Most superheroes have an origin story but, in real life, special forces origin stories can end up portraying their protagonists as superheroes.
That, at least, would appear to be the case with the SAS.
Hatched in the desert and borne out of the necessity of World War 2, ‘the regiment’ was started by the 6’5” ‘Phantom Major’ David Stirling.
The principle was simple: To use small bands of elite soldiers who could operate by stealth behind enemy lines, destroying aircraft, supplies and hopefully also enemy morale as a by-product of causing vast mayhem.
One perception of the unit at this stage is as a motley band of scruffy and rebellious commandoes striking out of the darkness at the Nazis.
The latter part of that is true, the former needs qualifying – all the men were disciplined operators drawn from commando units.