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American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Missionby John Wukovits
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Before the Green Berets...Before the Navy SEALs...Before the Army Rangers...There was the Long Patrol.
November 1942: in the hellish combat zone of Guadalcanal, one man would make history.
Lt. Col. Evans Carlson was considered a maverick by many of his comrades-and an outright traitor by others. He spent years observing guerrilla tactics all over the world, and knew that those tactics could be used effectively by the Marines.
Carlson and an elite fighting force-the 2nd Raider Battalion-embarked upon a thirty-day mission behind enemy lines where they disrupted Japanese supplies, inflicted a string of defeats on the enemy in open combat, and gathered invaluable intelligence on Japanese operations on Guadalcanal. And in the process they laid the foundation for every branch of Special Forces in the modern military.
Here, for the first time, is a riveting account of one man, one battalion, and one mission that would forever change the ways of warfare.
About the Author
John Wukovits is the author of One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa and Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island, as well as several military biographies and articles.
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