David Stirling was a British Army officer who founded the famed Special Air Service (SAS) in 1941
David Stirling was a British Army Officer and the founder of the Special Air Service (SAS), one of the world's most elite special forces units. He was born on November 15, 1915, in Scotland.
David Stirling was raised in Scotland and attended Ampleforth College. After finishing his education, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa. During this time, he developed an interest in exploring remote areas and became an experienced mountaineer.
At the outbreak of World War II, David Stirling joined the Scots Guards. However, he soon became disillusioned with conventional military tactics and began to advocate for unconventional methods of warfare.
In July 1941, Stirling proposed setting up a special forces unit that could operate behind enemy lines in North Africa. Despite initially facing resistance from military authorities, he eventually gained approval for his plan.
On July 31st, 1941, the first SAS mission commenced under Stirling's leadership. The SAS quickly proved their worth by conducting successful raids behind enemy lines. They disrupted Axis supply lines and caused significant damage to Luftwaffe airfields.
Under Stirling's leadership, the SAS expanded its operations into Europe and continued to carry out daring raids throughout World War II.
After World War II ended, David Stirling left active military service but continued to be involved with military matters as a consultant. He also became involved in politics as a member of parliament for West Birmingham.
Stirling died on November 4th, 1990 at his home in London at age 74.
David Stirling is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest war heroes due to his creation of the Special Air Service which has inspired many other elite units across various countries worldwide. His bravery continues to inspire new generations serving their countries today.