Published: 18/01/2018
eISBN: 9781788030670
Format: eBook

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Escaping the Ordinary
How a Founder of the SAS Blazed a Trail at the End of Empire
by Lorna Almonds-Windmill

Much has been written about the British Raj but very little about Britain in the Horn of Africa, Malaya or West Africa. The slow failure of the British Military Mission to Ethiopia and the savage fighting which subdued Eritrea (just in time) so that it could be federated with Ethiopia are both untold stories.

Britain’s success in clearing Communist terrorists out of Malaya (compared with US bungling in Viet Nam) is also relatively unknown. All these situations may be compared to current international destabilization and migrant crises in the Middle East and indeed Africa. The Twentieth Century and the British Empire are now also ‘making a come-back’ from the perspective of a now well-established Twenty-First Century. The nineteen fifties and sixties feature particularly prominently.

Against this well-researched backdrop, the story of one of the Founders of the SAS, his role in each theatre of operations and his personal adventuring make for an authentic, gripping and inspirational account.

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