A photo of 4 young men back in their prime.

You’d be mistaken for thinking that this shot was taken at a James Bond doubles failures convention.

It was taken at the end of a terrific evening’s dinner in London to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Special Air Service way back in 91.

We had only just returned from the Gulf War a few weeks before.

Over the years way too many of those who served in my time have now gone forever. That night allowed someone like myself to sit and chat with the likes of the originals (2 who are seen over our shoulders in the photo). Great humble men, with a wicked dry sense of humour. Much of what they had to say showed me that not much had really changed in the Regiment over 50 years. Different clothing, different vehicles, different weapons…same men! I’d met a handful of these greats before…mainly back in Hereford at the odd event on camp. Always great to be in their presence, an honour indeed every time.

In addition to meeting and chatting with the originals, it was also a bonus to get to catch up with ex members of C Squadron 22 SAS (Rhodesia). I was sat opposite their old SSM for the dinner, and it was fun and enlightening to hear all that he had to say in our conversation together. I always thought that not taking them into the fold back in Hereford when they were disbanded was a huge failure on our leadership’s part…we lost the ability to sustain all that knowledge and talent from their operational and training time together back in Africa.

Anyway, today I reminisce all too often, whether out jogging or outside of my house just gardening. The thoughts on my military days mostly always positive, and this old photo reminds me of one of my favourite evenings out with the lads…just sitting, eating, and relaxing among a host of amazing soldiers of the last 50 years…honoured to have been in their presence.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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4 thoughts on “SAS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY 1991”

  1. Nice photo Bob, glad you enjoyed the evening, I have a book on C squadron , some great stories about the Rhodesian conflict, some great characters served there and of course your right , a waste of their expertise!

  2. Great blog and 4 man photo Bob, indeed the younger day’s, at 54, I’m remembering sound advice from two within Photo with thanks.
    91, I was in front of you digging out the old Danner Boots.

    Andre ( H )

  3. On my office wall is a certificate to say that I survived a “field day” at PATC on 10th Oct. 91. This was a day (one of two) put on to celebrate 50 years of the Regiment. Flew down in helicopter from the old Stirling Lines camp, Bullingham Lane.
    As a civi I felt honoured to be part of this. Now living just up the raid in Dinedor with many ex guys as neighbours! Keep safe!

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