Author: Andrew L. HargreavesPublish On: 2013-10-28
In this book, Andrew L. Hargreaves not only describes tactics and operations but also outlines the distinctions between commandos and special forces, traces their evolution during the war, explains how the Anglo-American alliance functioned ...
Author: Andrew L. Hargreaves
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
British and American commanders first used modern special forces in support of conventional military operations during World War II. Since then, although special ops have featured prominently in popular culture and media coverage of wars, the academic study of irregular warfare has remained as elusive as the practitioners of special operations themselves. This book is the first comprehensive study of the development, application, and value of Anglo-American commando and special forces units during the Second World War. Special forces are intensively trained, specially selected military units performing unconventional and often high-risk missions. In this book, Andrew L. Hargreaves not only describes tactics and operations but also outlines the distinctions between commandos and special forces, traces their evolution during the war, explains how the Anglo-American alliance functioned in the creation and use of these units, looks at their command and control arrangements, evaluates their impact, and assesses their cost-effectiveness. The first real impetus for the creation of British specialist formations came in the desperate summer of 1940 when, having been pushed out of Europe following defeat in France and the Low Countries, Britain began to turn to irregular forces in an effort to wrest back the strategic initiative from the enemy. The development of special forces by the United States was also a direct consequence of defeat. After Pearl Harbor, Hargreaves shows, the Americans found themselves in much the same position as Britain had been in 1940: shocked, outnumbered, and conventionally defeated, they were unable to come to grips with the enemy on a large scale. By the end of the war, a variety of these units had overcome a multitude of evolutionary hurdles and made valuable contributions to practically every theater of operation. In describing how Britain and the United States worked independently and cooperatively to invent and put into practice a fundamentally new way of waging war, this book demonstrates the two nations’ flexibility, adaptability, and ability to innovate during World War II.
In the U.S. Army , “ special operations ” have included , at one time or another ,
everything from commando , escape and evasion ... American leaders employed
both types of units extensively , if not systematically , during World War II . In view
U.S. Army Special Operations in World War II David W. Hogan , Jr. Review by
Capt Keith Vollenweider , MSC } Burma - India , the book looks at many Special Operations U.S. ARMY topics , from their successes , such as taking of key
This book covers special operations from all parts of the armed forces of World War Two.
Author: Alexander Swanston
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
Without doubt Boeing Flying Fortress B-17F 41-42285 Memphis Belle and her crew generate an image that is an all-American icon. Indeed, it has been claimed that the Memphis Belle is in the top five of the most famous American aircraft of all time. In September, 1942, a new Flying Fortress was delivered at Bangor, Maine, to a crew of ten eager American lads headed by Robert K. Morgan, a lanky 24-year-old USAAF pilot from Asheville, N. C. The boys climbed aboard, flew their ship to Memphis, Tenn. and christened her Memphis Belle in honour of Morgan's fiancée, Miss Margaret Polk of Memphis, and then headed across the Atlantic to join the US Eighth Air Force in England. Between November 7 1942 and May 171943 they flew the Memphis Belle over Hitler's Europe twenty-five times. They dropped more than 60 tons of bombs on targets in Germany, France and Belgium. They blasted the Focke-Wulf plant at Bremen, locks at St. Nazaire and Brest, docks and shipbuilding installations at Wilhelmshaven, railway yards at Rouen, submarine pens and power houses at Lorient, and airplane works at Antwerp. They shot down eight enemy fighters, probably got five others and damaged at least a dozen. Memphis Belle flew through all the flak that Hitler could send up to them. She slugged it out with Goering's Messerschmitts and Focke-Wulfs. She was riddled by machine gun and cannon fire. Once she returned to base with most of her tail shot away. German guns destroyed a wing and five engines. Her fuselage was shot to pieces but Memphis Belle kept going back. The Memphis Belle crew has been decorated 51 times. Each of the 10 has received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters. The 51st award was Sergeant Quinlan's Purple Heart. This DVD is a compilation of footage on the famous B-17 Memphis Belle aircraft and is expertly put together by aviation historian and author Graham Simons.
Author: U.S. Special Operations CommandPublish On: 1992
OVERVIEW OF SPECIAL Along with the use of advanced technolOPERATIONS
AND CAPABILITIES ogy , SOF retains many of the characteristics of its World War II predecessors . SOF versatility Special operations are conducted by forces ...
The bravery of the men from all sides who went to war in suicidal or near-suicidal weapons cannot be overestimated. The story of these special attack forces remains a testimony to ingenuity, desperation and courage.
Author: Richard O'Neill
Publisher: Pavilion Books
In a detailed exploration of the hazardous 'Special Attack' weapons and forces of World War II, Suicide Squads examines the role of explosive motorboats, midget submarines, human torpedoes and kamikaze aircraft. In addition to weapon development, Richard O'Neil describes the actions themselves including Pearl Harbour, the raid on Sydney Harbour and special forces mission at Guadalcanal, Midway and Okinawa. The bravery of the men from all sides who went to war in suicidal or near-suicidal weapons cannot be overestimated. The story of these special attack forces remains a testimony to ingenuity, desperation and courage.
As author Alex Swanston explains in his introduction, “World War II was a truly global conflict, involving almost all nations in the struggle to stop the spread of totalitarianism.
Author: Alex Swanston
As author Alex Swanston explains in his introduction, “World War II was a truly global conflict, involving almost all nations in the struggle to stop the spread of totalitarianism. This meant that battles were fought in all climates and on all sorts of terrain. . . . Technology had also progressed, meaning that war could be fought under the surface of the sea or in the air 40,000 feet above. This unique scenario involving all aspects of the military meant that specialist units bloomed, using the rough ground or unique setting to their advantage.” The Atlas of Special Operations of World War II covers special operations from all parts of the armed forces of the Second World War. From early Fallschirmjager raids to capture strategic targets to the massed airdrops of Operation Market Garden, from the low level raids of the Dam Busters to small scale Commando raids along the Norwegian coast, it covers the formation of specific units, why and how they were employed and details the outcomes of their actions and how these operations affected the wider war. The raids, carried out by select and specially trained men and women of the Allied and Axis forces, are covered from the deserts of North Africa and the Cold Balkan mountains to the deep jungle of Burma and the vast openness of the Pacific Ocean. Featuring eighty photographs and more than one hundred maps detailing the operations, The Atlas of Special Operations of World War II is perfect for anyone who wants to see how the war was really fought—and won! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
This is the story of special operations in the second world war as it has never been told before--directly by those who took part.
Author: Russell Miller
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
This is the story of special operations in the second world war as it has never been told before--directly by those who took part. Compiled by Russell Miller from interviews, diaries, letters and contemporaneous first-person accounts--many unpublished until now--the oral history in Behind the Lines follows the adventures of the courageous men and women who volunteered for service with the Untied States' Office of Strategic Services and Britain's Special Operations Executive. They parachuted behind enemy lines, often alone, with orders to cause mayhem. Arrest almost always resulted in torture and imprisonment; sometimes in execution. Trained in the black arts of warfare--sabotage, subversion, espionage, guerrilla tactics and undermining enemy morale by the distribution of insidious propaganda--theirs was a war fought in the shadows. Their activities extended to every theatre of operations: in occupied France, equipped with false identities, they played a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Gestapo; in the Balkans they discovered that the fiery politics of the region were as dangerous as the enemy; in the Burmese jungle, in some of the worst combat conditions of the war, they led native marauders in surprise attacks against the Japanese. From Britain they were supported by a team of back-room inventors who produced expertly forged documents and dreamed up ingenious devices like exploding rats and invisible ink. The special agents of World War Two really were a breed apart. This is their extraordinary story. In their own words.
This book is the first multi-archival, international academic analysis of SOE's policy and operations in Norway and the influences that shaped them, challenging previous interpretations of the relationship between this organisation and both ...
Author: Ian Herrington
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Between 1940 and 1945, Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) carried out sabotage and organised resistance across occupied Europe. Over 5 years, SOE sent over 500 agents into Norway to carry out a range of operations from sabotage and assassination to attempts to organise an underground guerrilla army. This book is the first multi-archival, international academic analysis of SOE's policy and operations in Norway and the influences that shaped them, challenging previous interpretations of the relationship between this organisation and both the Norwegian authorities and the Milorg resistance movement.
CHAPTER 1 Introduction From the plains of Europe to the jungles of the Pacific,
the U.S. Army in World War II employed a variety of commando and guerrilla operations to harass the Axis armies, gather intelligence, and support the more ...
Publisher: Government Printing Office
CMH 70-42. Army Special Publication. Discusses a variety of commando and guerrilla operations that were conducted on the plains of Europe and in the jungles of the Pacific to harass the Axis armies, to gather intelligence, and to support the more conventional Allied military efforts, yet their significance was a matter of dispute. Hogan examines the critical issues underlying special operations and shows how American leaders employed commandos - rangers in Army parlance - and guerrillas extensively, if not systematically, during the war. Other related products: World War II resources collection can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/catalog/us-military-history/battles-wars/world-war-ii Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II --Print Paperback format can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-029-00432-1 American Military History Volume 2: The United States Army in a Global Era, 1917-2008 --Print Hardcover format can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-029-00525-5 Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook -- Looseleaf with binder format-- can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-070-00810-6 --CD-ROM format can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-070-00816-5 --ePub format available from Apple iBookstore and Google Play eBookstore. Please use ISBN: 9780160867194 to search this title through their platform(s).
Headquarters , 441st Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment , Special Operations . “ German - Japanese Naval Operations in World War II . ” 3 May
1946 . U . S . NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION ,
WASHINGTON , D ...
Author: Carl Boyd
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
When first published in 1995, this book was hailed as an absolutely indispensable contribution to the history of the Pacific War. Drawing heavily from Japanese sources and American wartime intercepts of secret Japanese radio messages, a noted American naval historian and a Japanese mariner painstakingly recorded and evaluated a diverse array of material about Japan's submarines in World War II. The study begins with the development of the first Japanese 103-ton Holland-type submergible craft in 1905 and continues through the 1945 surrender of the largest submarine in the world at the time, the 5300-ton I-400 class that carried three airplanes. Submarine weapons, equipment, personnel, and shore support systems are discussed first in the context of Japanese naval preparations for war and later during the war. Both successes and missed opportunities are analyzed in operations ranging from the California coast through the Pacific and Indian Oceans to the coast of German-occupied France. Appendixes include lists of Japanese submarine losses and the biographies of key Japanese submarine officers. Rare illustrations and specifically commissioned operational maps enhance the text.
the SAS also absorbed the Special Boat Section which , with a troop of the "
Greek Sacred Regiment , became 1st SAS ' s D ... Both regiments undertook
sabotage and reconnaissance operations behind the Axis lines in the North
Author: Ed. Dear
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press
Category: World War, 1939-1945
An illustrated survey contains hundreds of alphabetically arranged articles on every aspect of the war, including national figures, battles, social history, and military technology
Spring 1941 [ US ] Department of the Army , Pamphlet No . 20 - 260 , Washington
, November 1953 . Hehn , Paul N . , The German Struggle against Yugoslav
Guerrillas in World War II , German Counter - Insurgency in Yugoslavia 1941 -
Author: Milan Deroc
The book challenges the accepted interpretations of the role of Tito and Mihailovic in the turbulent history of Yugoslavia in World War II. It critically reviews the wartime policies of Great Britain toward Yugoslavia and reassess the postwar grip of Tito's fan club on British-Yugoslav historiography.
The United States had its OSS ( Office of Strategic Services , the predecessor of
the CIA and Special Forces ) , while the British had the SOE ( Special Operations
Executive ) . During World War II guerrilla warfare was waged on a larger scale ...
Author: James F. Dunnigan
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Category: World War, 1939-1945
Historical entries capture little-known aspects of World War II, exposing the dark, misunderstood, and tragicomic aspects of the war
Author: United States. USAF Historical DivisionPublish On: 1948
In that year the British government had established a Special Operations
Executive ( SOE ) , in whose office lay the over - all responsibility for a variety of
operations that were conveniently and most safely described as “ special . ”
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Intelligence And Strategy In The Second World War . London : Cass , 1994 .
Heimark , Bruce . The OSS Norwegian Special Operations Group In World War II .
Westport , Connecticut : Praeger , 1994 . Hogan , David . U.S. Army Special ...
Author: William E. Scott
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
An extraordinarily detailed reference book, The World At War: 1939-1945 offers the reader an in-depth guide to the greatest conflict of the 20th Century. Meticulously researched with over 1,200 identifications and a bibliography of over 4,000 sources, the book examines the people, places, and events that changed our world forever. William Scott spent three years carefully researching and compiling the information for this book. He worked exclusively from military archives and university libraries to produce this one of a kind World War II reference book. Including an easy to follow chronology of events, a list of military and naval abbreviations, and an organizational chart of U.S. Army units, The World At War: 1939-1945 is a must for military historians, academics, history buffs, and veterans.
Condit , D . M . , Case Study in Guerrilla War : Greece During World War II .
Special Warfare Research Division , Special Operations Research office ,
Washington 1961 . Connell , J . , Wavell : Soldier and Scholar , New York 1964 .
Author: André Gerolymatos
Publisher: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada
T T Tith a history reaching back to the ' Air Commandos ' and ' Carpetbaggers ' of World War II , today ' s Air Force Special Operations Command continues in the
tradition of ' quiet professionals ' responsible for providing highly specialised air ...
Author: Patrick Allen
Publisher: Airlife Pub Limited
These elite fighting units are honed to perfection in the art of clandestine warfare and can operate in every conceivable geographical location, reacting rapidly to a wide range of challenges. They utilize the most modern military equipment to fight on land and sea or in the air. This book transports you into their hidden secret world where you will join them skydiving through the night, making underwater forays into hostile territories or guiding allied fighting aircraft on their precision target sorties.
This book traces the development of SOE's Malayan operations, and analyses the interactions between SOE and the various guerrilla groups.
Author: Rebecca Kenneison
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Category: Political Science
During World War II, agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) infiltrated Japanese-occupied Malaya. There they worked with Malayan guerrilla groups, including the communist-sponsored Malayan Peoples Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), regarded as the precursor of the communist insurgent army of the Malayan Emergency. This book traces the development of SOE's Malayan operations, and analyses the interactions between SOE and the various guerrilla groups. It explores the reasons for and the extent of Malay disillusionment with Japanese rule, and demonstrates how guerrilla service acted as a training ground for some later Malay leaders of the independent nation. However, the reports written about the MPAJA by SOE operatives just after the war failed to draw out the likely future threat posed by the communists to the returning colonial administration. Rebecca Kenneison shows that the British possessed a wealth of local information, but failed to convert it into active intelligence in the period prior to the Malayan Emergency. In doing so she provides new insights into the impact of SOE on Malayan politics, the nature of Malayan communism's challenge to colonial rule, and British post-war intelligence in Malaya.