In 1970, communist backed rebels threatened the pro Western

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Canada Goose Online HomeNewsReal Life StoriesBattle of MirbatBattle of Mirbat made Rorke's Drift look like a tea party but SAS had 'the original Rambo'SAS Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba is to be honoured when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle unveil a statue commemorating his sacrifice in single handedly holding off 250 attackers from taking British baseSAS Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba was a heroGet Royal Family updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newslettersThank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailSome SAS engagements make front page news.Others, like the covert action in Oman, are never spoken of.Yet they too have their heroes.In 1970, communist backed rebels threatened the pro Western Sultan and Western oil supplies.The SAS was sent in.Their task was to bolster the Sultan's army, save Dhofar and the Straits of Hormuz and keep the oil flowing.In July 1972, the SAS paid a high price for our oil in a battle that, say survivors, made Rorke's Drift look like a tea party.Four hundred rebels attacked Mirbat, a little coastal town of mud houses which was occupied by just EIGHT SAS men, commanded by 23 year old Captain Mike Kealy.SAS hero of Iranian Embassy siege hopes to make for retirement by selling tactical sketches and medalsThere were also a handful of Arab soldiers and some gendarmes, and the rebels thought they would win an easy victory.The SAS were armed with just their personal weapons, one mortar, a Browning machine gun and a single Second World War 25 pounder gun.This, in the words of Trooper Sekonaia Takavesi and Lance Corporal Pete Warne is how it unfolded.SNAPPER: "A mortar salvo blew away part of the perimeter wire and a round exploded on the edge of town."Shrapnel flew over our heads. Then I turned to see Mike Kealy clambering over the wall. He was telling me to go down to the radio and contact base.SAS soldiers suffer PTSD thanks to 'Wheel of Death' lifestyle that 'could drive elite troops to suicide'"I TAPPED out the message in Morse, but as I returned to my position and eased off the safety catch on the Browning, a massive explosion took a great chunk out of the tower."In the flash I could see Laba, a Fijian SAS soldier, kneeling behind the shield of the 25 pounder."An hour and a half to two hours later, I saw the first assault troop of about 50 advancing towards us. Canada Goose Online

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