Deadly SAS troops barely visible as they patrol in winter camouflage in photo

Blink and you will miss these members of the elite SAS Mountain Troop in their incredible new winter camouflage.

Their face masks and white speckled clothing and equipment mean they can move unseen through icy mountains and snowy forests like ghosts.

The Mountain Troop are experts in climbing and Arctic warfare and are trained to survive and fight in the most extreme conditions.

Their skills can take them anywhere from frozen Norway to the mountains of Afghanistan.

They are also trained in scaling sheer cliffs and rock faces and are masters at covering long distances on skis.

Some of those serving are regarded as among the best mountain climbers in the UK. Many have scaled Everest and other major peaks. Each one of the four SAS “sabre squadrons” is split into four troops – Air, Mobility, Boat and Mountain.

During the Cold War, the Mountain Troops operated in Norway, guarding Nato’s northern flanks against any Soviet push.

Their skills were put to the test during the 1982 Falklands conflict and, more recently, in the mountain ranges of Afghanistan.

There, their training in the disciplines of high-altitude warfare paid dividends. It is the Troop’s ability to reach areas considered inaccessible by other military forces which sets them apart.

One former member said: “Only the very best get to serve in Mountain Troop – you really have to be on top of your game.

“Everyone who passes SAS selection is regarded as an elite soldier, but only those who really shine get selected for the Mountain Troop.

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“They were some of the first British soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

“They parachuted in and spent weeks in the mountains watching the Taliban and sending back intelligence on their movements.” Our source added: “They also led the hunt for Osama bin Laden and senior members of the Taliban.

“Mountain Troop snipers were picking off Taliban commanders from above the snow line – the insurgents had no idea what was going on.

“Because of their success in those early days they have had a footprint in Afghanistan ever since. The US special forces were so impressed that they helped Delta Force to create its own version of Mountain Troop.”

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