From Army Rangers to Green Berets to the U.S. Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden, this book explains what makes Special Forces "special," covering the rich and varied history of elite formations in American military history and describing their recruitment, intense training, and equipment in depth.
From the militiamen who contributed to the demise of King Philip during America's colonial period centuries ago to the elite soldiers who face our most inveterate enemies and dangerous terrorist organizations today, Special Forces have played an intrinsic part of the U.S. military throughout history.
Most civilians have only a vague idea of what the U.S. Special Forces are all about—who they are, how they differ from our "normal" military forces, what they've accomplished throughout our history, and how they operate today. Fighting Elites: A History of U.S. Special Forces examines the rich and varied history of U.S. Special Forces, identifies their contributions to specific conflicts from colonial times forward, and highlights their present operational excellence.
In this first-ever reference guide to U.S. Special Forces, military historian John C. Fredriksen provides a carefully balanced presentation, describing all units in their own detailed section that discusses their origins, recruitment, training, tactics, and equipment, and defining military engagements, if known. The text also contains 20 biographical entries of noted personalities associated with special purpose activities.
• Initial chapters provide an overview of all American special purpose units
• A bibliography points to additional reading and sources of information
• 50 illustrations of famous leaders, uniforms, and troops in the field
• A highly detailed chronology of all known special forces activities
• Provides comprehensive historical coverage of all known special purpose units in American employ
• Organized chronologically and alphabetically for ease of access
• Presents extensive bibliographic coverage of all the latest literature