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The elite : the story of special forces - from ancient Sparta to the War on Terror

Fiennes, Ranulph, Sir, 1944-2019
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes is rightly celebrated across the globe for his many extraordinary achievements in polar exploration. What many do not know is prior to undertaking a career surviving whatever the elements can throw at him, his life and the drive within him to succeed, was influenced and shaped by the military. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Scot's Greys and killed during the Second World War leading his unit into action in Italy. The memory of his heroic dead father drove Ran's desire to prove himself and thus led him to serve in his father's own regiment, before migrating to the SAS, where he would serve with distinction. Over the subsequent years of adventurous exploration, risking his life on multiple occasions, Fiennes has developed a respect and admiration for all elite military units - the type of people who serve in them, the training they undertake, and the weapons they use.
London : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9781471156618 (hbk)
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