The U.K.’s Special Air Service needs no introduction to anyone remotely interested in Military History. However, there is much more to learn about this Elite unit when you trace its existence and influence across the once worldwide British Empire. Much of the power of the British influence derived from their colonies and stock of available military recruits. Even today, Australia and New Zealand have kept the title of the SAS for their Elite units.
After the end of WW 2, the British government saw no further use for the Unit and disbanded it in October of 1945. Within a year of that decision, a reversal was made and they resurrected the SAS from their Territorial soldiers and continued training for future conflicts on the horizon. In 1950, Britain committed to help the U.N. stop the aggression of Communism on the Korean Peninsula. After 3 months of preparation, 21 SAS was given orders to Korea. During this same time period, another problem arose in a British administered country, Mayala, that suited the Units capabilities.
In 1948, Communist Guerrillas began attacking British infrastructure and challenging their rule. These insurgents were a reconstituted arm of the British trained units to fight Japanese occupiers in WW 2. The terrain and tactics of the opposition were difficult to counter with the conventional forces in country. Sabotage and hit and run operations began against the transportation system as well as the lucrative rubber plantations vital to Britain. They came from the impenetrable jungle and disappeared back into it.
The British had learned many valuable lessons in jungle warfare fighting the Japanese in South East Asia. This training and experience still lived on in the commanders of the Malayan detachment. With forces being committed to the Korean conflict and the need of manpower worldwide, it was decided to make a recruiting drive for men across the Colonial Empire to try out for the SAS. Troops were raised to fill ‘A’ squadron and ‘B’ squadron, mainly from British Territorials who were experienced and geared up for war time deployment to Korea.