Special Forces

British Special Forces in WWII

The LRP/LRDG was created by Major Ralph A. Bagnold, a British Army Officer who spent the better part of a decade exploring the Libyan Desert before the outbreak of

hostilities in World War II. Based on his experiences as a peacetime explorer, Bagnold

envisioned the need for the British Army to deploy a motorized reconnaissance force, to

patrol the Libyan Desert in any future conflict that took place in the Middle East. In

many respects, Bagnold’s plan revitalized a concept that was effectively used in World

War I, when the British Light Car Patrols protected the Egyptian frontier from the

Turkish and German backed Senussi in the Western Desert.

REVIEW: Special Forces Berlin- Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990

An excellent history of “Det A”. A Special Forces unit with about 100 personnel stationed in Berlin which at that time was in the middle of East Germany! This unit and its personnel were considered legend over the years in the Special Forces community in the US and Europe. Shortly after World War II and …

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REVIEW: Raiders from New France North American Forest Warfare Tactics, 17th–18th Centuries

Elite Series 229 Each book in the Elite series focuses on a single army or elite unit, military tactics or a group of famous commanders. Military uniforms, insignia and equipment are shown in full color artwork. Elite Books cover the full spectrum of military history, examining the greatest armies, units and commanders of the ancient, …

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REVIEW: Storming Monte La Difensa – The First Special Service Force at the Winter Line 1943

Osprey Publishing, Raid Series of Books, Raid 48. Author – Bret Werner. Illustrator- Peter Dennis Bret’s book details the history and most famous battle of the First Special Service Force at Monte La Difensa in Italy during WWII. A legendary raid the cemented 1st Special Forces in legend and history. Formed in the early stages …

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Joys of War From The Foreign Legion and the SAS

REVIEW: Joys of War – From the Foreign Legion, the SAS and into hell with PTSD

Book Review of Joys of War – From the French Foreign Legion, the SAS and into hell with PTSD by John-Paul Jordan, Pen and Sword Books. A striking reminder that all the warrior’s kills, destruction, battle, wars, narrows escapes from death have an end result on the body as well as the mind. This book …

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Skorzeny with the liberated Mussolini on 12 September 194. (Credits: Bundesarchiv - 101I-567-1503C-15 - Toni Schneiders)

Otto Skorzeny’s Rescue of Mussolini – 12 September 1943

On the morning of July 25, 1943, King Victor Emmanuel who had backed Benito Mussolini ever since his March on Rome in 1922 told Il Duce, “The game is over, Mussolini . . . you’ll have to go.” Upon leaving the king’s villa, a carabinieri captain arrested Mussolini who took him to a secret location in Rome “for …

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