For the first time, details can be revealed of deaths of those who lost their lives while taking part in elite NZ Special Air Service training. David Fisher reveals how the NZSAS trains at the edge of safety to prepare for operations which take place at the extremes of danger.

NZSAS records exclusively obtained by the Herald include details of one trooper who died after being stomped to death by an elephant in Africa and another who was killed after having almost a ton of explosive dropped on him by a United States jet.

The specialist unit this week suffered