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Special Operations in World War II - British and American Irregular Warfare (Hardcover) Loot Price: R997
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Special Operations in World War II - British and American Irregular Warfare (Hardcover): Andrew L. Hargreaves

Special Operations in World War II - British and American Irregular Warfare (Hardcover)

Andrew L. Hargreaves

Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series

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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.

General

Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series
Release date: November 2013
First published: October 2013
Authors: Andrew L. Hargreaves
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Paper over boards / With dust jacket
Pages: 432
ISBN-13: 978-0-8061-4396-5
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > Special & elite forces
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > Defence strategy, planning & research > General
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Battles & campaigns
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Second World War
LSN: 0-8061-4396-7
Barcode: 9780806143965

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