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Special Air Service Disbanded

david stirlingOn November 30, 1946, the War Office disbanded the United Kingdom based British SAS regiments, however; on May 1, 1947, the British SAS were re-raised as the Territorial Army unit 21 SAS.

On June 30, 1984, at the opening of a new SAS base at Stirling Lines, David Stirling stated in his opening speech:

"... I have always felt uneasy in being known as the founder of the Regiment. To ease my conscience I would like it to be recognized that I have five co-founders: Jock Lewes and 'Paddy' Blair Mayne of the original 'L' Detachment, SAS; Georges Bergé, whose unit of the Free French joined the SAS in June 1942; Brian Franks, who re-established 21 SAS Regiment after the SAS had been disbanded at the end of the Second World War; and John Woodhouse who created the modern 22 SAS Regiment during the Malayan campaign by restoring the Regiment to its original philosophy. ..."

The Creation of the SAS


SAS Presence during World War II

SAS Disbanded

Post WWII Presence

The Falklands War

The Iranian Embassy Siege

The Gulf War