The first impressions
November 15th, 2011
I’ve received today a long-awaited package – SAS War Diary number 43 from 100 made, edition “Originals”.
Below information taken from the web page of Extraordinary Editions – publisher of the Diary.
According to the agreement with the Publisher anything else “from me” have to be first accepted by the Publisher.
At the beginning of 1946 a former SAS soldier took on himself an extraordinary mission. The SAS had been disbanded and there was no plans to recreate it. Target of this mission – to find all documents connected to the Unit and avoid of destroying it. The soldier collected the photographs, copies of the orders, plans of the missions, after-action reports, press information. All of this were collected by him and placed in a big book. Then … he hid it for almost 50 years! Shortly before his dead he handed it to the SAS Regiment Association. There they … hid it again! It was found by Gordon Stevens, a military historian cooperating with the Association. He knew from the beginning that it is an unusual document. The negotiations took almost two years, resulting in this extraordinary edition. Both the Regimental Association and as I suppose, the 22 Regiment as well agreed for one-in-a-lifetime publishing of the Diary in exact number of copies. The target for publishing – to celebrate 70th Regiment Anniversary and to honour the first soldiers of the SAS.
The Diary was made with extraordinary care about faithfulness with the original. The suitable paper was chosen, every page manually collated by hand. The suitable bookbinders were chosen where the book was bound by hand in full leather. Then the title page was stick with Regiment badge and wings. The production of the Diary required 70 separate operations.
That’s all for the beginning – I send everyone interested in it directly to the web page of Extraordinary Editions - http://www.saswardiary.co.uk/ or back on specialforces-memorabilia.pl in near future.
PS. As I know from the Publisher only one additional copy of the Diary was sent to Poland till today.