In the Combat Zone: Special Forces Since 1945 - Robin NeillandsLondon: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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Includes: Black & white photographs; List of abbreviations; Appendix;
From the cover: “In a world plagued by terrorism and small wars, interest in Special Forces has never been higher. Almost every country has a special force unit in their army. But what do they do, who do they recruit, and how do they train?
Robin Neillands, a military historian and a former Royal Marine Commando, tells for the first time the story of Special Forces since 1945, where possible in the words of the soldiers themselves. He describes the phases of expansion and contraction (near-extinction, at times) of Special Forces, their operational successes and failures, their changing role at the end of the twentieth century and the developments in military technology. He describes the exploits not just of legendary units like the SAS or the US ‘Green Berets’ but also special forces in a wider sense — the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Marine Commandos in Britain, the Navy SEALS, Force Recon, the Rangers and the LRRPs in the USA, as well as Israeli, Italian, German, French, Australian and other special force and anti-terrorist units.
From the intense cold of the Korean winter, the mountains of Cyprus or the Libyan night, to the jungle-heat of Vietnam and Malaya, from the hills of the Falklands to the intricate countryside of Northern Ireland, the words of the soldiers themselves tell us what it is really like. As Robin Neillands explains, A great many special force soldiers have helped me with this book, on the understanding that I told it straight, avoided bullshit and did not use their accounts to produce yet another ‘gung-ho heroes’ epic. That is what I have tried to do.”