American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First SpecialForces Mission

American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First SpecialForces Mission

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by John Wukovits
     
 

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Before the Green Berets...Before the Navy SEALs...Before the Army Rangers...There was the Long Patrol.

November 1942: in the hellish combat zone of Guadalcanal, one man would make history.

Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson was considered a maverick by many of his comrades-and seen as a traitor by some. He spent years observing guerrilla tactics all

Overview

Before the Green Berets...Before the Navy SEALs...Before the Army Rangers...There was the Long Patrol.

November 1942: in the hellish combat zone of Guadalcanal, one man would make history.

Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson was considered a maverick by many of his comrades-and seen as a traitor by some. He spent years observing guerrilla tactics all over the world, and knew that those tactics could be adapted effectively by the Marines.

Carlson and an elite fighting force-the 2nd Raider Battalion-embarked upon a thirty-day mission behind enemy lines where they disrupted Japanese supplies, inflicted a string of defeats on the enemy in open combat, and gathered invaluable intelligence on Japanese operations on Guadalcanal. And in the process they helped lay the foundation for Special Forces in the modern military.

Here for the first time is a riveting account of one man, one battalion, and one mission that would resonate through the annals of military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451226921
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Wukovits is the author of One Square Mile of Hell and Pacific Alamo, as well as several military biographies and articles.

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I was pretty young when I first saw the movie Gung Ho ! It was base on the Marine unit that were know as Carlson's Raiders. A very unorthodox outfit to say the least. Trained as commandos. If you are looking for a first person action book, this ain't it. This book goes into great detail about Evans Carlson, the man who came up with the idea for the Raiders. It will describe how he got the outfit authorized by the Marine Corp. Working through the President Roosevelt's office to get what he needed. Carlson was despised, distrusted and just plain disliked by most of the Marine officers. There are sections that describe the fighting of his Raiders told by surviving members. If the history of the Marine Corp. and WWII are your thing you will enjoy it.
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