During the Gulf War of 1992, the SAS returned to its roots as deep penetration teams fanned out into the Iraqi desert; their most important mission was to find and destroy Saddam Hussein's Scud missile launchers.
During the Falklands War, two SAS squadrons were involved in a variety of surveillance missions and a brilliantly executed raid on an Argentine airstrip in Pebble Island; the raid effectively eliminated all enemy air power.
In 1981, the SAS hit the headlines when terrorists holding hostages in the Iranian Embassy were swiftly and successfully eliminated and their captives freed; they became heroes in the fight against terrorism.
The regiment was called on for one vital task -- tracking down Hitler's mobile and elusive V-2 rocket launchers; if these rockets could be launched, Hitler could destroy London or New York in one fell swoop.
The SAS uses the skills it had honed in the desert to create havoc in a new theater of war and distract the German defenders, while jeeps ranged deep behind the enemy's lines attacking reinforcements and communications.
During World War II, the SAS used heavily-armed jeeps to strike deep behind enemy lines, attacking German and Italian airfields and supply lines. By the time the fighting in North Africa ended, the unit had grown into two full regiments.
As Rommel's tanks swept the British back into Egypt in 1941, a young commando lieutenant, David Stirling, persuaded his superiors to allow him to set up a special unit which could cause havoc behind enemy lines.