About the Author
Michael Welply was born in London in 1948 and moved to Winnipeg, Canada in 1950. In 1981 he moved with his family to central France, where he still lives. Having studied art first in Winnipeg and then in Paris, Michael began his illustrating career in 1977 and has worked for many publishers in Europe and the United States. He has illustrated over 50 books, ranging from historical work to fantasy and fairy tales.
Mir Bahmanyar served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He was on the Board of Directors of
the 75th Ranger Regiment Association and created SuaSponte.com – A History of American
Rangers. Mir has authored nine non-fiction books. Some are on the reading lists of:
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces
The Command and General Staff College Deputy Commandant's Deploying Officer
The U.S. Joint Forces Command's Pre-Deployment Afghanistan
Mir was interviewed by the National Review. He co-wrote and produced the awardwinning
motion picture Soldier of God. He was a German language coach and military technical
advisor to George Clooney in the motion picture The Good German. Mir was invited to speak at
the Malaga Film Commission's annual Cine y Turismo (Cinema and Tourism) seminar featuring
filmmakers and business leaders from around the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction · Chronology · Volunteering · Basic and Airborne training · Ranger Indoctrination Program · Ranger Battalion training · Ranger School · Specialty Schools · Appearance and equipment · Experience of battle · Fighting in the jungle: Grenada and Panama · Fighting in the desert: Iraq · Fighting in built-up areas: Somalia · Mountain warfare: Afghanistan · Colour plate commentary · Museums · Collecting · Re-enactment · Glossary · Index