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With him taking command, I’m curious if season 2 will work to shift this at all..?
He turned out to be a better commander than Stirling, apparently, although I'm sure the BBC will screw up that part too
Paddy Mayne and the SAS: The man behind the legend
L-Detachment had been re-designated as 1 SAS Regiment on 28 September 1942, and now Mayne, promoted to major himself, was its standard bearer in Stirling's absence.
Contrary to his reputation as a stereotypical action hero, Ross says that Mayne's side as solicitor now emerged as he came to be, in Ross' view, probably a better administrator than Stirling.
To be sure, an authoritarian side also emerged, but this too seems indicative of his care and commitment to professionalism, training and mission prep. He seems to have cared very deeply about men killed under this command and worked extraordinarily hard to prevent their deaths.
The SAS' next incarnation as 'the Special Raiding Squadron' (SRS) was certainly very successful, as it worked its way over defensive positions in Sicily and then up the western side of the Italian peninsula.
These actions are noteworthy for two things: Difficult objectives achieved and relatively low casualty rates, a testament to Mayne's careful stewardship.