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Encyclopedia > New Zealand Special Air Service
Special Air Service of New Zealand

Special Air Service of New Zealand Shoulder Sleeve Patch
Active: July 7, 1955 -
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Allegiance:
Branch: New Zealand Army
Type: Special Forces
Role: Reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism
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Current commander:
Garrison/HQ: Papakura
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Colonel of the Regiment: {{{colonel_of_the_regiment}}}
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Patron: {{{patron}}}
Motto: Who Dares Wins
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Identification symbol: {{{identification_symbol}}}
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Notable battles or wars: Malayan Emergency
Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Operation Desert Thunder
INTERFET
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Anaconda
Notable commanders:
Anniversaries:
Decorations: Presidential Unit Citation
Battle honours:

The Special Air Service of New Zealand (NZ SAS) was formed in June 1955 as an elite New Zealand Army unit capable of undertaking special missions. It was modeled on the British Special Air Service (SAS). The unit was awarded an American Presidential Unit Citation by President George W. Bush for its operations in Afghanistan. Image File history File links Special_Air_Service_of_New_Zealand_Shoulder_Sleeve_Patch. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... Special forces (colloquially, sometimes incorrectly) or special operations forces (general term) are military units which are formed and trained to conduct missions involving unconventional warfare, Counter-Terrorism, reconnaissance, direct action and foreign internal defense. ... Mixed reconnaissance patrol of the Polish Home Army and the Soviet Red Army during Operation Tempest, 1944 Reconnaissance is the military term for the active gathering of information about an enemy, or other conditions, by physical observation. ... Intelligence (abbreviated or ) is the process and the result of gathering information and analyzing it to answer questions or obtain advance warnings needed to plan for the future. ... Counter-terrorism refers to the practices, tactics, and strategies that governments, militaries, and other groups adopt in order to fight terrorism. ... Papakura is the name of a municipality and a district in New Zealands North Island. ... Who Dares Wins, or Chi osera ci sincere is the motto of four special forces elite units: the British SAS, the Greek Special Forces, the Cyprus Tactical Group (pronounced: O tolmon Nika) and the Israeli Sayeret Matkal (in Hebrew: המעז מנצח). The motto represents the importance of courage, resourcefulness and the willingness... The Malayan Emergency was an insurrection and guerrilla war of the Malay Races Liberation Army against the British and Malayan administration from 1948-1960 in what is now Malaysia. ... The Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation was an intermittent war over the future of the island of Borneo, between British-backed Malaysia and Indonesia in 1962-1966. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 230,000 South Vietnamese wounded: 300,000 US dead... Operation Desert Thunder was a response to threats by Iraqs president Sadam Hussein to shoot down U-2 spy planes, and violate the no-fly zone set up over his country. ... INTERFET (standing for INTERnational Force East Timor) was a multinational peacekeeping taskforce, mandated by the United Nations to address the humanitarian and security crisis which took place in East Timor from 1999-2000 until the arrival of United Nations peacekeepers. ...     It has been suggested that United States war in Afghanistan be merged into this article or section. ... Combatants United States, Canada, UK, Australia, Denmark, France, Norway, Germany Taliban, al-Qaeda Commanders Buster Hagenbeck unknown Strength 2000 500-1000 Casualties 90 casualties (8 U.S. servicemen dead, 82 wounded) 500 [1] In March 2002 fighting in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was renewed as coalition forces made... USA and USAF Presidential Unit Citation Please see Presidential Unit Citation for other versions of this award The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action on or after 7 December 1941 against an armed enemy. ... A battle honour is an official acknowledgement to recognize a military units achievements in specific wars or operations. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... It has been suggested that SAS Troops be merged into this article or section. ... USA and USAF Presidential Unit Citation Please see Presidential Unit Citation for other versions of this award The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action on or after 7 December 1941 against an armed enemy. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American businessman and politician, was elected in 2000 as the 43rd President of the United States of America, re-elected in 2004, and is currently serving his second term in that office. ...

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World War Two

Prior to the formation of the NZ SAS, many New Zealanders served with the famous Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), which had a close relationship with the SAS. It was nicknamed "the Mosquito Army" by Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell. Special Air Service soldiers would refer to it as the "Libyan Desert Taxi Service." The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a British Army unit during World War II. The unit was founded in Egypt following the Italian declaration of war (June 1940) by Major Ralph A. Bagnold with the assistance of captains Clayton and Shaw, acting under the direction of General Wavell. ... It has been suggested that SAS Troops be merged into this article or section. ... Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (May 5, 1883 - May 24, 1950) was a British Field Marshal and the commander of British Army forces in the Middle East during World War II. He led British forces to victory over the Italians, only to be defeated by the German army. ...


Malaya and Borneo

From 1955 to 1957 a NZ SAS Squadron was attached to the British SAS in Malaysia for operations during the Malayan Emergency. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Malayan Emergency was an insurrection and guerrilla war of the Malay Races Liberation Army against the British and Malayan administration from 1948-1960 in what is now Malaysia. ...


Vietnam

Based in Nui Dat, Vietnam, the NZ SAS 4th Platoon served under Australian command in November 1968, attached to the Australian SAS. During the Vietnam War, the combined SAS services of Australia and New Zealand had a phenomenal kill rate of around 500:1, much higher than US Special Forces.[citation needed] The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) commanded the Australian and New Zealand Army units deployed to South Vietnam between 1966 and 1971. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... This article needs cleanup. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 230,000 South Vietnamese wounded: 300,000 US dead...


Afghanistan

Starting in late 2001, the NZ SAS began operations assisting in the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan. On June 17, 2004, two NZ SAS soldiers were wounded in a predawn gun-battle in central Afghanistan. In 2005 New Zealand sent the whole unit to Afghanistan to work along side American special forces. Secrecy still surrounds much of their operational work there. The War on Terrorism or War on Terror (also the Global War on Terrorism or GWOT[1]) is a campaign by the United States, supported by several NATO members and other allies, with the stated goal of ending international terrorism by stopping those groups identified as terrorist groups, and ending... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

New Zealand Army
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Components
Regular Force
Territorial Force
Structure of the New Zealand Army
History
Battle of Gallipoli
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
Notable Units
SAS
Infantry Regiment
Intelligence

The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... Combatants United Kingdom France India Australia New Zealand Newfoundland Ottoman Empire Commanders Sir Ian Hamilton Otto Liman von Sanders Mustafa Kemal Strength 5 divisions (initial) 14 divisions (final) 6 divisions (initial) 14 divisions (final) Casualties 252,000 (205,000 British, 47,000 French) 253,000 The Battle of Gallipoli took... An ANZAC soldier gives water to a wounded Turk The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (popularly abbreviated as ANZAC) was originally an army corps of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought in World War I at Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front. ... The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1 NZIR) is the main unit in the regular army of New Zealand. ... The New Zealand Intelligence Corp is one of the smallest corps in the New Zealand Army. ...

Organisation

1 New Zealand SAS Group

  • Headquarters Support Wing
  • Training Wing
  • A SAS Squadron (Air, Boat, and Mountain Troops)
  • B SAS Squadron (Air, Boat, and Mountain Troops)
  • CTTAG (Counter Terrorist Tactical Assault Group)
  • EOT (Engineer Operations Troop)

Note - Teams of about 4 to 6 soldiers, led by a captain or sergeant, are the basic operational elements of the NZSAS.


External links

  • http://www.army.mil.nz
  • http://www.nzdf.mil.nz/at-a-glance/forces-and-locations.html
  • http://juni0r.orcon.net.nz/nzsas.html
  • http://www.mch.govt.nz/history/making-history/emergency-review.html
  • Vince Smith Vincent Thomas Charles Smith 337062 Sergeant NZ SAS 1934 to 1988.
  • NZSAS Operational History A brief article about the 1 NZSAS Group's 50th Jubilee
  • Shocker Shaw Ashley George (Pat) Shaw, former NZ SAS instructor
  • Rangi Nicholls, former SAS Soldier
  • Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky article
  • Bill Moffitt, former NZ SAS soldier and instructor

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Special Air Service - definition of Special Air Service in Encyclopedia (3212 words)
The Special Air Service (SAS) is the principal special forces organisation of the British Army.
During the Falklands War 1982, SAS teams worked, with their Special Boat Service counterparts, in many operations before the main force landings at San Carlos and after the landings ahead of the FEBA (Forward Edge of Battle Area- the front line).
U.S. - The U.S. Army's Special Operations Forces' Delta Force was formed based along SAS organizational patterns, and in many ways, the U.S. Navy's SEALs' Team SIX (the SEAL Team specifically tasked with counterterrorism operations) was based on the SAS model.
Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Special Air Service (4823 words)
The Special Air Service (SAS) is the principal special forces organisation of the British Army and probably one of the most recognised (for its oustanding success) military organisations in the world.
In the SAS, the men of the Air Troops are known as "Ice Cream Boys", due to their tans and the sunglasses they often wear.
New Zealand and Australia have their own SAS units.
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