Andy McNab, the former SAS Patrol leader who led the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero mission in 1991, revealed to Daily Star Online why the British Army regiment set an example for other military’s around the world after being founded in 1941.
The legend’s revelation comes ahead of Armed Forces Day today.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said: “When it was formed, they had to do everything.
“They had to operate in the jungles, in the deserts and in the mountains, in all different terrains.
“All different combat zones, whether it was counterinsurgencies, counter-terrorism or traditional war.
“What happened was all of those experiences get thrown into the pot and from that the selection process evolved and they wanted people who could do all those different things.
“Most Special forces just deal with one thing so what happened was it evolved into something and everybody else wanted a copy.
“So everybody has done it. The French, the Germans, the Americans. Everybody has copied what we do, the Australians, the New Zealanders.”
The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army.
The unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue.
It’s not often seen in public, but only days ago eyewitnesses filmed the SAS ‘Blue Thunder’ unit in Manchester city centre.
The 59-year-old’s revelations come after he was captured for over a month in Iraq when his eight-man patrol, known by their call sign Bravo Two Zero, was compromised on a mission.
Andy was tortured and interrogated before finally being rescued some six weeks later.
His story has become one of the most famous in British military history and was soon turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.
Only days ago, the legend revealed who the most terrifying enemy he’s faced.
Andy McNab was speaking to Daily Star Online after the release of his children book “Get me out of here”, written with co-author Phil Earle.