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The book begins with the SEALs’ origins in World War II, when the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) prepared beaches in Normandy and the Pacific for U.S. amphibious ...
The book begins with the SEALs’ origins in World War II, when the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) prepared beaches in Normandy and the Pacific for U.S. amphibious landings. The UDTs also served in the Korean War, but afterwards were neglected. A new conflict in Vietnam demanded a new type of unit, and the SEALs were born out of the UDTs as a maritime special operations unit capable of a multitude of missions. The SEALs served with distinction in Southeast Asia, targeting the Vietcong infrastructure and earning a fearsome reputation.
Since the American withdrawal from Vietnam, the SEALs have seen action in Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia and now Afghanistan and Iraq. The book describes the full combat record of the SEAL Teams and details their organization, equipment, uniforms and insignia, as well as their famous operation to find Bin Laden.
Illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs and artworks, and with an authoritative text, The U.S. Navy SEALs: From Vietnam to Finding Bin Laden is a definitive history of one of America’s elite fighting units.
Posted March 18, 2013
I was really hoping to enjoy this book. I know that I found it in the bargain bin so I guess you do get what you pay for. I've read a number of books about the US military and I found this one to be the least informative. It's more like reading a promotional manual for the SEALS. It seems like the author had nothing negative to say about the SEALS and was constantly "gushing" about how wonderful they are. Obviously, the SEALS are an amazing, elite unit but this felt more like it was written by the Department of Defence (with very little substance) than by an author who should have been looking at his subject a bit more objectively.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.