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2SAS: Bill Stirling and the forgotten special forces unit of World War II

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On crutches following a parachuting accident, he stealthily entered Middle East headquarters in Cairo (under, through, or over a fence) in an effort to see Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Command General Sir Claude Auchinleck.

In two raids on Tamet airfield in December 1941, Mayne and the five men with him accounted for over fifty aircraft.On 10 July 1978, John Boyle, a sixteen-year-old Catholic, was exploring an old graveyard near his family's farm in County Antrim when he discovered an arms cache.

SAS Rogue Heroeswill air on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, MGM+ in the United States and is distributed internationally by Banijay Rights. Among them were Jock Lewes, who created the Lewes bomb – easy-to-carry explosives that weighed just one pound each – and Paddy Mayne, who took command after Stirling was captured. Later the same month 1st and 2nd SAS were sent to Norway to disarm the 300,000-strong German garrison and 5th SAS were in Denmark and Germany on counter-intelligence operations.Surrounded by a large German force, they were forced to disperse; later, it was discovered that 36 men were missing and that 32 of them had been captured and executed by the Germans.

In a stroke of poor fortune, this major had previously tried to boot Stirling out of the Scots Guard for falling asleep in a lecture.With Captain Stirling eventually being imprisoned in Colditz Castle and tasked with setting up the Colditz British Intelligence Unit, future series might include elements of another of Macintyre's books, Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle. Further new cast members for series two include Paolo De Vita (Anonymous, La Grande Guerra del Salento), Anna Manuelli (Blocco 181, Pezzi unici), Edward Bennett (Industry, Save Me Too) and Matteo Franco. The book was entitled The Phantom Major, and it was an extravagant and embellished account of David Stirling’s war in which he was transformed into Mayne.

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