In order to show you the harsh realities of life on the front line, we have a real treat in store for both military enthusiasts and the just plain curious. Four ex-SAS soldiers will re-enact gripping scenarios this crack team have to face: from escapes from enemy forces, to storming hostage situations to avoiding mines and booby traps to, yuk, surviving torture.
Meanwhile, Eddie Stone will be watching all the action from his high-tech bunker. Like the military equivalent of Alan Hansen, Eddie will be providing analysis on all the re-enactments. He'll be stopping the action, and with the aid of the latest graphics, will explain the ins and outs behind the force's formations and tactics, giving you the inside track on how the SAS remain the best.
EMBASSY NO. 1
Arguably the most famous SAS operation was the assault of the Iranian embassy back in 1980. Iranian terrorists opposing Khomeni's rule seized the embassy and twenty-six hostages. An eight man team rappelled from the roof while a four man team reached a balcony from adjoining buildings. Another team reportedly blew a whole in a previously weakened plaster wall - with the whole thing providing utterly gripping viewing on live TV.
The history of the SAS dates back to WWII, when one Captain David Stirling developed the concept while recuperating from a parachute accident. The SAS was initially created as a desert raiding force to weaken Rommel's North African logistics network and their first successful raid happened in December of 1941, when two groups destroyed 61 aircraft at two airfields. The SAS was eventually used to hunt down head SS and Gestapo agents and brought them before the War Crimes Tribune.
Stirling, who was nicknamed the "Phantom Major" by his peers, was knighted in 1990 but died later at the age of 74. During the war, he was captured by the Germans many times. But although Hitler had ordered all "special forces" to be executed, Stirling managed to escape and heroically proceeded to escape capture four times, before being finally captured and moved to Colditz for the rest of the war.