U.S. Army Special Warfare: Its Origins (Modern War Studies Series)

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Overview

"Based on research in formerly classified documents, Paddock examines the U.S. Army's activities in psychological and unconventional warfare during World War II, Korea, and the early Cold War to determine the impetus for, and origins of, the "special warfare" capability established at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He describes the key role played by Major General Robert A. McClure, the "father of Army special warfare," to convince often reluctant military and civilian leaders to rebuild psychological warfare forces dissipated after World War II and to create Special Forces - the Army's first formal organization to conduct guerrilla warfare. Paddock also clearly establishes the influence of concepts pioneered by the Office of Strategic Services on the original design of Special Forces." U.S. Army Special Warfare is an expanded revision of a work originally published in a limited edition by National Defense University Press and is regarded as a groundbreaking work by both military scholars and professionals. This revised edition draws on the newly available papers of Major General McClure and provides additional information on his role as Eisenhower's chief of psychological warfare in North Africa and Europe, his service as chief of information control in occupied Germany, and his assignment as chief of the New York Field Office of the Army's Civil Affairs Division. Paddock also includes new sections on American psychological warfare in the Pacific, the Army Rangers, the 1st Special Service Force, and American-led guerrillas in the Philippines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611775
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Revised Edition
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Psychological Warfare in World War II 3
3 Unconventional Warfare in World War II 21
4 The Early Cold War Years, Part I: Psychological Warfare 38
5 The Early Cold War Years, Part II: Unconventional Warfare 65
6 Korea and the Office of the Chief of Psychological Warfare 89
7 The Road to Fort Bragg 113
8 The Psychological Warfare Center and the Origins of Special Warfare 140
9 Summing Up 151
10 Epilogue: Army Special Warfare in Vietnam 155
Notes 165
Sources 207
Index 223
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