In October 2001, the most militarily advanced nation on Earth came into conflict with one of its least developed nations as American forces poured into Afghanistan. The tip of the spear, the sharpest of the attacks, were drawn from the U.S. Special Forces community, and largely from the units of the United States Army Special Forcesthe famous Green Beretswho, together with the Special Activities Division and the Afghan Northern Alliance, overthrew the Taliban in a lightning campaign that redefined modern warfare.
This new study reveals the grueling Green Beret training and preparation, the specialized equipment they used in the field, and traces their deployment throughout the campaign: from the first arrival of forces to the fall of Kabul and Kandahar; from the Taliban uprising at the notorious Fort of Warin Mazar-e-Sharif to the clearance of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda in the Shah-i-Kot Valley.
About the Author
Leigh Neville is an Australian national currently living and working in Sydney. He has traveled and worked internationallybased in Europe for ten yearsand now works for a large American consultancy and is completing a master's program in international studies. This is his second book for Osprey, a companion to his Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan (Elite 163).
Table of Contents
Introduction; the Green Berets Becoming a Modern Green Beret; SFQC and Robin Sage Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan Infiltration; October 2001 First Blood; November 2001 Turning the Tide; December 2001 Tora Bora and Anaconda A Squandered Opportunity? Bibliography Index