Secret Commandos

Secret Commandos

Ten entire teams disappeared and another fourteen were annihilated. This is the dramatic, page-turning true story of that team’s dedication, sacrifice, and constant fight for survival.

Author: John L. Plaster

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439142479

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 857

Major John L. Plaster recalls his remarkable covert activities as a member of a special operations team during the Vietnam War in a “comprehensive, informative, and often exciting…account of an important part of the overall Vietnam tragedy” (The New York Times). Before there were Navy SEALs, there was SOG. Short for “Studies and Operations Group,” it was a secret operations force in Vietnam, the most highly decorated unit in the war. Although their chief mission was disrupting the main North Vietnamese supply route into South Vietnam, SOG commandos also rescued downed helicopter pilots and fellow soldiers, and infiltrated deep into Laos and Cambodia to identify bombing targets, conduct ambushes, mine roads, and capture North Vietnamese soldiers for intelligence purposes. Always outnumbered, they matched wits in the most dangerous environments with an unrelenting foe that hunted them with trackers and dogs. Ten entire teams disappeared and another fourteen were annihilated. This is the dramatic, page-turning true story of that team’s dedication, sacrifice, and constant fight for survival. In the “gripping” (Publishers Weekly) Secret Commandos, John Plaster vividly describes these unique warriors who gave everything fighting for their country—and for each other.
Categories: History

Hitler s Secret Commandos

Hitler s Secret Commandos

Operations of the K-Verband Helmut Blocksdorf. HITLER'S SECRET
COMMANDOS OPERATIONS OF THE K - VERBAND by Helmut Blocksdorf
Translation by Geoffrey Brooks X Pen & Sword MILITARY First published in Great
Britain in 2008 ...

Author: Helmut Blocksdorf

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 9781781596579

Category: History

Page: 208

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Hitler's Secret Commandos is the history of the K-Verband naval commando unit, established in 1943 to reek havoc amongst invading allied forces involved in amphibious landings or actions, against German-occupied coasts.Following the Italian and British example, the basic idea was for a small, exceptionally well-trained and absolutely reliable commando force using the maximum element of surprise. Midget U-boats, and small torpedo-carrying craft along the lines of the "explosive boats" used by the Italian Navy, were designed for individual operations while a naval assault troop was formed for missions against important enemy operational targets near the sea after being landed from naval vessels offshore.Using German archive material, first-hand accounts and other published material this is the first comprehensive history of the K-Verband. It charts the development, structure, selection, training and equipment the Commando_unit used together with a detailed narrative of the operations undertaken.The material has been translated from a German text, previously published in Germany with wide acclaim.
Categories: History

Secret Green Beret Commandos in Cambodia

Secret Green Beret Commandos in Cambodia

Plaster, John L. SOG, A Photo History of the Secret Wars. Paladin Press, a
division of Paladin Enterprises, Inc., Boulder, CO. 2000. Plaster, John L. Secret
Commandos, Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG. NAL Caliber,
an ...

Author: Fred S. Lindsey

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781477273081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 740

View: 171

We could call this book "Special Operations Recon Mission Impossible." A small group of highly trained, resourceful US Special Forces (SF) men is asked to go in teams behind the enemy lines to gather intelligence on the North Vietnamese Army units that had infiltrated through Laos and Cambodia down the Ho Chi Minh trails to their secret bases inside the Cambodian border west of South Vietnam. The covert reconnaissance teams, of only two or three SF men with four or five experienced indigenous mercenaries each, were tasked to go into enemy target areas by foot or helicopter insertion. They could be 15 kilometers beyond any other friendly forces, with no artillery support. In sterile uniforms - with no insignia or identification, if they were killed or captured, their government would deny their military connection. The enemy had placed a price on their heads and had spies in their Top Secret headquarters known as SOG. SOG had three identical recon ground units along the border areas. This book tells the history of Command and Control Detachment South (CCS). The CCS volunteer warriors and its Air Partners - the Army and Air Force helicopter transport and gunship crews who lived and fought together and sometimes died together. This is the first published history of CCS as compiled by its last living commander, some forty years after they were disbanded. It tells of the struggles and intrigue involved in SOG's development as the modern-day legacy of our modern Special Operations Commands. Forbidden to tell of their experiences for over twenty years; their After Action Reports destroyed even before they were declassified - surviving veterans team together to tell how Recon men wounded averaged 100 percent; and SOG became the most highly decorated unit in Vietnam and all were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Canada s Secret Commandos

Canada s Secret Commandos

"Award winning journalist David Pugliese tells you everything the government doesn't want you to know about the most secret unit in the Canadian military today - Joint Task Force Two.

Author: David Pugliese

Publisher: Spotlight Poets

ISBN: 1895896185

Category: Commando troops

Page: 231

View: 501

Categories: Commando troops

Commandos

Commandos

Operators may be away from home as many as ten months out of the year on
secret missions or training assignments, about which they can share little with
loved ones. Some commandos have secret codes they exchange over the phone
with ...

Author: Douglas Waller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439142073

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 878

A precursor to American Sniper or Seal Team Six, The Commandos is a heart-pounding look at what it takes to fight alongside the very best of America’s armed forces. In The Commandos, veteran Pentagon correspondent for Newsweek Douglas Waller gives a behind-the-scenes look at the most secret and elite of clandestine warriors. Offering inside details of the U.S. special operations forces, including Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Delta Force, Waller reveals the excruciating training and dangerous missions of America's elite fighting forces as he follows them following them into battle in Operation Desert Storm.
Categories: Political Science

Journal of Special Operations Medicine

Journal of Special Operations Medicine

... Secret Armies : Inside the American Soviet and European Special Forces
James Adams 0871132230 Secret Army , Secret War : Washington's Tragic Spy
Operation in North Vietnam Sedgwick D. Tourison 1557508186 Secret
Commandos ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCR:31210019937638

Category: Medicine, Military

Page:

View: 360

Categories: Medicine, Military

Ian Fleming s Commandos

Ian Fleming s Commandos

On 20 September 2010 the Pentagon ordered the entire first print-run of a book
written by a US military intelligence officer about spycraft in Afghanistan to be
destroyed, because it revealed secret classified information. One of the 200-odd
 ...

Author: Nicholas Rankin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199912025

Category: History

Page: 416

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In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: it stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures--commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise," wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order." He found one in Commander Ian Fleming. In Ian Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30 Assault Unit, the group was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations. Assault unit commandos fought in the North African campaign and the invasions of Sicily and Italy, poked over the bones of bombed Pantelleria, and liberated Capri. Rebranded '30 Assault Unit', they went ashore on D-Day, heading for rocket-sites and radar-stations. They helped liberate Paris (including the Ritz Bar and the Rothschild mansion) and then set out to steal scientific and industrial secrets from the heart of Germany. Their final amazing coup was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy's three hundred tons of documents. Ian Fleming flew out in person to accompany the loot back to Britain, where it was combed for evidence to use in the Nuremburg trials. Based on incisive research and written with verve and insight, this new paperback edition of Ian Fleming's Commandos brings to life a long-obscured chapter of World War II and reveals the inspiration behind Fleming's famous fiction.
Categories: History

Spies and Commandos

Spies and Commandos

Complete operational account of the dangerous and deadly missions that made up a disastrous covert operation in which US commandos went behind enemy lines and were captured, killed, or returned with false information.

Author: Kenneth J. Conboy

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015047713733

Category: History

Page: 347

View: 288

Complete operational account of the dangerous and deadly missions that made up a disastrous covert operation in which US commandos went behind enemy lines and were captured, killed, or returned with false information.
Categories: History

Australian Commandos

Australian Commandos

Their Secret War Against the Japanese in World War II A. B. Feuer. About the
Author A . B . Feuer is a military historian and freelance newspaper and
magazine journalist . He is the author of Bilibid Diary : The Secret Notebooks of
Commander ...

Author: A. B. Feuer

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811732940

Category: History

Page: 194

View: 258

Little-known story of elite Australian commandos and their daring, clandestine operations deep in enemy-held territory Many of their missions remain classified This is a fascinating account of Australia's M/Z commando unit and the part it played in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. M Unit personnel were secretly landed to set up coast-watching posts and radio stations to monitor Japanese shipping movements and bombing flights. Members of the Z Unit carried out raids in enemy-controlled areas and also attacked targets of opportunity. Many commandos were delivered on their missions by U.S. Navy submarines that sneaked into dangerously shallow waters to put the men ashore. Other operatives were inserted by PT boats, Catalina aircraft, parachute, and snake boats.
Categories: History

Churchill s Secret Invasion

Churchill s Secret Invasion

surrender. They were all coloured troops and the whole thing was over just like
that!” 49 After securing all the prisoners, the Commandos rendered the guns
temporarily unserviceable by removing the breech blocks, and then fired three
green ...

Author: John Grehan

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473829664

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 152

In the spring of 1942 Britain's far-flung empire was in the greatest peril. North Africa was being overrun by the German Afrika Korps and in south-east Asia the forces of Imperial Japan had captured Singapore and were threatening India. Only the most urgent reinforcement of both war fronts could prevent disaster. But Britain's shipping routes to Egypt and India passed the island of Madagascar. If the Japanese Navy, operating out of Madagascar, could severe Britain's communications with Cairo and Delhi, then the whole of North Africa and the Indian sub-continent would be at the mercy of the Axis Powers. In a desperate race against time, and under conditions of the utmost secrecy, at Churchill's instigation Britain planned to seize Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, before the Japanese could strike. An overwhelming force was assembled and despatched as part of the largest convoy ever to have left Britain's shores. Yet the expedition's commanders were faced with not just military but also political obstacles, because the forces occupying the island were not those her enemy's but those of her former ally - France. The Secret Invasion is the first book to examine in detail this crucial campaign which was Britain's largest amphibious assault since the First World War and the first large-scale combined air, sea and land operation Britain had attempted.
Categories: History

Secret Forces of World War II

Secret Forces of World War II

The unit began by being called 'Naval Beach Commandos', but the title was soon
changed to Royal Naval Commandos. The nature of their task required men of
the highest quality, and the remainder of the navy was far from enthusiastic about
 ...

Author: Philip Warner

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473818033

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 660

One of the lasting legacies of World War 2 was the proliferation of what today are known as Special Forces. At the time many soldiers, often of high rank regarded these units as nothing short of ill-disciplined cowboys or worse! However desperate times called for desperate measures and there were those in high places who were prepared to take risks. As specially recruited units such as the LRDG, SAS and SBS earned their spurs and scored significant victories, at high cost both to the enemy and themselves, so faith in the concept grew
Categories: History

The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism

The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism

As in the Beirut operation fifteen years earlier, Mossad operatives awaited the
commandos on the beach. The forces quickly boarded three cars—two
Volkswagen Transporters and one Peugeot 305—that Mossad had rented a few
days earlier ...

Author: Ami Pedahzur

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511612

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 709

While Mossad is known as one of the world's most successful terrorist-fighting organizations, the state of Israel has, more than once and on many levels, risked the lives of its agents and soldiers through unwise intelligence-based intervention. The elimination of Palestinian leaders and militants has not decreased the incidence of Palestinian terrorism, for example. In fact, these incidents have become more lethal than ever, and ample evidence suggests that the actions of Israeli intelligence have fueled terrorist activities across the globe. An expert on terror and political extremism, Ami Pedahzur argues that Israel's strict reliance on the elite units of the intelligence community is fundamentally flawed. A unique synthesis of memoir, academic research, and information gathered from print and online sources, Pedahzur's complex study explores this issue through Israel's past encounters with terrorists, specifically hostage rescue missions, the first and second wars in Lebanon, the challenges of the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian terrorist groups, and Hezbollah. He brings a rare transparency to Israel's counterterrorist activities, highlighting their successes and failures and the factors that have contributed to these results. From the foundations of this analysis, Pedahzur ultimately builds a strategy for future confrontation that will be relevant not only to Israel but also to other countries that have adopted Israel's intelligence-based model.
Categories: History

SOG

SOG

In SOG, Major John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran, shares the gripping exploits of these true American warriors in a minute-by-minute, heartbeat-by-heartbeat account of the group’s stunning operations behind enemy ...

Author: John L. Plaster

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501189586

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 488

John Plaster’s riveting account of his covert activities as a member of a special operations team during the Vietnam War is “a true insider’s account, this eye-opening report will leave readers feeling as if they’ve been given a hot scoop on a highly classified project” (Publishers Weekly). Code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG was the most secret elite US military unit to serve in the Vietnam War—so secret its very existence was denied by the government. Composed entirely of volunteers from such ace fighting units as the Army Green Berets, Air Force Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, SOG took on the most dangerous covert assignments, in the deadliest and most forbidding theaters of operation. In SOG, Major John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran, shares the gripping exploits of these true American warriors in a minute-by-minute, heartbeat-by-heartbeat account of the group’s stunning operations behind enemy lines—penetrating heavily defended North Vietnamese military facilities, holding off mass enemy attacks, launching daring missions to rescue downed US pilots. Some of the most extraordinary true stories of honor and heroism in the history of the US military, from sabotage to espionage to hand-to-hand combat, Plaster’s account is “a detailed history of this little-known aspect of the Vietnam War…a worthy act of historical rescue from an unjustified, willed oblivion” (The New York Times).
Categories: History

When Presidents Lie

When Presidents Lie

J . William Fulbright n April 1995 , the U . S . Immigration and Naturalization
Service ( INS ) rejected applications from fifty Vietnamese citizens who claimed to
have Ibeen hired as secret commandos by the CIA more than twenty - five years ...

Author: Eric Alterman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143036041

Category: Political Science

Page: 447

View: 797

Assesses the impact of governmental and presidential lies on American culture, revealing how such lies become ever more complex and how such deception creates problems far more serious than those lied about in the beginning.
Categories: Political Science

The Complex

The Complex

... the “extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents
marshaled to secure the [presidential] inauguration,” the Pentagon had deployed
“super-secret commandos . . . with state-of-the-art weaponry” in the nation's
capital.

Author: Nick Turse

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781429941631

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 506

A mind-boggling investigation of the allpervasive, constantly morphing presence of the Pentagon in daily life—a real-world Matrix come alive Here is the new, hip, high-tech military-industrial complex—an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system of systems that penetrates all our lives. From iPods to Starbucks to Oakley sunglasses, historian Nick Turse explores the Pentagon's little-noticed contacts (and contracts) with the products and companies that now form the fabric of America. Turse investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: the Pentagon's collaborations with Hollywood filmmakers; its outlandish schemes to weaponize the wild kingdom; its joint ventures with the World Wrestling Federation and NASCAR. He shows the inventive ways the military, desperate for new recruits, now targets children and young adults, tapping into the "culture of cool" by making "friends" on MySpace. A striking vision of this brave new world of remote-controlled rats and super-soldiers who need no sleep, The Complex will change our understanding of the militarization of America. We are a long way from Eisenhower's military-industrial complex: this is the essential book for understanding its twenty-first-century progeny.
Categories: Political Science

Canine Commandos

Canine Commandos

After that, the area officially became a crime scene controlled by the FBI and the
Secret Service, while Officer Jim Lugaila, a search-dog handler from the DC
Metropolitan Police K-9 unit, was put in charge of running the canine operation.
Again ...

Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781612430775

Category: Pets

Page: 296

View: 901

DOGS IN WAR From World War I battlefields to present-day Afghanistan, dogs have been the loyal companions and trusted compatriots of soldiers worldwide. Now the exciting, heartwarming and heroic stories of history’s most famous combat dogs are compiled in this incredible collection. •CAIRO, SEAL Team Six’s Belgian Malinois, who was choppered in with his top-secret unit on their heroic mission to take out Osama bin Laden. •RAGS, a Highland terrier who dodged German shell-fire, shrapnel and poison gas to deliver crucial messages to the Western Front. •GANDER, the Canadian Royal Rifles’ Newfoundland, who sacrificed his life by scooping up a grenade and carrying it in his mouth away from his unit. •EBONY, the fearless German shepherd who alerted soldiers to an imminent ambush, saving 25 men from sudden death in Vietnam’s unyielding jungle. •COOPER, the bomb-sniffing Labrador who relentlessly scoured Iraq for explosives until the fateful day when an IED killed him and his handler.
Categories: Pets

The Brandenburger Commandos

The Brandenburger Commandos

They were opened; inside was found the Polish secret service's treasure: reports
by the Polish military attaches in Tokyo, Rome, Paris, and Berlin and several
cartons of material from the Bromberg branch office and others near the frontier.

Author: Franz Kurowski

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811750530

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 930

Rare look into the secret military operations of Hitler's Germany Page-turning narrative detailing the unit's exploits Very few books have been written about this clandestine operations unit, which was run by the German Army's intelligence service. Trained to be quick, mobile, and self-reliant and steeped in local customs and languages, the Brandenburgers operated behind enemy lines around the world. From Western Europe to Romania, Russia, Egypt, Afghanistan, and World War II's other fronts, they seized bridges and other strategic targets and engaged in sabotage, espionage, and other daring missions-often bending the rules of war in the process. Although the unit was dissolved in 1944, its tactics influenced special forces around the world both during the war and after.
Categories: History

X Troop

X Troop

For the first time, X Troop tells the astonishing story of these secret shock troops and their devastating blows against the Nazis.

Author: Leah Garrett

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780358177425

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 399

The incredible World War II saga of the Jewish refugees who fought in Britain’s most secretive special-forces unit—but whose story has gone untold until now. June, 1942. The Third Reich is victorious everywhere. In desperation, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an unusual plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. Many have lost their families, their homes—their whole worlds. They will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top-secret unit becomes known as X-Troop. Some simply call them a “suicide squad.” Drawing on extensive original research, including interviews with the last surviving members, Leah Garrett follows this unique band of brothers from Germany to England and back again, with stops at British internment camps, the beaches of Normandy, the battlefields of Italy and Holland, and the hellscape of Terezin concentration camp—the scene of one of the most dramatic, untold rescues of the war. For the first time, X Troop tells the astonishing story of these secret shock troops and their devastating blows against the Nazis.
Categories: History

The Commandos

The Commandos

An inside look at U.S. special operations forces examines the most secret and elite of clandestine warriors, including Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Delta Force

Author: Douglas C. Waller

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0440220467

Category: Fiction

Page: 469

View: 500

An inside look at U.S. special operations forces examines the most secret and elite of clandestine warriors, including Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and Delta Force
Categories: Fiction

Hunting the Jackal

Hunting the Jackal

A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's
Enemies Billy Waugh, Tim Keown ... John L. Plaster, U.S. Army Special Forces,
author of SOG and Secret Commandos “For those of us who have served with
Sgt.

Author: Billy Waugh

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062133571

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 230

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of U.S. Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s, and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars -- including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography