Ongoing research into the personnel who served with Special Air Service during the war and the Reconstitution of the Artists Rifles in 1947. Researching, speaking and writing about the life and military service of Colonel Brian Franks DSO MC TD. The Great Man who saved the Special Air Service following its disbandment at the end of the Second World War. Dare Newell wrote of Franks “Without his wisdom, his charm, his drive and vitality, there would be no S.A.S. today. We owe him almost everything.”     

I have published a Nominal Roll of the Participants of Operation HOWARD with short biographical information on each of them. Commanded by Lt Col Mayne DSO. The Mission was to act as spearhead reconnaissance for 4th Canadian Armoured Division in their advance North East towards Wilhelmshaven. “B” & “C” Squadrons, 1st S.A.S. Regt. Location Meppen/Oldenburg, North West Germany. Due to dykes, movement off roads was difficult. Enemy opposition was strong, preventing penetration of their lines. Numerous patrol and infantry actions were fought, adding much to the speed of the Canadian advance. There remain information gaps in nominal roll so please assist where possible https://www.lulu.com/shop/asher-cj-pirt/operation-howard/paperback/product-nvqm4ym.html

I am currently compiling a nominal roll with biographical information of the participants of the Italian Detachment commanded by Maj. Roy Farran DSO MC. Please do get in touch if you are assist with the project.