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Posted June 22, 2012
I'm a voracious reader of Military history, also a vet and long ago a member of Special Forces. Naturally I was very interested in this new tome about aspects of SF antecedents.
Frankly I was very disappointed in the book. It doesn't handle the information very interestingly. Volkmann and company was undoubtedly successful at what he did but the book was unsuccessful at presenting the story. Alas!
I've read five books on the First Special Service Force from whince the Special Forces Crest draws Two of its ingredients, the Crossed Arrows and the center piece, the V-42 fighting knife. Any book I've read about this amazing Canadian/American Force feeds the reader with inspiration and awe. "American Guerilla" while on the cover make you want to buy, consume and relate, essentially fails deeply in this dept! alas
Posted June 20, 2010
I really liked Mike Guardia's "American Guerrilla". Normally, I'm not a huge fan of military history, but this book was so good, that I didn't want to put it down. Here's a fascinating story of a man in the Pacific who led a guerrilla war against the Japanese during World War II. We also come to find out that, after the war, he drafted the Army's first guide to counterinsurgency and that his principles and ideas are still used today.
Also, the author does a fine job in showing that Volckmann is the father of Special Forces as we know it today. This will certainly get a lot of attention in the Special Forces community, as the credit has traditionally been given to Aaron Bank, a well known OSS veteran.
All in all, its a fabuluos read. Meticuluosly researched and well worth your time.