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Vice Adm. William H. McRaven helped to devise the strategy for how to bring down Osama bin Laden, and commanded the courageous U.S. military unit that carried it out on May 1, 2011, ending one of the greatest manhunts in history. In Spec Ops, a well-organized and deeply researched study, McRaven analyzes eight classic special operations. Six are from WWII: the German commando raid on the Belgian fort Eben Emael (1940); the Italian torpedo attack on the Alexandria harbor (1941); the British commando raid on Nazaire, France (1942); the German glider rescue of Benito Mussolini (1943); the British midget-submarine attack on the Tirpitz (1943); and the U.S. Ranger rescue mission at the Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines (1945). The two post-WWII examples are the U.S. Army raid on the Son Tay POW camp in North Vietnam (1970) and the Israeli rescue of the skyjacked hostages in Entebbe, Uganda (1976). McRaven—who commands a U.S. Navy SEAL team—pinpoints six essential principles of “spec ops” success: simplicity, security, repetition, surprise, speed and purpose. For each of the case studies, he provides political and military context, a meticulous reconstruction of the mission itself and an analysis of the operation in relation to his six principles. McRaven deems the Son Tay raid “the best modern example of a successful spec op [which] should be considered textbook material for future missions.” His own book is an instructive textbook that will be closely studied by students of the military arts. Maps, photos.

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Bill McRaven, commander of a team of SEALs, the Navy's elite special operations force, is an expert on the subject of special operations. "In this well-organized and deeply researched study, McRaven pinpoints six essential principles of 'spec ops' success: simplicity, security, repetition, surprise, speed, and purpose".--Publishers Weekly. Photos. Notes. Index. Maps & graphs.

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ISBN:
9780891416005
Subtitle:
Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice
Author:
McRaven, William H.
Author:
McRaven, William H.
Publisher:
Presidio Press
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
Case studies
Subject:
Special operations (Military science)
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19960601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in 0.875 lb

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