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SBS......The early years.

Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by Rover, May 9, 2020.

  1. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    For those who can only relate to the SBS as Operation Frankton, I would recommend the following two books........

    Raiders from the Sea, the story of the SBS in WWII.

    By John Lodwick.

    Special Boat Squadron.

    By Barri Pitt.

    Both worth a read.
     
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  2. Collieryboy

    Collieryboy Well-Known Member

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    If anyone has amazon prime. You can read Special Boat Squadron for free with prime unlimited.
     
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  3. CallMeLucifer

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    'Commando' By James Owen is also a good read.
     
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  4. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    Some things never change.....

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  5. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    Taken from another perspective....


    Taken from a  Periscope..jpg

    Via the periscope.
     
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  6. TheRents

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    'Not by strength, by guile'
     
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  7. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Now changed to "By Strength and Guile".

    Alan
     
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  8. Chelonian

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    At first glance it appears to be a subtly elegant update or 'refresh' of a motto as the marketing wonks like to say. But tinkering with mottos is a sensitive issue. I suspect that not everyone was pleased by the change.
     
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  9. TheRents

    TheRents Valuable Contributor

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    Preferred the original, seemed more in keeping with small unit covert ops and the ethos of the Corps, from whom they were almost exclusively drawn before the whole SF umbrella thing.
     
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  10. Chelonian

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    Agreed. And also that SBS was under-funded, under-resourced and yet what did what it did.

    Additionally, I guess that someone who was very 'up close and personal' to the original motto might have had a hand in composing it.
     
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  11. Rover

    Rover Moderator

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    Taken from Gidion...

    Guile offen succeds where force of arms fail.:cool:

    Or back in the days of Gilly Howe....

    "Not by Strengh by Gilly";)
     
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  12. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    Exactly. The nuance and relevance of the original Old Testament reference was mangled by someone seeking a 'soundbite' slogan for the modern age. -banghead-

    Purely a subjective opinion on my part.
     
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  13. CallMeLucifer

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    Besides, strength is for the infantry, artillery, armoured, and air-force. Special forces are there to make sure they are hitting where they are meant to be hitting.
     
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