THE GOLDEN ROAD TO SAMARKAND by Stuart Christie

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A speculative look at the culture, history and political role of the Special Air Service Regiment as a warrior elite and ‘parallel enforcement body’ within the British sphere of influence. This article first appeared in the Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review Vol 1 No 6 (Summer 1982) and was reprinted a few months later, in its entirety —  and without comment (under the title ‘As Others See Us’) — in Mars and Minerva, the regimental magazine of the Special Air Service Regiment, at the request of the journal’s then editor, Major Clarence ‘Dare’ Newell.

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