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The Operators: Inside the World's Special Forces

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Journalist and soldier Mike Ryan's access to restricted information is at the heart of this extraordinary look into the world of special forces and their tactics, training, and protocols. Ryan's web of military contacts in the U.S. and Europe allows him to tell the full stories of famous special forces units (like the SAS, Delta Force, and the French Foreign Legion), to discuss their role today on an ever-changing battlefield, and to ponder their increasing use as political enforcers. Soldiers from all over the ...
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Overview


Journalist and soldier Mike Ryan's access to restricted information is at the heart of this extraordinary look into the world of special forces and their tactics, training, and protocols. Ryan's web of military contacts in the U.S. and Europe allows him to tell the full stories of famous special forces units (like the SAS, Delta Force, and the French Foreign Legion), to discuss their role today on an ever-changing battlefield, and to ponder their increasing use as political enforcers. Soldiers from all over the world talk candidly about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and operations in the Balkans, Somalia, and Sierra Leone. Every entry on a unit, tactic, or weapon is backed up with photographs of it in action, as well as testimony from operators in the field and a full analysis of its combat effectiveness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602392151
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,457,606
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Ryan is the author of The Operators, about the world's special forces, as well as Baghdad or Bust and Special Operations in Iraq, two of the most reliable accounts of the Iraq War.
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Table of Contents


Preface     6
Introduction: Special Forces Roles     8
Special Forces: Selection and Training     14
Politically Correct Warfare: The Balkans     30
Special Forces Tactics: Techniques and Procedures     38
Cave Operators: Operators in Afghanistan     48
Nintendo Operators: Action in Iraq     60
Airborne Operators: Hell from Above     86
Global Operators: Special Forces Worldwide     96
Modern Warfare: Future Operators     206
Conclusion: Final Words     219
Abbreviations     220
Index     222
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Great title, everything else comes up short

    Unfortunately, The Operators fails to live up to expectations, and is not a book that I would recommend to the serious student of special operations. In a book where the pictures are expected to take the lead, several countries had pictures completely unrelated to that nation's special operations units used, such as a temple in India. On the text side, one example of where it falls short is Norway - the country's two top special operations units are not listed rather a LRRP unit that operates in the far north of the country is discussed. All in all, this book shows a lack of detailed research and contributes nothing to the current literature on the world's special operations units.

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