Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckDid you know that only a tiny handful of candidates successfully complete the rigorous training that allows a person to become a Navy SEAL? Are you aware that there were Special Forces that fought in the Civil War? Can you identify Special Forces units that served in World War II? These and many other questions are addressed in this volume of the illustrated "War Stories" series. Special Forces soldiers have become a significant element of modern military thinking. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Special Forces troops have played a leading role in waging war against foes. However, special force operations are not just a modern concept. During the American Revolution, guerilla operations led by specially trained cavalry troops played a significant role in the eventual Rebel victory. In the Civil War, Confederate cavalry forces under the command of John Singleton Mosby and Nathan Bedford Forest plagued Union troops by using highly successful hit-and-run operations. In the world wars of the twentieth century specialized forces were used as shock troops in trench raids, as commandoes, and behind the lines in conjunction with resistance fighters. As Brian Williams ably points out in this fascinating introductory work, Special Forces are elite units that serve an increasingly important role in modern warfare and their story will capture the interest of younger readers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
Special Forces looks at commandoes around the world.
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