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Karel Janoušek (1893–1971) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Janoušek, Karel (1893–1971), officer in the Czech air force, was born in Přerov, Moravia, on 30 October 1893, the son of Karel Janoušek and his wife, Adelheid. During his national service with the Austrian army he fought in Italy in the First World War, but then joined the renegade Czech Legion, fighting alongside the Russians and against the Austrians, on the eastern front. When ...

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Lewes, John Steel [Jock] (1913–1941), a founder of the Special Air Service (SAS), was born on 21 December 1913 in Calcutta, India, the first son and second of the three children of Arthur Harold Lewes (1869?–1962?), accountant, and his wife, Elsie Steel. He grew up in ...

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Sir (Archibald) David Stirling (1915–1990) by Captain Keating, 1943 The Imperial War Museum, London

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Stirling, Sir (Archibald) David (1915–1990), army officer and founder of the Special Air Service (SAS) regiment, was born on 15 November 1915 at Keir, Stirlingshire, the third son and fourth child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Brigadier-General Archibald Stirling...