Warrior Elite: 31 Heroic Special-Ops Missions from the Raid on Son Tay to the Killing of Osama bin Laden

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THE ULTIMATE WARRIORS

Highly trained and equipped to kill, special-ops forces take on the world?s most dangerous and courageous missions. Warrior Elite zeroes in on the most lethal special- ops encounters of all time.

? RAID AT SON TAY
Helicopter gunships drop 100 Green Berets into North Vietnamese jungle on a virtual suicide mission to rescue POWs

? MAERSK ALABAMA
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Warrior Elite: 31 Heroic Special-Ops Missions from the Raid on Son Tay to the Killing of Osama bin Laden

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Overview


THE ULTIMATE WARRIORS

Highly trained and equipped to kill, special-ops forces take on the world’s most dangerous and courageous missions. Warrior Elite zeroes in on the most lethal special- ops encounters of all time.

• RAID AT SON TAY
Helicopter gunships drop 100 Green Berets into North Vietnamese jungle on a virtual suicide mission to rescue POWs

• MAERSK ALABAMA
Perfect planning and precise execution come together as Navy SEALs fire the greatest simultaneous sniper shots ever

• BATTLE OF TORA BORA
In the pitch-black labyrinthine caves of Afghanistan, Special Forces dispatch Taliban insurgents in a video game–like scenario of infrared warfare

• KILLING OF BIN LADEN
With the plan up in smoke as a Black Hawk goes down, SEAL Team 6 deftly adjusts on the fly—getting in and eliminating the target in just 7 minutes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569759301
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,354,362
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author


Nigel Cawthorne is the author of Serial Killers and Mass Murderers, as well as numerous other books. His writing has appeared in more than 150 newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, Sun, Flatbush Life, and The New York Tribune. He lives in London, UK.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Raid on Son Tay 11

2 Special Operations at Sea 21

3 The Munich Olympics 36

4 The Mayaguez Incident 44

5 Raid on Entebbe 52

6 Operation Eagle Claw 60

7 Iranian Embassy Siege, London 66

8 MIA Rescue Mission 71

9 The FalklandsWar 84

10 Operation Urgent Fury 95

11 Achille Lauro 100

12 Operation Just Cause 106

13 Somalia 111

14 Desert Shield and Desert Storm 115

15 Black Hawk Down 139

16 Battle of Qala-i-Jangi 157

17 Battle ofTora Bora 187

18 Operation Anaconda 196

19 Operation Iraqi Freedom 210

20 Battle of Debecka Pass 230

21 Pack of Cards 238

22 Rescue of Jessica Lynch 250

23 Capture of Saddam Hussein 254

24 Hostage Rescue Iraq 259

25 Operation Redwing 267

26 Task Force 88 276

27 Decapitating the Taliban and al-Qaeda 284

28 Rescue from Somali Pirates 291

29 Operation Celestial Balance 295

30 Haiti Earthquake 299

31 Killing of Osama bin Laden 305

Glossary 315

About the Author 320

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Don't buy this book!

    The first clue should have been that there is no bibliography, or record of interviews, or footnotes in this book. Cawthorne (the author) cites exactly no sources for what he wrote. In many cases in the book Cawthorne gets the facts completely wrong. I'm not familiar with all of the 30 different events written about in the book. However, I've read extensively on some of them, and have talked with people that were actually there for some of these events. That leads me to wonder how much of the rest of the book is accurate. Here are some of the most glaring examples: Operation Anaconda Pg 202. Cawthorne states that the US withdrew its forces from the Shah-i-kot valley less than 24 hours after entering the valley while suffering 28 killed in action. In contrast "Not A Good Day To Die" (the definitive account of Operation Anaconda) pg 297 lists no KIA after the first day of battle. US forces were in the valley fighting from 2 Mar 02 until at least 12 Mar 02 and suffered no more than 8 KIA, 7 of which were on Takur Ghar. Pg 203. Cawthorne gets just about every element of the battle on top of Takur Ghar wrong. He states that both MAKO 21 and 30 were ordered to Takur Ghar. That is incorrect, only MAKO 30 was sent to Takur Ghar. He writes that Roberts wasn't a member of MAKO 30, and that a separate MH-47 landed MAKO 30 on Takur Ghar. MAKO 30, of which Roberts was a member of, was all on the first MH-47. Incorrect in that LCDR Hyder was the commander of the Ranger QRF. Reality, LCDR Hyder was with the 2 MAKO SEAL teams. Also Cawthorne states that the remainder of the Ranger QRF along with LCDR Hyder arrived on the top to Takur Ghar 15 minutes after the first chalk was shot down. It actually took around 4 hours 30 minutes, and Hyder never made it to the top of the mountain. Incorrect in that MAKO 30 was rescued off the peak of Takur Ghar. Reality, MAKO 30 was rescued far from the peak in a draw. Operation Iraqi Freedom Pg 222. Cawthorne claims that the British SBS lost a FIM-92 that was used by insurgents to shoot down a USAF F-16. There are no other reliable sources that can substantiate this. Operation Red Wing Pg 274. Cawthorne makes no mention of the large ground element that was involved with the rescue of Luttrell. Also, according to Luttrell the helo landed in a harvested field. According to Cawthorne the helo landed on a cliff ledge. I'm going to go with Luttrell on this. I could go on, but I think you get the point. Overall I got the impression that Cawthorne gained his material from reading second and third hand accounts. In many cases is his narrative of events condenses critical moments into one or two sentences. This leads even more credibility that he has done no real research to write this book. The final insult is in many instance improper nomenclature is used for military equipment again giving the impression that Cawthorne doesn't know what he is talking about. I had hoped that this book would be a good overview of these different operations. Instead I got a series of poorly researched magazine articles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Some wrong information but good

    There was some wrong information especially involving operation redwing

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Terrific book!

    For those of us w/o a security clearance, it helps place current events in context!

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    Posted October 11, 2011

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