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 3. "'Phantoms of the Jungle' sees skilled SAS patrols master grim anti-guerrilla warfare in Vietnam. By early 1968, despite uncertainty & confusion over their role, SAS have brought stark terror into the VC safe havens. Time & again the daring helicopter pilots of 9 Squadron RAAF pluck tiny SAS patrols from certain death. But the Communist Tet offensive, an allied victory portrayed as a defeat by the American press, cripples the Western war effort & sorely tests the professionalism of the hard-pressed SAS.