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Elite forces : an encyclopedia of the world's most formidable secret armies

Author: Richard M Bennett
Publisher: London : Virgin, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The invincible reputation of specialist military units such as the USA's Delta Force, Israel's IDF and, of course, Britain's SAS, has grown steadily in recent years. Thanks to a number of campaigns and successful anti-terror operations, from London's Iranian Embassy siege in 1980 to their crucial role in Afghanistan following 11 September 2001, it's now assumed that special forces units are ideal for our world of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard M Bennett
ISBN: 1852279745 9781852279745
OCLC Number: 51001776
Description: vii, 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Richard M. Bennett ; foreword by Barry Davies.

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The invincible reputation of specialist military units such as the SAS and Delta Force, has grown over the years. This book presents stories of individual heroism, examines how deserved the  Read more...

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'A brilliant work and thoroughly enjoyable as well as authoritative.' EyeSpy; 'A fascinating read and an excellent source of reference.' Military Illustrated

 
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