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Secret armies : the full story of S.A.S., Delta Force, & Spetsnaz

Author: James Adams
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 1988, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Some of the most spectacular military successes in recent times have been won by ... special forces. The raising of the Iranian Embassy siege in London and the rescue of hostages at Entebbe and Mogadishu demonstrated some of their capabilities. But there have been equally spectacular failures, such as the abortive US rescue mission to Iran ... Who trains these special forces? Who controls them -- and how effective  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Adams
ISBN: 0091734525 9780091734527
OCLC Number: 18017706
Description: 440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction --
pt. 2. Europe ablaze --
pt. 3. Covert actions. Guerrillas, assassins and subversives --
Vietnam : futility and frustration --
Poisoning the Prague spring --
pt. 4. Bloody revolution. 'There are no innocents' --
The hydra strikes --
pt. 5. America to the rescue. Charlie's angels --
Debacle at Desert One --
pt. 6. Russia's Vietnam? Assault on Kabul --
Changing tactics --
pt. 7. The British experience. Attack at Princes gate --
Three men and a coup --
Operation Corporate --
pt. 8. The snake eater returns. The snake bites back --
Operation Urgent Fury --
Congress bites the bullet --
pt. 9. Training and equipment. Targeting the West --
Preparing for conflict --
pt. 10. Surrogate warfare. A fist into water --
Operation Recovery.
Responsibility: James Adams.

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An account of secret and special armed forces since 1945. The author maintains that such forces will play an increasingly important role, both as peacekeepers and in any future war. Events such as  Read more...

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