SAS: Rogue Warriors

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SAS: Rogue Warriors

Series 1 - Episode 3

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Review

Extraordinary characters populate Ben Macintyre’s account of the SAS’s early years. In the 1987 archive interviews, gimlet-eyed, ruddy-faced Reg Seekings – known in his youth as the hardest man in the unit – comes across as someone who weathered incredible blows, particularly during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.

Seekings describes horrifying incidents there – having to shoot a wounded civilian, or seeing a friend burnt to death – with a steely quality that can’t quite hide his emotion. The bigger narrative is of how the SAS went from being desert raiders to conducting sabotage missions across France prior to D-Day.

Listen out for a postscript from their founder on what he did when he got back to London after being in Colditz: “By 12 o’clock that evening I was in a nightclub; by two o’clock I was having my first roger for years.”

Summary

Ben Macintyre concludes his history of formation of the British Army special forces unit. With David Stirling locked away in Hitler's most secure prison Colditz, the leadership of the SAS passed to Paddy Mayne, a man who built his reputation on the battlefield as a warrior of the first rank. In 1943, the SAS leaves the desert for Europe to enter a darker and far more complex theatre of war, where they face the threat of execution and the trauma of civilian casualties, as well as being the first to witness the nightmare of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ben Macintyre
Director Matthew Whiteman
Executive Producer Eamon Hardy
Producer Matthew Whiteman
History