AUSTRALIAN SAS - THE UNTOLD HISTORY traces the history, changing culture and organisational politics of Australia's SAS, from its muddled formation in 1957 during the Cold War to East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving elite status as Australia's overworked, multi-purpose (3z(Bforce of first choice(3y. (BIt is the story of the ugly duckling that transforms into a swan, but which must keep transforming itself further to stay relevant in a troubled world. SAS successes in the field have at times attracted bitter comment - some of it fair, much of it unfair. While always the darling of press and politician, behind the scenes SAS has often had to fight hard for its identity and survival against conventional thinking, entrenched envy and hostility and the deadly Australian (3z(Btall poppy(3y (Bsyndrome that disparages those with expertise out of the ordinary. AUSTRALIAN SAS - THE UNTOLD HISTORY also portrays the eternal quest by SAS to define itself. But we see finally that in an ever-changing strategic world, the Holy Grail of a stable unit identity must always elude SAS, for SAS must either reflect the changing nature of conflict in that politically unstable world, or cease to merit the title, (3z(BSpecial(3y.(B Part 1. "'Heads & Hearts' pinpoints what is 'special' about Special Forces. The story penetrates the formidable SAS selection course, where mind, body and character are all put to a gruelling test. We trace the formation of the modern SAS by Britain in World War II and explore the early years of the Australian SAS from their difficult beginnings in 1957. As Communist subversion spreads in South East Asia, the fledgling SAS Regiment trains for war, knowing that its future as a new strategic military force will be at stake.