Fred Pushies has skimmed across the waves with SEALs in an eighty-two-foot-long Mark V Special Operations craft, flown at treetop level with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and crunched through the brush with Force Recon Marines. He's the author of more than a dozen books about US special ops and several Zenith Press titles, including MARSOC: US Marine Corps Special Operations Command and Night Stalkers: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Pushies lives in Westland, Michigan.
10th Mountain Divisionby Fred Pushies
First activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943 and most recently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 10th Mountain Division has more than half-a-century’s service as an elite force fighting for its country. 10th Mountain Division takes us through this military combat unit’s history and its most recent missions, personnel, and/b>
First activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943 and most recently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 10th Mountain Division has more than half-a-century’s service as an elite force fighting for its country. 10th Mountain Division takes us through this military combat unit’s history and its most recent missions, personnel, and equipment. Military historian and journalist Fred J. Pushies follows the 10th Mountain Division from its first action in Italy in late 1944 (when Bob Dole served in its ranks) to its return to service training soldiers for the Korean War and work on NATO defense bases throughout Germany; from its reactivation during the Reagan military build-up of the 1980s to its deployment for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; from its role in disaster relief in Florida after Hurricane Andrew and during the famine in Somalia to its current service in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than any ever written, his book provides a true sense of what it means to be a part of this elite division.
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As a veteran of the 10th Mountain Divsion during it's modern formation years I looked forward to learning more about the development into todays' unit. I was disappointed in the rather superficial treatment given in the the entire book.
Nothing was said about the division originally being a cohort unit or the evolution from 2 brigades to todays' 4 brigades. Very little said about our training and no mention of the 100 mile road march.
The operations of the unit in Haiti, Somalia, Kosovo and the supporting role played during Desert Storm/Shield are glossed over in a few paragraphs each.
Little regard was given to the uniqueness of light infantry in the modern era.
If you are expecting a history of the 10th Mountain, or a good look at the operations we were, and still are, involved in look somewhere else.
This would be a good book for a middle school or elementary school library.