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Stirling, Archibald David, Sir

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 1990 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Military Officer

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.