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Combat Story

Sep 24, 2022

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Today we hear an incredible Combat Story from across the pond from a legendary UK SAS operator Billy Billingham who served over 30 years with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Africa, and many other places we can’t discuss.

Billy came from an extremely challenging childhood drinking and fighting on the streets of Birmingham to being appointed a Member of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen for his efforts on select hostage rescues and serving as the SAS Ground Commander on what is known as 7/7 or the deadly coordinated attacks in London on July 7th, 2005. 

Billy went from being the absolute elite leader, working alongside our own Delta and DEVGRU operators for years in the post-9/11 world, to hanging up his uniform and finding a new path. He has know written an autobiography aptly titled ‘The Hard Way’ and two fiction novels based on his own exploits titled ‘Call to Kill’ and ‘Survive to Fight’ (think SAS meets 007). 

He is also a lead on two incredibly successful programs in the UK and Australia titled “SAS: Who Dares Wins” where he and other special operators take civilians and celebrities through punishing special ops training; he shared that the show is coming to the US soon! He and his wife run a charity organization and he does public speaking engagements across the UK.

I hope you enjoy this incredibly humble story that takes us inside the “Interest Room” (which I learned is the term for the SAS Team Room) and the highs and lows of a life well-lived at the tip of the spear from our UK brothers and sisters as much as I did. 

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 - Intro 
  • 0:41 - Guest Introduction (Billy Billingham) 
  • 2:36 - Interview begins 
  • 5:11 - Rough childhood in Peaky Blinders neighborhood in Birmingham, England
  • 17:26 -Cadet School experience
  • 22:12  - Overcoming getting burned by caustic soda at 15 yrs old and almost dying in a gang fight to still join the military  
  • 28:30 - Joining The Second Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) 
  • 30:03 - Lessons from the PARAs and first jump in the jungle of Belize 
  • 42:48 - First time in a combat zone in Cypress 
  • 44:23 -  Fighting terrorists in Ireland 
  • 48:15 - Why SAS route and the brutal training and selection process
  • 57:50 - Path after SAS selection into Mountain Troupe 
  • 1:01:25 - Excitement of first op in first week as SAS
  • 1:04:17 - Squad "Interest rooms" 
  • 1:05:45 - The squadron dynamic and respect for those who came before 
  • 1:09:21 - Why the B Squadron are characterized as the "rogues" 
  • 1:11:12 - Combat Story - A hostage rescue during a bloody time in Bosnia 
  • 1:19:36 - The sixth sense that comes with experience 
  • 1:2102 - Emotions after a mission and after getting out 
  • 1:24:25 -  Where were you on 7/7  during London bombings? 
  • 1:27:56 - TV show "SAS: Who Dares Wins" and what is coming to the US 
  • 1:30:40 - "The Hard Way" autobiography and "Call to Kill" novel 
  • 1:35:46 - What did you carry into combat?
  • 1:39:40  - Would you do it again? 
  • 1:42:55 - Listener comments and shout outs 


This video covers the following subjects:


- SAS Sergeant Major 

- 7/7 SAS Ground CDR 

- SAS Ground Commander 

- UK SAS operator Billy Billingham


Billy is a certified SF and Counter Terrorist Sniper Instructor, Advanced Evasive Driving Instructor, Tracking/Jungle Warfare/Navigation Instructor, Demolition/Sabotage Instructor, Ski Mountaineering/Rock Climbing/Abseiling/Ice climbing Instructor, Combat Survival/RTI Instructor, Counter Terrorist Instructor (all options) and has worked as a Patrol Medic/Trauma Life Support agent for 5 hospital attachments.


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