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The thrilling, edge-of-your-seat true story of one soldier's Special Forces operations in the Falklands War. 

After passing the world's toughest Special Forces selection to get into D Squadron, 22 SAS, in 1979, Mark 'Splash' Aston thought he'd missed out on all the action. Too late to fight with the SAS in a decade-long secret war in Oman, when terrorists then seized the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980 Splash missed out again when responsibility for the counter-terror role was passed to their comrades in B Squadron just weeks earlier. 

Then on April 2nd 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. 

Days later D Squadron were on their way south as the cutting edge of Britain's campaign to retake the islands. And over the next six weeks of fighting, as one extraordinary episode followed another, the action never let up. 

From the 100 mph winds and minus 25 degree temperatures atop South Georgia's Fortuna Glacier to a foxhole on West Falkland operating under the noses of the enemy, Splash and the men of D Squadron fought in contact after contact. And in doing so they burnished the legend of the SAS with the astonishing assault on the Argentine airfield on Pebble Island that decimated the enemy's ground attack capability and, in the dead of night, prevailed in their vicious close quarter battle with Argentine Special Forces defending Mount Kent. 

But it was an event that was out of their control that came close to defining D Squadron's war: the night their Sea King helicopter crashed into the South Atlantic with 31 people on board. Splash was one of just seven survivors of a tragedy that caused the heaviest loss of life to the Regiment since World War II. Evacuated to a hospital ship to recover from his injuries, he defied orders and a suspected broken neck to escape back to his unit and rejoin the fight until it was won. 

This is the remarkable story of Splash's war, but it feels like a thriller. An unstoppable, edge-of-the-seat insight into still classified Special Forces operations during the Falklands War, SAS: Sea King Down will take its place alongside classics like Bravo Two Zero as military adventure writing of the highest order.

©2021 Mark Aston, Stuart Tootal (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • Mr T.S. Downing
  • 07-28-21

Like putting on a comfortable pair of Old DMS boot

Excellent book. Well written and narrated. As a Falklands Veteran I related to all the content. One point, units numbers are 4 2 or 2 2 not 42 or 22. I really enjoyed this read.

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  • Adrian L
  • 04-07-22

Excellent

I really enjoyed this audible. The narrator spoke very well. The story gave a detailed account of the SAS soldiers experience in the Falklands conflict. Thank you.

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  • Mrs. J. B. Laughton
  • 09-15-21

Great insight into a special forces soldier.

Well written account of the war which went on behind the scenes of the Falkland’s war.
Portrayed with both honour and respect for his enemy the Argentine soldiers as well as his fellow soldiers who some unfortunately didn’t make it home.
Mark 'Splash" Ashton a very humble man who should be proud of his contribution to the United Kingdom and his service to Queen and Country but equally as important, both his and Stuart Tootal's ability to tell his story in a unbiased, undramatised, factual way with truth and dignity.
Well done Splash!

Miles A Laughton

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-27-22

A classy and brilliant account of heroism

Such a moving and nerve-wracking retelling of British heroes in the face of unbelievable odds.

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  • GFL
  • 05-24-22

A worthwhile read

A powerful insight into the traumas of military special service in time of a war situation

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  • Antony Ince
  • 05-19-22

Really enjoyed this…

Last audio book on the falklands was MH’s brilliant work and great to hear he turned up in this one too!
40 years on and I was a snotty first year when this all went off, great to hear this account really enjoyed it.

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  • Wishbone 62
  • 04-26-22

Excellent Read

I’ve read many military books; many on the falklands and many on the SAS Nagar Regiment This is up there with the best. Due to failing eyesight I consumed most of this book as the Audible audiobook. It was expertly narrated by Simon Darwin who really brought atmosphere and emotion to the tale. I also noted the hand of Stuart Tootal, author of the excellent and highly recommended Danger Close. My only very minor jiggle with the narration is, as I have found with many military audiobooks, some pronunciation of some reminolgy, abbreviations and unit designations. Those of us who have served smile at some of these minor ‘differences’. But don’t let that take away fro. A fantastic book which as already said is excellently narrated.
A must read for all who are interest in this genre

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  • T C Irving
  • 04-06-22

A belting good book. !!

I have been listening to this book whilst commuting to and from work. It is read at a good pace, clearly voiced allows time to visualise what was happening to "Splash" and his colleagues. Thanks for sharing it. It's an eye opener and certainly makes you think about what we perceive as annoying day to day issues when compared to the exploits of 19 and 22 SAS and of course all the other regiments involved.

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  • Alan Power
  • 03-02-22

Well worth a listen/read

Very good account. Details actually make the journey through the chapters gripping. Very authentic and sincere.
Thanks.

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  • Mr C.
  • 02-15-22

Gripping Listen

From start to finish gripping listen into Elite Soldiering in the Harshest Conditions in War.

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  • Ben Doyle-Cox Platypus
  • 06-10-21

Falklands 22 SAS D Sqn brilliant

Great work mate,
Really fantastic to hear all about your Falklands experience, combined with Cedric Delves it’s a great insight
Felt like I was waiting forever
But worth it
Highly recommended