"My father lived and breathed soldiering... and he didn't want me to be in the Army. But he signed the paper... and away I went on a career I've loved."
Mick Malone's 27-year career in the Australian Defence Force was mostly spent in the SAS, including a twelve month tour of duty in Vietnam.
His passion for military books was ignited by the reading required of those in the regiment. For over 25 years he's been running Imprimatur Books, specialising in old and rare military books, including the highly sought-after unit histories.
He's about to publish a biography of SAS hero Ray Simpson VC and has written other publications about the Special Air Services Regiment.
Mick served in the SAS from 1967 to 1992 from Trooper to Captain and was posted to the Royal Military College Duntroon and to RSM of 1st Commando Regiment among his appointments.
He was awarded OAM ( Medal of the Order of Australia) in 1989.
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