The Special Air Service (SAS) was formed in 1941
by Captain (later Colonel) David Stirling, who was a
serving British Army officer. He was responsible for the
formation of small independent raiding parties which
operated behind the enemy lines to fight the German
and Italian armies in the North African campaign.
New Zealanders served with this original SAS in
WW2, as well as with the Parachute Regiment and Long
Range Desert Group. They also served with other Special Operations
forces, namely the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and
Z Special Unit.
In 1955 the New Zealand Government approved the
formation of an independent New Zealand SAS Squadron
for service in Malaya, alongside 22nd SAS Regiment,
by then a regular unit in the British Army.
Since that time the NZSAS remains a
regular unit in the New Zealand Army Order of
Battle to this day.
East Timor 1999-2000
NZSAS Trust is a
tax-registered charitable trust which was established in
2004 to look after persons who are actively
serving or have been previously posted to the
1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment,
including their immediate families.
It also includes any
person who has served in the Long Range Desert
Group, Special Operations Executive
and Z Special Unit.