SAS – Bravo Three Zero.

SAS – Bravo Three Zero.

You are adept at quoting google wiki fag combat and survival et al …
The question was about the allegations contained in a book. I quoted the allegation contained in the book. But I think you know that don't you. I also quoted another book relevant to the subject and the experiences of a person that I knew.
 
The question was about the allegations contained in a book. I quoted the allegation contained in the book. But I think you know that don't you. I also quoted another book relevant to the subject and the experiences of a person that I knew.
That’s nice, you’re not the only one to have known or served with men that went south in 82
Anyhow this threads about 1991 and a book covering that war.
 

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This thread is better, it’s an “OK” read but not the best
 

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Gents, it's late. I'm tired.It's a book review, not a willy waving competition. Please desist.

Debate nicely or I will have to use moderation powers I haven't used before And I may not know my own strength.

Thanks.
 
That's.
 

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I've created a monster thats out of control.
I fear it's a poster that's out of control. First warning is 'play nicely'. Then I will monitor and see what it looks like when I get back this afternoon..

I will be tired, hungry and footsore. You have been warned....
 

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Boat? And what do boats need? Boathouses! Does anyone know what colour it was painted? :)
Here is the story: Operation Embarrass May-August 1947

David Smiley spent much of WW2 working for the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Following its disbandment, his intent was to return to ‘orthodox’ soldiering with his regiment, the Blues and Royals. Instead, he was appointed Military Attaché at the British embassy in Warsaw – an appointment that proved short-lived due to his hosts becoming aware of a covert side to his diplomatic role. On return to London, Smiley was seconded to MI6 as it extended its influence over deniable tasks formerly conducted by the SOE. To this end, the intelligence service was selectively recruiting former SOE staff and Special Forces soldiers. Having gained his Staff College qualification at Camberley at the end of the war, Smiley’s next appointment was to the Directorate of War Planning as a GSO2 along with the former wartime commander of 2 SAS, Colonel Brian Franks.

However, in 1947 Smiley was approached to become one of the Squad commanders for Bernard Fergusson’s Palestine Police Force. But he declined because it was an unaccompanied posting and he had only recently been married. Ferguson also turned to another former SOE operator, Randel McDonnell, also known as the 8th Earl of Antrim, but he was already assigned to another ‘deniable’ operation. Fergusson settled for a ‘B’ team of two former SAS soldiers (more on this later). However, David Smiley’s career continued to be dominated by clandestine operations, in Operation ‘Valuable’ an anti-communist regime change action against Emile Hoxa, President of Albania. It is notable that ‘Operation Valuable’ was a total failure, primarily because it was betrayed by the infamous double agent Kim Philby. But it is the top-secret, Operation Embarrass that is perhaps one of the more revealing aspects of the extent to which Britain’s covert operations have crossed international law and agreed treaties. [1]

In 1946, the Jewish Agency and its paramilitary wing, Haganah, arranged to acquire ships to bring refugees from war-torn Europe to Palestine. The impact of this was considered likely to give an effect to conflict between the indigenous Arabs and Jewish incomers. The British however, had a legal mandate[2] to maintain stability in the region, and they were determined that mass in-migration would not take place. Subsequently, MI6 considered various ways of putting the immigrant ships out of action. These included options for ‘unpleasant consequences’ for the crew caused by tampering with drinking water or poisoning food. Nevertheless, at a meeting held on 14 February 1947 involving the Foreign Office, the Commonwealth Office, the UK armed services, and its Intelligence service – sabotage was selected as the technique of choice.[3]

A four-man team of saboteurs included Harold Perkins, the former head of SOE’s war-time activities in Poland. After the war, Perkins was absorbed within the Political Action section of the War Planning Directorate of MI6. Smiley knew him from the previous clandestine activity and the two were joined by Don Bevers, a signals specialist, and Wing Commander James Blackburn who had piloted aircraft in support of post-war SOE operations.[4] Blackburn also owned a yacht, the Valfrere which would be used during the operation. ‘Embarrass’ was facilitated by senior staff at the British embassy in Rome, including the MI6 station chief Count Frederick Vanden Heuval and Wing Commander Derek Verschoyle, the First Secretary. Training and preparation for the task took place in Malta at fort Benjimma between May and June 1947; Perkins and Smiley also undertook instruction on the use of limpet mines – the training provided by specialists at the Royal Navy Diving School.[5]

The best known of the Jewish immigrant ships of the immediate post-war period was the President Garfield later renamed Exodus. On 18 July 1947, the Exodus was rammed by a British warship and boarded off the coast of Palestine.[6] Earlier, the ship had been targeted by the sabotage team who tracked it from the Valfrere which was posing as a cigarette smuggling craft in the eastern Mediterranean. The saboteurs were instructed to take no action against the President Garfield though, due to the ship’s crew members being on board.

Nevertheless, at 0330hrs on 30 August 1947, the saboteurs made their first attack. The target was the Pan Crescent, purchased in New York together with a sister ship, the Pan York. Both were scheduled to berth at the Romanian Black Sea port at Constanza to pick up refugees. However, the Pan Crescent had to undergo upgrades on the route and the saboteurs attacked the ship while it was berthed in northern Italy at Venice harbour. By using time-delayed fuses, the raiders made their escape before an explosion caused the ship to be holed below the waterline.[7] Temporary repairs enabled the Pan Crescent to resume its journey along with the Pan York, and both successfully embarked their passengers in the Black Seaport.

Pressure from the British on the Romanian government prevented the ships departure. Consequently, members of Haganah’s paramilitary force, the Palmach, arranged for the ships to sail from the Bulgarian port of Burgas. After a prolonged diplomatic argument, the repaired Pan Crescent, and its sister ship sailed to Cyprus on 31 December 1947 complete with a combined human cargo of over 15,000 souls and an escort of unarmed British soldiers. The refugees arrived in Cyprus on New-year’s day 1948.[8] It would be a further sixty-two years before the British role in the clandestine affair was first revealed. And a further nine years for a more comprehensive account.[9]


[1] Clive Jones, The Clandestine Lives of Colonel David Smiley (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019) pp. 204-6.
[2] League of Nations established the UK as the Mandatory administrators of Palestine on 24 July 1922.
[3] Ibid., pp 209-10
[4] Ibid., pp. 210-11
[5] Ibid., pp. 211-12
[6] Jewish Virtual Library, Immigration to Israel: “Exodus July 1947” Illegal Immigration Ship, Online at "Exodus 1947" Illegal Immigration Ship accessed 25/10/2021
[7] Clive Jones, Op. cit. pp. 214-5; J. Wandres, The Ablest Navigator: Lieutenant Paul N. Shulman USN, Israel’s Volunteer Admiral (Naval Institute Press, 2010)
[8] Jewish Virtual Library, Op. cit.
[9] Clive Jones, Op. cit.; see also Tim Jones, SAS:The First Secret Wars (London, I.B. Tauris, 2005)
 

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I see you've been kinder to one another today, for which I thank you. Perhaps it's worth a reminder that the publishers of these books look in on our reviews here, and we undermine our reputation as a good place to send books for review if we crayon or carry out personal feuds on the review threads.
 
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