Our third volume in the series is RAID 4 Who Dares Wins - The SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege 1980. Much has been written about Operation Nimrod, the SAS assault on the Iranian Embassy in the heart of London to free the hostages held within, but we hope that our title offers that something extra. For a start we have some fantastic artwork by Howard Gerrard who has completed all the battlescene and cutaway artwork in the book.
Pete Winner, a former SAS trooper who took part in the raid, has helped us put together the book and one of the artwork plates shows Pete in action - clubbing a terrorist over the head with the butt of his rifle as he attempted to pass himself off as a released hostage. Pete had accurately spotted that the terrorist had concealed a hand grenade under his clothes but couldn\'t open fire because of all the surrounding hostages. This is not the first time this scene has been depicted in artwork, but, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that he has been accurately portrayed, just as Pete recollected the dramatic events.
For our American readers we are also including a dramatic hostage rescue attempt - RAID 3 The Cabanatuan Prison Raid - The Philippines 1945. For those of you not familiar with the acclaimed volume Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides, this tells the story of the rescue of American POWs from a Japanese camp in the Philippines by the US Rangers.
Gordon Rottman, himself a US Special Forces veteran, not only recounts this dramatic tale but also pays long overdue credit to the Filipino guerrillas who assisted in the raid and who were crucial to the success of the operation.