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Who dares wins: The daring SAS mission during Second World War... and the Northern Irish men who played a key role

A new book details one of the SAS's most daring missions of the Second World War - and the Northern Irish men who played a key role. Linda Stewart reports

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Maverick: Blair Mayne

Maverick: Blair Mayne

Maverick: Blair Mayne

If you really want to get the best out of your men, unleash them on an unsuspecting British countryside with no money, a list of items they have to beg, borrow or steal and a hunter force of police and Home Guard on their tail.

That was the no-holds-barred approach of SAS commander Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair "Paddy" Mayne as he prepared his soldiers for Operation Gain (1944), a series of key sabotage missions into occupied France in the run-up to the D-Day landings.

A fascinating new book by Sunday Times bestselling author Damien Lewis reveals how this was one of the first training missions set for one particular team of SAS raiders - SABU-70, a 12-man team tasked with sabotaging transport routes in northern France.


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