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PICTURED: Some of SAS operation Galia unit in September 1945. Paratrooper Stanley Hann pictured middle row second right.
Remarkable photos taken deep behind enemy lines by an SAS unit during a daring wartime operation have come to light on the 75th anniversary of the mission.
The little-known Operation Galia on the 27th December 1944 involved just 33 SAS men hoodwinking the Nazis and their fascist allies into thinking a much greater force had landed behind them in Italy in December 1944.
Adolf Hitler's forces had just launched a major surprise offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium that became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Robert Hann, whose late father was SAS Paratrooper Stanley Hann, retraced his father's wartime experiences and part of his [father’s] epic 80 mile long escape route through the Apennine mountains which the men took, to help him write the book 'SAS Operation Galia.'