Colonel Sir Archibald David Stirling, DSO, OBE (15 November 1915 – 4 November 1990 Perth) was a Scottish laird, mountaineer, World War II British Army officer, and the founder of the Special Air Service.
Colonel David Stirling, founder of the Special Air Service, with an SAS jeep patrol in North Africa, 18 January Keating G (Capt)
WWII desert warfare brought to life in colour
Lt Colonel David Stirling, founder of the SAS, pictured in North Africa. Stirling persuaded his superior officers to allow him to found the unit in order to carry out raids against German airfields using small teams of highly trained men operating at night. Over the next 15 months he oversaw the destruction of 250 aircraft and put hundreds of vehicles out of action before being captured. He was dubbed 'The Phantom Major' by Rommel, and branded 'quite mad' by Field Marshal Montgomery
David Stirling the founder of the SAS during the war. His vision and innovation changed the course of Specialist Operations
The incredible untold story of WWII's greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain's Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strate...
Jock Lewes is pictured (right) with Sir David Stirling, the official founder of the Special Air Service. Such was his innovation that after his death later in Sir David said that Lewes should in fact receive the credit