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25-October-2011
25-October-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the Special Air Services of Britain, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Australia, France, New Zealand and Belgium. 

The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army. The SAS was founded in 1941 as a regiment, and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950. Following the post-war reconstitution of the Special Air Service, other countries in the Commonwealth recognised their need for similar units.  The New Zealand Special Air Service squadron was formed in June 1955 to serve with the British SAS in Malaya, which became a full regiment in 2011. Australia formed the 1st SAS Company in July 1957, which became a full regiment of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in 1964. On its return from Malaya, the C (Rhodesian) Squadron formed the basis for creation of the Rhodesian Special Air Service in 1961.It retained the name "C Squadron (Rhodesian) Special Air Service" within the Rhodesian Security Forces until 1978, when it became 1 (Rhodesian) Special Air Service Regiment.

Non-Commonwealth countries have also formed units based on the SAS. The Belgian Army's Special Forces Group, which wears the same capbadge as the British SAS, traces its ancestry partly from the 5th Special Air Service of the Second World War. The French 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, can trace its origins to the Second World War 3rd and 4th SAS, adopting its "who dares wins" motto.

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue , Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple

Dedication

Front Inscription

  SPECIAL AIR SERVICE

BRITAIN                 RHODESIA   
AUSTRALIA           FRANCE   
NEW ZEALAND     BELGIUM

"We are the pilgrims, master; we shall go always a little further;
it may be beyond that last blue mountain capped with snow
across that angry or that glimmering sea".

Source: MA,SKP
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