belge
slow: Lili Marlene
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Southern Rhodesia flag

C Squadron, Rhodesian Special Air Service

Australia flag The Special Air Service Regiment 1960-present
New Zealand flag 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Squadron
swords Special Air Service Regimental Association
swords 22nd Special Air Service, Allied Special Forces Association
swords 22nd SAS Discussion Group (Yahoo!Groups; SAS members only)
Airborne Forces Museum, Aldershot (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Regimental Journal:
Full Histories:
book Kemp, Anthony. The SAS at war. Penguin, 2000
book Wynter, H. W. Special forces in the Desert war, 1940-1943 : history of commandos and special service troops in the Middle East and North Africa (January 1941 to April 1943). Kew, Richmond, Surrey : Public Record Office, 2001. ISBN: 1903365295. Note: "This publication reproduces two documents, The history of the Long Range Desert Group (June 1940 to March 1943) and The history of commandos and special service troops in the Middle East and North Africa (January 1941 to April 1943). These histories [were] written by Brigadier H.W. Wynter"--P.
Short Histories: