Stirling, Archibald David, Sir
1915 - Born on November 15th in Stirlingshire (now in Stirling), Scotland. British army officer who founded and led the elite British Special Air Service (SAS) regiment during World War II.
1939 - He joined the Scots Guard Supplementary Reserve of Officers.
1940 - Joined the commando Brigade of Guards in the Middle East.
- He was promoted to the rank of major, and with 6 officers and 60 enlisted men he formed the SAS, which proved exceptionally successful: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel lost hundreds of aircraft and scores of supply posts to SAS raids.
1943 - Stirling was captured in Tunisia and escaped four times before he was transferred to Colditz Castle prison camp for the remainder of the war.
- Stirling formed organizations to encourage racial integration in colonial Africa, to provide security services for foreign heads of state, and to finance television stations in developing nations.
1990 - He was knighted.
- Died on November 4th in London, England.
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