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Rare Photographs Of SAS During Second World War

An incredible trove of never-seen-before photographs shows the elite fighters operating behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany and liberating...

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An incredible trove of never-seen-before photographs shows the elite fighters operating behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany and liberating occupied Norway. 

The remarkable collection, which also includes medals and documents, belonged to Lance Corporal William Cooke.

L/Cpl Cooke accumulated the collection towards the end of the Second World War and the pictures show SAS troops riding on tanks, posing with captured Nazi flags and manning machine guns.

One picture titled ‘SAS Wanderers’ shows 11 servicemen and their coach lined up for a football match while in Norway.

L/Cpl Cooke began his military career in the Royal Hampshire Regiment before joining the Parachute Regiment.  

He then went on to the Special Weapons Group from where he became a member of the 2nd SAS, which was formed in 1943 by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Stirling, brother of SAS founder David Stirling.

SAS In France Second World War
Photograph title "Some of the boys in France"

Cooke’s extensive collection is being sold by Hampshire-based auctioneers Bellmans in Winchester.

His family are hoping the archive will go to someone who'll cherish it. 

L/Cpl Cooke SAS Membership Card
L/Cpl Cooke's SAS Membership Card And Badges

Pictures: Bellmans