Pilgrim Days

A Lifetime of Soldiering from Vietnam to the SAS

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Pilgrim Days

A Lifetime of Soldiering from Vietnam to the SAS


This title details the author's unique military experience, from platoon command in the jungles of Vietnam, through service with the Paras in Northern Ireland and commanding a troop in the legendary 22 SAS, to operating with the ParaBats in South Africa and training the Special Forces of Oman.

"We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go, Always a little further; it may be, Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow."

If there was ever anyone who went a little further, a little beyond, it was Alastair MacKenzie. In a career spanning 30 years, MacKenzie served uniquely with the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, the British Parachute Regiment, the British Special Air Service (SAS), the South African Defence Force's famed ParaBats, the Sultan of Oman's Special Forces and a host of private security agencies and defence contractors.

MacKenzie lived the soldier's life to the full as he journeyed "the Golden Road to Samarkand." This extraordinary new work from the author of Special Force: The Untold Story of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) vividly documents the experience of infantry combat in Vietnam, life with the Paras, the tempo of selection for UK Special Forces, covert SAS operations in South Armagh and SAS Counter Terrorist training on the UK mainland, vehicle-mounted Pathfinder Brigade insertions into Angola, and maritime counter-terrorism work in Oman.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Early Days 1948–1959
Chapter 2: New Zealand 1959–1965
Chapter 3: New Zealand Army 1966–1973
Chapter 4: 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment 1973–1976
Chapter 5: 22nd Special Air Service Regiment 1976–1980
Chapter 6: 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment 1980–1981
Chapter 7: 44 South African Parachute Brigade (The Parabats) 1981–1982
Chapter 8: KMS Limited 1982
Chapter 9: New Zealand Army 1982–1985
Chapter 10: The Sultan of Oman's Special Force 1985–1989
Chapter 11: Royal Ordnance plc; Reliance Security Limited; Territorial Army 1989–1994
Chapter 12: AMA Associates Limited; Territorial Army 1994–2005
Chapter 13: New Zealand 2005–

Product details

Published Dec 22 2020
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 288
ISBN 9781472833198
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 8 x 5 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Alastair MacKenzie

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