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Special Operations, Irregular Warfare, and Operational Art - A Theory of Special Operations (Paperback): Penny Hill Press Inc Special Operations, Irregular Warfare, and Operational Art - A Theory of Special Operations (Paperback)
Penny Hill Press Inc; United States Army Command and General S
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Delta Force - The Elite US Special Forces Unit (Paperback): Eric Adams, John Winters Delta Force - The Elite US Special Forces Unit (Paperback)
Eric Adams, John Winters
R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Special Forces - Tales of Heroism from Around the World (Paperback): Steve Stone Special Forces - Tales of Heroism from Around the World (Paperback)
Steve Stone
R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Powerful Peace - A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War (Paperback): J Robert Dubois Powerful Peace - A Navy SEAL's Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War (Paperback)
J Robert Dubois
R353 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Powerful Peace, J. Robert DuBois takes on a crucial, unprecedented mission for a U.S. Navy SEAL: the relentless pursuit of interpersonal and international peacemaking. With gut wrenching candor and surprising moments of comedy, he narrates a personal journey through decades of conflict, its often-absurd origins, its ever-present innocent victims, and its potential solutions. Most importantly, Robert delivers practical recommendations for private citizens and policy makers alike. He offers rare context for students of international relations, community leaders, and soldiers bound for unfamiliar lands.

Powerful Peace is the unvarnished ground truth on face-to-face engagements worldwide. Robert DuBois demonstrates that prevention of hostile intent is far more necessary to genuine security than the race for tactical or technological superiority. Whether countering Soviets, terrorists, insurgents or improvised explosive devices, he observes and reports on the fundamental similarities behind hatreds. Ignorance and misunderstanding poison human potential. Dignity and respect are powerful antidotes.

Powerful Peace is the fascinating story of human beings--in war and peace and school and work and play--learning to better understand others to avoid unnecessary conflict and enrich the world. Seasoned by professional experience in more than thirty countries, Robert has plainly "been there, done that..".yet his insightful conclusions on fighting may surprise you.

Practical Guerrilla Warfare (Paperback): R., J. Godlewski Practical Guerrilla Warfare (Paperback)
R., J. Godlewski
R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
ISIS Dawn - Special Forces War in Syria & Iraq (Paperback): Steve Stone ISIS Dawn - Special Forces War in Syria & Iraq (Paperback)
Steve Stone
R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Level Zero Heroes - The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan (Paperback): Michael Golembesky Level Zero Heroes - The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan (Paperback)
Michael Golembesky
R413 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R22 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In New York Times bestseller Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of US. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban's grip on the Valley. What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop gone wrong. In that moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban's stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies. From close quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan Winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Readers will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position. A moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side by side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action packed and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.

Black Ops (Paperback): Steve Stone Black Ops (Paperback)
Steve Stone
R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Afghan Heat - SAS Operations in Afghanistan (Paperback): Steve Stone Afghan Heat - SAS Operations in Afghanistan (Paperback)
Steve Stone
R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Special Operations Forces - Background & Issues for the U.S. Military's Elite Units (Hardcover, New): Adrian Bessette Special Operations Forces - Background & Issues for the U.S. Military's Elite Units (Hardcover, New)
Adrian Bessette
R6,345 Discovery Miles 63 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book looks at the Special Operations Forces (SOF), which are small, elite military units with special training and equipment that can infiltrate into hostile territory through land, sea, or air to conduct a variety of operations, many of them classified. SOF personnel undergo rigorous selection and lengthy specialised training. The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)oversees the training, doctrine, and equipping of all U.S. SOF units. USSOCOM has about 54,000 Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel from all four Services and Department of Defense (DOD) civilians assigned to its headquarters, its four components, and one sub-unified command. Special Operations Forces (SOF) also play a significant role in U.S. military operations and the Administration has given U.S. SOF greater responsibility for planning and conducting world-wide counter-terrorism operations. The merits of cross-border raids and possible equipment and logistical support shortfalls, which are potential policy issues for congressional consideration, are examined in this book as well. This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.

The Secret War Dhofar 1971-1972 (Paperback): David C. Arkless The Secret War Dhofar 1971-1972 (Paperback)
David C. Arkless
R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Warrior's Path - Lessons In Leadership (Paperback): Robert a Trivino A Warrior's Path - Lessons In Leadership (Paperback)
Robert a Trivino
R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Secret SAS Missions in Africa - C Squadrons Counter-Terrorist Operations 1968 1980 (Hardcover): Graham Michael Secret SAS Missions in Africa - C Squadrons Counter-Terrorist Operations 1968 1980 (Hardcover)
Graham Michael
R577 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R93 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fascinating book is the first to cover the little known C Squadron of the Special Air Service. Operating in Africa, the Squadron was involved in almost continuous counter communist terrorist operations over the period 1968 to 1980. In the unstable final stages of British colonial and white rule, the Squadron was never short of action. African nationalist movements, backed by Russia s and China s direct and indirect support posed a constant and deadly threat to the existing regimes. Small highly trained detachments of the SAS with highly developed bush warfare skills proved devastatingly effective and achieved results out of all proportion to their size. Often their enemies believed that they were facing rival factions and turned on each other. The inevitable involvement of African wildlife adds an extra dimension of excitement Written by a seasoned former senior member of C Squadron, Secret **SAS Missions in Africa** paints a graphic and thrilling account of their covert operations and the colourful characters that undertook them.

The Deadliest Sniper (Paperback): Robert Corrigan The Deadliest Sniper (Paperback)
Robert Corrigan
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Forever Forward - K-9 Operations in Vietnam (Hardcover): Mike Lemish Forever Forward - K-9 Operations in Vietnam (Hardcover)
Mike Lemish
R765 R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Forever Forward" is the first in-depth account of K-9 Operations during the Vietnam War, and provides a behind the scenes look at how Allied forces employed dog teams in a variety of roles, the evolution of the United States military working dog program, and the aftermath of Vietnam. The 4,000 dogs that served with our men in Vietnam in every service branch are America's unsung heroes. American dog teams averted over 10,000 casualties and worked as scouts, sentries, trackers, mine, and tunnel detectors. They were so effective the Viet Cong even placed a bounty on them. Heroes yes, but our own government left most of them behind to an unknown fate.

Special Operations Prep Guide (Paperback): Cole Tucker Special Operations Prep Guide (Paperback)
Cole Tucker
R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Never Quit - From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops Pj (Paperback): Don Rearden,... Never Quit - From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops Pj (Paperback)
Don Rearden, Jimmy Settle, Jimmy Settle With Don Rearden
R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"That Others May Live" is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska's 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALS in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are the least known and most highly trained of America's warriors. Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero. After being shot in the head during a dangerous high mountain operation in the rugged Watapur Valley in Afghanistan, Jimmy returns to battle with his teammates for a heroic rescue, the bullet fragments stitched over and still in his skull. In a cross between a suicide rescue mission and an against-all-odds mountain battle, his team of PJs risk their lives again in an epic firefight. When his helicopter is hit and begins leaking fuel, Jimmy finds himself in the worst possible position as a rescue specialist - forced to leave members from his own team behind. Jimmy will have to risk everything to get back into the battle and bring back his brothers. From death-defying Alaskan wilderness training, wild rescues, and vicious battles against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, this is an explosive special operations memoir unlike any that has come before, and the true story of a man from humble beginnings who became an American hero.

The Mammoth Book of Special Forces Training (Paperback): Jon E. Lewis The Mammoth Book of Special Forces Training (Paperback)
Jon E. Lewis
R519 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R71 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What does it take, both physically and mentally, to join the world's most respected--and feared--military units? Lewis looks at the origins, training, tactics, weapons, and achievements of regiments such as Britain's SAS and Paratroopers, the US Navy SEALS, Delta Force, Army Rangers and Green Berets, Russia's Spetsnaz, and the Israeli Special Forces, as well as the codes that bind their members together. He looks at training in everything from wilderness survival to hand-to-hand combat.

The Mammoth Book Of Special Forces Training - Physical and Mental Secrets of Elite Military Units (Paperback): Jon E. Lewis The Mammoth Book Of Special Forces Training - Physical and Mental Secrets of Elite Military Units (Paperback)
Jon E. Lewis 1
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this encyclopedic book, Lewis provides insights into the origins, training, tactics, weapons and achievements of special forces and special mission units throughout the world, focusing particularly on US and UK forces. He also looks at the codes that that bind the members of these elite units together. He reveals training secrets in everything from wilderness survival to hand-to-hand combat. In doing so, he draws extensively on biographies, autobiographies, training manuals, interviews and press coverage of key operations. The elite forces covered include: The British Army's Special Air Service (SAS), established in 1950, which has served as a model for the special forces of many countries. Its counter-terrorist wing famously took part in the hostage rescue during the siege of the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980. The Parachute Regiment, the airborne infantry element of 16 Air Assault Brigade, which spearheads the British Army's rapid intervention capability. It is closely linked to United Kingdom Special Forces. The US Navy's SEALS (Sea, Air, Land Teams), trained to conduct special operations in any environment, but uniquely specialised and equipped to operate from and in the sea. Together with speedboat-operating Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, they form the operational arm of the Naval Special Warfare community, the Navy component of the US Special Operations Command. Their special operations include: neutralizing enemy forces; reconnaissance; counter-terrorism (famously in the killing of Osama bin Laden); and training allies. The US Army's Delta Force: The Special Mission Unit, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), known simply as Delta Force, the Army component of Joint Special Operations Command. Its role is counter-terrorism, direct action and national intervention operations, though it has the capability to conduct many different kinds of clandestine missions, including hostage rescues and raids. The US Army Rangers, a light infantry combat formation under the US Army Special Operation Command. The Green Berets - motto: 'to free the oppressed' - trained in languages, culture, diplomacy, psychological warfare and disinformation. Russia's Spetsnaz, whose crack anti-terrorist commandos ended the Moscow theatre siege, and who have a reputation for being among the world's toughest and most ruthless soldiers. Spetsnaz units saw extensive action in Afghanistan and Chechnya, often operating far behind enemy lines. Israeli Special Forces, especially Shayetet 13 (Flotilla 13), whose motto, in common with the rest of the Israeli military, is 'Never again', a reference to the Holocaust. They are particularly adept at the specifically Israeli martial art Krav Maga, which they dub 'Jew-jitsu'.

US Marine Rifleman in Vietnam, 1965-73 (Paperback): Charles D. Melson US Marine Rifleman in Vietnam, 1965-73 (Paperback)
Charles D. Melson; Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro
R419 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R26 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume provides an in-depth look at the experience of the ordinary US marine 'grunt' in Vietnam. Organisation of the corps, weaponry, equipment, uniforms, training and medical arrangements are all discussed. However, where this book differs from other similar works is not only in the detail that it goes into but also in the unifying theme of examining all these differing aspects of marine life from the point of view of a soldier serving in the conflict. The author, Charles Melson, actually served in the Vietnam War (1955-1975), and it is this personal experience that allows him to provide such a unique angle on the subject.

Special Operations Forces and the Military Working Dog (Paperback): United States Army Command and General S Special Operations Forces and the Military Working Dog (Paperback)
United States Army Command and General S
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Odyssey Years - A Novel View of the Vietnam Experience (Paperback): Mike Konz The Odyssey Years - A Novel View of the Vietnam Experience (Paperback)
Mike Konz
R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

CAUTION This irreverent look at the Vietnam War will challenge the main stream orthodoxy as to what the war was or was not. Similar to Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, this tale of adventure depicts what many warriors thought, did and experienced before, during andafter their duration in Vietnam.

Shinobi Hiden (Paperback): Antony Cummins Shinobi Hiden (Paperback)
Antony Cummins
R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Grossdeutschland Regiment 1921-1945 (Paperback): Atenas Editores Asociados Grossdeutschland Regiment 1921-1945 (Paperback)
Atenas Editores Asociados; Gustavo Uruena a
R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" in World War II: II./JG 3 in Action with the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Hardcover): Jochen Prien Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet" in World War II: II./JG 3 in Action with the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Hardcover)
Jochen Prien
R1,804 R1,375 Discovery Miles 13 750 Save R429 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jochen Prien, author of the definitive Messerschmitt Bf 109 F/G/K Series, and the extensive three volume study of JG 53, presents JG 3 in its complete history from formation to the end of World War II. This second volume presents the unit history of the "Udet" Geschwader's second Gruppe, II./JG 3, beginning with its formation in 1938 and the subsequent service of the newly formed Gruppe in the Campaign in the West from 1940-1941. Next the Gruppe's 1941 tour of duty in Russia is dealt with, followed by a short spell in the Mediterranean theatre of war, where II./JG 3 was involved in the fighting over Malta in the spring of 1942. In June 1942, the Gruppe was again shifted to the east where it took part in the advance on Stalingrad where it suffered serious losses. 1943 saw the Gruppe still in Russia until it was recalled to the Reich to see further service in the defence of Germany between August 1943 and early June 1944. After its return to the Reich and a short period of rest and re-equiping, II./JG 3 was again called upon for service in the Reichsverteidigung, this coming to an abrupt end when in November 1944 the Gruppe was separated from its parent Geschwader in order to re-equip with the new Me 262 jet fighter and become part of the first jet fighter Geschwader of the Luftwaffe, JG 7. Vol. II then takes up the history of the newly formed II./JG 3, a former bomber unit that was transformed into a fighter Gruppe at the end of 1944; this new Gruppe came too late to see significant service against the Western Allies but was transferred to the east at the beginning of 1945 in order to counter the massive Soviet offensive that overran the eastern parts of the Reich since mid-January 1945. Hopelessly outnumbered, its operations being curtailed now by a lack of fuel, the new II./JG 3 struggled on until the collapse of the Reich.

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