Thought I'd circulate a piece of quasi-Sandbagger info I just stumbled
across. As you may recall, one of the Ops Directorate bodies under
Burnside's direct control was the paramilitary group referred to as the
`Special Projects Team' ('ask us to start a riot, or sink a Russian
aircraft carrier at her moorings', or words to that effect).
Interestingly enough, there actually *is* a Special Projects Team in real
life, but it is not part of the SIS. The title `Special Projects Team` in
fact refers to one of the two SAS squadrons. 22 and 23 SAS traditionally
take turns being posted abroad and at home. The squadron abroad handles
reconnaissance and irregular operations in support of British forces
stationed abroad, while the other squadron remains home, tasked with
domestic anti-terrorist CRW (counter-revolutionary warfare) work and
special ops as 'underlabourers' tasked by SIS in support of SIS ops. The
squadron taking the domestic/CRW role is referred to as the 'Special
For specifics, see Mark Urban's _UK Eyes Alpha_ (London: Faber & Faber,
1996), Chapter 8 (I think) 'A Brilliant Intelligence Operation'.