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Special Air Service Regiment

No. 62. Special Air Service Regiment
: Dressed for Counter-terrorist Operations
Trooper: Dressed for Free-fall Parachuting
Background: Desert Combat Scene
From a watercolour painting by Christopher A. Collins.

The Special Air Service (SAS) was born at Kabrit in the Suez Canal Zone in 1941 and has consistently captured the imagination of the military and public alike, However, little is know with certainty about its personnel and equipment as it avoids publicity. In the recent past we have read of their operations in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Gulf War. The storming of the Iranian Embassy in London on 5th May 1980 was an event which hit the headlines of the World.
The black assault suit shown is made from fire resistant material. Fireproof gloves are worn. The armoured vest is constructed using lightweight fibre of very high textile strength. The figure shown wears a helmet constructed from multiple layers of ballistic-resistant composite material. It is worn in conjunction with a respirator and over a radio headset. A large front mounted press-talk button can be seen on his chest. H knife and grenade are also worn. He carried a Heckler and Koch sub-machine gun fitted with a torch.
The second trooper is dressed for free fall parachuting. The technique of 'high altitude low opening' parachute jumping (HALO) is employed by the SAS to infiltrate into enemy territory. They leave their aircraft at a great height and free-fall on oxygen until safely below the enemy radar before opening their canopies. The figure shown carries the US Army M16 (Armalite) rifle with grenade launcher.
In the background can be seen a Light Strike Vehicle similar to those used by the SAS in the 1991 Gulf War for operations behind Iraqi lines.
Published 1994

Copyright 1994 Published by Geoff White Ltd.

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