Raiders Or Elite Infantry

Author: David W. Hogan
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313268037
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This landmark study examines the nature and purpose of the U.S. Army Rangers over the past fifty years and shows how they have been used as scouts, raiders, assault troops, and elite infantry. This provocative study describes how Rangers served their country during World War II. Hogan, an historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History, also traces the development of Ranger raider units in Korea, the role of Green Berets in Vietnam, in Grenada, and in terrorist attacks and new combat situations today. Photographs, maps, and a thorough bibliographic essay add to the usefulness of the study.

Scouts and Raiders

Author: John B. Dwyer
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275944094
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The heretofore untold history of the Scouts & Raiders of World War II is the story of the original ancestors of today's elite SEAL teams. As the Navy's first special warfare commandos, these highly trained and skilled officer/enlisted boat crews conducted pre-assault recons of landing beaches, hydrographic recons, marked assault beaches, and guided in assault waves from 36-foot Scout boats, rubber boats, and kayaks at North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, Southern France, and Normandy. In the Pacific, S&Rs served as Scout Intelligence Officers Amphibious Scouts, Beachmasters, and with Underwater Demolition Teams of the 5th and 7th Amphibious Forces from Kwajalein to Okinawa and in the Phillipines campaign.


Author: Ross Kemp
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448135028
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To the people of Great Britain World War II was the deadliest and bloodiest war in history. Never before or since have so many people made such a personal sacrifice in the line of duty. Raiders tells the extraordinary true stories of six of the most daring special operations ever undertaken in warfare and the heroism of the people behind them. Operation Chariot was the most ambitious amphibious raid ever mounted by the British Forces. Attacking the heavily fortified dry dock at St Nazaire in German occupied France, an elite group of commandos battered their way through a maelstrom of bullets and incendiaries. Their boat is punctured by over a hundred shell holes, the dead and wounded lie all around them on the decks, but still their guns are blazing and still they press on... 'Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others' Winston Churchill

External Threat Reality Benders Book 2 LitRPG Series

Author: Michael Atamanov
Publisher: Magic Dome Books
ISBN: 8088295432
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Reality Bendersis a new series by Michael Atamanov written in a rather rare genre blend of LitRPG, global MMORPG strategy and space adventure creating a seamless picture which unfolds simultaneously in four worlds. One is the Earth with all its political problems and confrontations; the second one a virtual projection of our planet divided into a series of “nodes”; the third one the vast expanse of deep space teeming with civilizations so unlike our own; and finally, a parallel Earth where magic is mundane. Unbeknown to the majority of the Earth’s inhabitants, humanity has been taking part in a game brought to our planet by a highly developed and powerful Geckho civilization. Participating in it can reap considerable rewards as the technologies learned can positively affect both science and everyday life, advancing them decades. Which is why the participant countries aren’t in a hurry to share their discoveries, preferring to act on their own. The game’s events affect the real world - which is why humanity’s potential defeat might have some disastrous consequences for our planet. Gnat is a twenty-year-old gamer and university dropout expelled for organizing online gambling tournaments. He is then offered the choice of either being prosecuted or joining a “research institute studying the effects of virtual reality” as part of a group of fellow gamer dropouts. That’s how Gnat finds himself in the Dome: a classified facility for the faction of players taking part in the reality-bending game. The story is told through Gnat’s eyes as he gradually explores the virtual world and its rules, learning more about players, NPCs and various space races. He’s about to embark on perilous travels through new uncharted lands, meeting our virtual neighbors and learning to find common ground with them; he’s soon to cross swords with space pirates and take part in epic battles which put humanity’s very existence at stake.

Stealthily by Night COPP Combined Operations Pilotage Parties

Author: Ian Trenowden
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1624882684
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COPP (Combined Operations Pilotage Parties) were formed in December 1942, when the need for invasion beach reconnaissance and assault guidance for invasion fleets were officially recognised. COPPs were a revolutionary concept: independent teams, led by Lieutenants, Royal Nay qualified Navigators and Hydrographers – capable of navigating cruisers or aircraft carriers – teamed with Captains, Royal Engineers, preferably commando trained: to make small boat reconnaissances of heavily defended enemy beaches – with full knowledge of proposed major offences...Where their capture would compromise future strategy. The idea was scarcely popular to Chiefs-of-Staff: the SBS (Special Boat Service) already existed and it had always been envisaged that the military aspects of beach reconnaissance should be its responsibility...That COPP were set up at all, is entirely due to the efforts of Nigel Clogstoun Wilmott. His Uncle ’Cloggy’ – whose name he bore – had raised sapper companies of Australian miners, who served at Gallipoli, 1914-1918 war, from him Wilmott had learned the dangers of opposed landing on unknown, uncharted shores. And Wilmott had proved that small craft reconnaissance could be done. He and Roger Courtney of SBS had personally reconnoitred the German-held island of Rhodes, using their own improvised equipment in 1941. Not only did Wilmott secure approval for setting up COPP, he became its Commanding Officer; and personally worked out a rigorous training programme and participated in that too...making himself ill in the process, but it took a lot to stop him. This is an attempt not only to produce a history of COPP, but in the process to correct a few of the misconceptions about COPP, that have appeared in print to date. As Public Records Office files on COPP are incomplete – archive material has had to be supplemented by eyewitness testimony of surviving participants.

Forgotten Raiders of 42

Author: Tripp Wiles
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1612343473
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On October 16, 1942, on Kwajalein Atoll, at the fringe of the Japanese Empire, members of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 6th Base Unit ceremonially beheaded nine Marines from the 2nd Raider Battalion. The captives held no hopes for pardon or for rescue as they walked blindfolded, one by one, to the spot of execution, which also became their burial site. The Marine Corps and their families already thought they were dead, the men knew.Forgotten Raiders of '42 is the account of how these volunteer patriots, unbeknownst to their command, were inadvertently left behind after the Marines' raid on Makin Island in August 1942. The raid, which was a morale boost for the Navy Department and the American public, was hailed at home as a great success even as the condemned Raiders knelt to await their fate. The heroism of the Raiders-under the command of Lt. Col. Evans F. Carlson, who later received the Navy Cross-has been well documented by the press, in books, and in Hollywood. In a country craving good news and heroes, Carlson and the Navy delivered. The details of the raid's shaky beginning and tragic end, however, would not be known until many years later. After a summary of the dramatic raid, Tripp Wiles focuses on the Raiders' withdrawal from Makin and on Carlson's decisions that directly affected the men who were left behind. Wiles also examines the actions, inactions, and conditions that led to their unintentional abandonment. Finally, he reviews the Navy's private reactions and, using new documents and interviews, the Raiders' fate, bringing a measure of closure to the disappearance and execution of the forgotten Raiders.


Author: Eric Affabee
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345346308
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The reader's decisions will determine whether the G.I. Joe team will be able to protect Dr. Newton FitzSimmons while he presents plans for a new antimissile device to the Defense Department.

False Flags

Author: Stephen Robinson
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
ISBN: 1775593029
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Author: Kenneth Macksey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782004017
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Commando', the history Commandos and small-scale raids during World War II, is a gripping narrative, tracing the actions of the fearless men who served as Allied commandos for the Combined Operations department during the war. Kenneth Macksey offers the details of St Nazaire, Bruneval, Dieppe as well as the key players, such as Stirling, Lovat and Carlson. Macksey skilfully provides a study of the lesser-known figures, such as Edson, Appleyard and Pickney, bringing to life their courage and determination while celebrating the sailors who enabled the raiders to reach their destinations.

The Do Or Die Men

Author: George W. Smith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743490371
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The gripping true account of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion -- from its formation and training to its heroic baptism under fire in the battles of Tulagi and Guadalcanal. No campaign in World War II was undertaken with as many shortcomings as Operation Watchtower -- the invasion of Guadalcanal in the summer of 1942. Rushed into action with little training, virtually no enemy intelligence, and using equipment left over from World War I, the gutsy-but-green men of the 1st Marine Division and its attached units were thrown headlong into what would become one of the bloodiest battles of the war. During almost four trying months of constant shelling, bombing, and ground attacks, the 1st Marine Division defied all the odds and somehow managed to beat the hardened Japanese troops at their own game. No campaign in World War II was conducted with as much ferocity. No campaign saw such sustained violence on land, at sea, and in the air. And no other campaign hung in the balance for so long -- to finally be won by the unrelenting courage of a group of American heroes who never gave up the fight.