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Schemmer, Benjamin F. (editor-in-chief)

ISBN 10: 0883631059 / ISBN 13: 9780883631058
Verlag: Special Operations Warrior Foundation / Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 2003
Zustand: Near Fine Hardcover
Verkäufer Warren Berry (Ashville, NY, USA)

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Black paddded vinyl with gilt lettering, red rules, and large, round, raised, gold-like medallion on cover. 14.5 by 10 inches. 325 pages plus index. Managing Editor: Colonel John T. Carney, Jr., USAF(Ret). Some artwork, heavily illustrated with color and b/w photos. Quite up-to-date, ending with "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Some smudges to covers, contents fine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 007517

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Verlag: Special Operations Warrior Foundation / Hugh Lauter Levin Associates

Erscheinungsdatum: 2003

Einband: Hard Cover

Zustand:Near Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Jacket

Auflage: First Edition.

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: Written by an outstanding team of distinguished active and retired special operations officers, historians, and experts, this oversize, in-depth book surveys America's elite forces. From Roger's Rangers in Revolutionary times to the Underwater Demolition Teams of WWII to contemporary specialized commands in the war against terrorism, U.S. Special Operations Forces explores both individual and collective achievements. Hundreds of vintage and recent photographs, maps, and historically inspired paintings complement the text, and a unique medallion-inlaid cover make it both a riveting history and a cherished keepsake.


I felt honored to have served with the most professional people in the military. [This book] truly does them justice. -- Rudy Boesch, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and contestant on

Most lavishly illustrated...books are short on substance, but this elegant overview contains a wealth of useful information... -- General Wayne A. Downing, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Something to behold. It is filled with new insight....Ben Schemmer and his authors know what they are writing about. -- Military Book Club

Spectacularly illustrated, movingly written, U.S. Special Operations Forces puts a face to the heroes we never get to see... -- Richard Steinberg, Special Ops Veteran and Novelist

The numerous personal photographs...depict the fiery determination of men selflessly willing to embrace danger... to accomplish the seemingly impossible. -- General William F.

U.S. Special Operations Forces, in short, is a grand reference document as well as an easy read. --General Robert C. Kingston, U.S. Army (Ret.)

I spent more than 12 active duty years in the U.S. Special Operations community, beginning in 1943 as a lieutenant with Wild Bill Donovan's OSS and culminating in 1968 as a colonel in command of the super secret Studies and Observation Group (SOG) in Vietnam, then continued covert activities in retirement. No other book traces Special Operations trends from the distant past to the present and projects into the future nearly as well as masterful presentations in this lavishly illustrated tome, which describes incredible exploits, first on land, then at sea, and finally in the air since the 17th century. The dedication contains the following words from hard-bitten General "Barbwire Bob" Kingston, a Special Operations icon, who wept after he read about those heroic deeds, then asked in wonderment, "Where do we find men like these?" No buyer could possibly be disappointed, given that endorsement. I would give this exciting book six stars instead of five, if permissible. --By Maj. Gen. Jack Singlaub

This large coffee-table book should be of special interest to all professional soldiers. Special Forces or Special Operations Forces have only come into their own over the past 20 years, but they have been around for centuries. The very nature of their operations contributes to the secrecy that surrounds their activities. Their demonstrated skills and competence are envied by other servicemembers. This book demonstrates why there is a special aura about these men. In a very moving introductory chapter by Gen. Peter Schoomaker, written while he was retired, and before he was recalled to his present position as Chief of Staff of the Army, he explains that this book was written and published to provide funds for the education of children whose fathers died in action or in training while with this force. (At the time of this writing, some 300 children have been assisted.) Five chapters were written by Col. John M. Collins, historian, student and practitioner of special operations. He starts with King Philip's War in 1670, continues through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the frontier wars, the Philippine Insurrection and the Banana Republic affairs. He covers all World War II special operations feats. He also covers the years from 1946 to 1972, including the wars in Southeast Asia. Col. Collins relates the activities of Special Forces leading up to the birth of U.S. Special Operations Command in 1986. He describes Operations Earnest Will, Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm-the first war with Iraq-and the aid to the Kurds following the attack on them by Saddam Hussein. This latter period of time saw the regeneration of Special Operations. The next section of the book was written by Ben Schemmer before his death last summer. He described in detail the recent state of U.S. Special Operations. Col. Collins then provides an understanding of the present U.S. Army Special Operations Command today. Included is a very interesting table on Army Special Operations Forces and where they are located. It also describes Special Operations in Somalia and Afghanistan. Air Force Special Operations Command is described in the next section of the book, which was written by Col. John Gargus. It covers the establishment of Air Force Special Operations Command in 1990, and recognizes the contribution and outstanding performance of Air Force officers and men over the past 40 years. This section provides a review of each of the Air Force aircraft in the Special Operation fleet and describes their capabilities. Naval Special Warfare Command is covered in a chapter written by Rear Adm. George R. Worthington, U.S. Navy retired. The admiral presents a "structural snapshot" of the Naval Special Warfare Command. This is followed by a description of Naval Special Operations equipment, training and experiences. Ben Schemmer provides a further chapter on the theater commands of Special Operations Command. This chapter provides a summary of activities of these commands, highlighting the past 15 to 20 years since the implementation of the Goldwater-Nichols Act and the Nunn-Cohen Amendments to the 1986 Defense Appropriation Act. Col. Carney contributes a chapter on special weapons, tools and equipment for Special Operations. This section covers new hardware. There are two pages on Special Operations tactical equipment. Many vehicles are pictured and described. Weapons aficionados will find the weapons and vehicles shown in this section exciting. A further section of this book was written by Roxanne Merritt, who works at the Special Operations Center Museum at Fort Bragg, N.C. This section provides a pictorial review and a description of the various museums and memorials that honor the heroes of Special Operations. The memorials are beautifully portrayed. Col. Carney closes the story describing Operation Iraqi Freedom. --By LTG Richard G. Trefry

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