Joined 2 SAS in Algiers; Served in Sicily and Italy incl Termoli, Oct 1943 and operations on the Adriatic Coast.

This officer commanded a detachment of 2 SAS Regt which was landed behind the enemy lines on the night of Oct 27/28 1943.

Operating in the area between just North of River Tronto and River Tordino the detachment blew the railway line, cut telephone and telegraph communications and harassed enemy transport – destroying some.

The detachment was taken off on the night of Nov 2/3rd. During this period the success of the detachment was due to the courage, tenacity and leadership of Capt Farran, ably backed up by his men, whom he had trained himself.

Lt Col BM Franks
CO 2 SAS Regt

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