Special Air Service

Training for elite force is harmful to health

Australia's elite SAS soldiers face explosions, tear gas and high levels of physical trauma - and that is before they even go into battle.

Wednesday, 10 March, 2004, 12:00am

Mystique of SAS down the tubes

You need an element of secrecy to become a military legend and for decades that is just what made the Special Air Service so different.

For years the term SAS was hardly ever used without the prefix 'elite'. They were the few, selected after arduous testing, capable of surviving through conflicts which would see lesser regiments decimated.

25 May 1996 - 12:00am

Feet of endurance

The One That Got Away by Chris Ryan, Century $170 I DON'T know what has come over the Special Air Service. After decades of being taciturn to the point of paranoia, the regiment has become a hotbed of amateur authorship.

2 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Foley saw survivors first

WHO actually spotted the five survivors stranded for nearly a month in Low's Gully has until now been the subject of much speculation, including one theory that the British SAS allowed the Malaysian forces to take the credit to improve relations between the two countries.

21 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Under cover and on the scene with Britain's SAS

BIG BOYS' RULES, by Mark Urban (Faber & Faber, $102).

MORE mumbo-jumbo has been written about the British SAS than almost any other military unit in history.

28 Feb 1993 - 12:00am