Special Operations In World War II

Special Operations in World War II
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
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Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780806151250
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British and American commanders first used modern special forces in support of conventional military operations during World War II. Since then, although special ops have featured prominently in popular culture and media coverage of wars, the academic study of irregular warfare has remained as elusive as the practitioners of special operations themselves. This book is the first comprehensive study of the development, application, and value of Anglo-American commando and special forces units during the Second World War. Special forces are intensively trained, specially selected military units performing unconventional and often high-risk missions. In this book, Andrew L. Hargreaves not only describes tactics and operations but also outlines the distinctions between commandos and special forces, traces their evolution during the war, explains how the Anglo-American alliance functioned in the creation and use of these units, looks at their command and control arrangements, evaluates their impact, and assesses their cost-effectiveness. The first real impetus for the creation of British specialist formations came in the desperate summer of 1940 when, having been pushed out of Europe following defeat in France and the Low Countries, Britain began to turn to irregular forces in an effort to wrest back the strategic initiative from the enemy. The development of special forces by the United States was also a direct consequence of defeat. After Pearl Harbor, Hargreaves shows, the Americans found themselves in much the same position as Britain had been in 1940: shocked, outnumbered, and conventionally defeated, they were unable to come to grips with the enemy on a large scale. By the end of the war, a variety of these units had overcome a multitude of evolutionary hurdles and made valuable contributions to practically every theater of operation. In describing how Britain and the United States worked independently and cooperatively to invent and put into practice a fundamentally new way of waging war, this book demonstrates the two nations’ flexibility, adaptability, and ability to innovate during World War II.

Special Operations in World War II
  • Author : Andrew L. Hargreaves
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-28

British and American commanders first used modern special forces in support of conventional military operations during World War II. Since then, although special ops have featured prominently in popular culture and media coverage of wars, the academic study of irregular warfare has remained as elusive as the practitioners of special

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Special Operations and Strategy
  • Author : James D. Kiras
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2006-07-29

James D. Kiras shows how a number of different special operations, in conjunction with more conventional military actions, achieve and sustain strategic effect(s) over time. In particular, he argues that the root of effective special operations lies in understanding the relationship existing between moral and material attrition at the

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The Atlas of Special Operations of World War II
  • Author : Alex Swanston
  • Publisher : Skyhorse
  • Release Date : 2015-01-27

As author Alex Swanston explains in his introduction, “World War II was a truly global conflict, involving almost all nations in the struggle to stop the spread of totalitarianism. This meant that battles were fought in all climates and on all sorts of terrain. . . . Technology had also progressed, meaning that

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U S  Army Special Operations in World War II  Paperback format only
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Government Printing Office
  • Release Date : 2021-05-17

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Special Operations in Norway
  • Author : Ian Herrington
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-04-04

Between 1940 and 1945, Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) carried out sabotage and organised resistance across occupied Europe. Over 5 years, SOE sent over 500 agents into Norway to carry out a range of operations from sabotage and assassination to attempts to organise an underground guerrilla army. This book is the first multi-archival, international

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Behind the Lines
  • Author : Michael F. Dilley
  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Release Date : 2013-09-30

The array of new technologies that came on the scene in the early 20th century resulted in widely varied new forms of military special operations once civilization embarked on its greatest war. Suddenly, fighting men could be delivered by parachute, submarine, glider, jeeps, and fast amphibious craft deep into enemy

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Air Commandos Against Japan
  • Author : William T. Y'Blood
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Release Date : 2014-02-15

In 1943 the U.S. Army Air Forces created what would become the Air Commandos, a unit that marked a milestone in tactical operations in support of British ground forces invading Burma. William T. Y'Blood tells the story of how these daring American aviators trained and went into combat using unconventional

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U S  Army Rangers   Special Forces of World War II
  • Author : Robert Todd Ross
  • Publisher : Schiffer Military History Book
  • Release Date : 2002

U.S. Army Rangers & Special Forces of World War II tells the story of the U.S. Army's elite Rangers and special forces largely through pictures. Never before has such an expansive view of World War II been offered in one volume. Furthermore, an extensive search of public and private

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The Atlas of Special Operations of World War Two
  • Author : Alexander Swanston
  • Publisher : Pen & Sword Books
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01

Without doubt Boeing Flying Fortress B-17F 41-42285 Memphis Belle and her crew generate an image that is an all-American icon. Indeed, it has been claimed that the Memphis Belle is in the top five of the most famous American aircraft of all time. In September, 1942, a new Flying Fortress

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German Special Forces of World War II
  • Author : Gordon Williamson
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-06-20

A fascinating and long overdue study of the troops that made up Germany's elite special forces of World War II. Such forces included the legenday Skorzeny Commandos who carried out audacious tasks such as the glider-borne rescue of Mussolini, and the kidnapping of the son of the Hungarian regent, Admiral

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Special Operations Executive
  • Author : Mark Seaman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11

This unique book presents an accurate and reliable assessment of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). It brings together leading authors to examine the organization from a range of key angles. This study shows how historians have built on the first international conference on the SOE at the Imperial War Museum

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The Special Operations Executive in Malaya
  • Author : Rebecca Kenneison
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-05-30

During World War II, agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) infiltrated Japanese-occupied Malaya. There they worked with Malayan guerrilla groups, including the communist-sponsored Malayan Peoples Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), regarded as the precursor of the communist insurgent army of the Malayan Emergency. This book traces the development of SOE's Malayan

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Kommando
  • Author : James Lucas
  • Publisher : Frontline Books
  • Release Date : 2014-02-24

This gripping book tells the remarkable story of Germany's special forces military, naval and aerial during the Second World War. Although capable of stunning achievements against all the odds, the absence of proper coordination and planning resulted in a lost opportunity for Germany. Units were raised ad hoc, as an

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Behind the Lines
  • Author : Russell Miller
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2014-07-08

This is the story of special operations in the second world war as it has never been told before--directly by those who took part. Compiled by Russell Miller from interviews, diaries, letters and contemporaneous first-person accounts--many unpublished until now--the oral history in Behind the Lines follows the adventures of the

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Rogue Heroes
  • Author : Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04

The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends -- the untold story of one of WWII's most important secret military units. Ben Macintyre's latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War

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