Units: U.S. Army Special Forces Books, Videos
LRRP Manhunt In The Jungle
by Kregg P J Jorgenson
This is the exciting true story of an ambushed U.S. Army Ranger
Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol in the jungles of Cambodia and
the dangerous rescue that followed. Jorgenson, who was part of the
15-man rescue force, captures the fear, pain and gut-level emotion
of what happened that day and what it took from those who were involved.
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|SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIONAL TECHNIQUES (FM 31-20)
a U.S. Army Manual
This is a reprint of the famous Army Field Manual 31-20. It covers
improvised weapons, intelligence, psychological ops, communications,
logistics, survival, infiltration, Special Forces field maneuvers,
demolition, raids and ambushes, amphibious air ops and more.
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|SPECIAL FORCES "A" CAMP MANUAL
a U.S. Army Manual
Now, more than ever, Special Forces is the frontline defense for
strategic U.S. military interests around the world. This official
U.S. Army manual fills in the gaps that exist in Special Forces
doctrine and teachings in the areas of planning, constructing and
maintaining an "A" Camp. It reflects the "real-world"
experience of notable Special Forces veterans on selecting sites,
emplacing weapons, maintaining communications, operating motor pools,
protecting perimeters, constructing camps, building power stations
and fuel bunkers, and much more.
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|U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN
by Charles H Briscoe, Richard L Kiper, James A Schroder, and Kalev
U.S. Army Special Operations in Afghanistan chronicles the "boots
on the ground" actions by U.S. Army Special Operations Command
(USASOC) from September 11, 2001, until May 15, 2002. What makes
this book so significant is that the history was captured as USASOC
troops (Green Berets, Rangers, PsyOps, SpecOps Aviation and Civil
Affairs) were fighting the war, providing an easily understood snapshot
of the war as it happened during those first critical months. The
authors include the mistakes, frustrations and failures of the war
along with the successes. Rather than an armchair historian's overall
strategic view 10 years later, it is an account of what individuals
and small teams did with bravery, skill and honor on a day-to-day
basis to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists,
and assist the Afghan people and begin the vital work of rebuilding
the infrastructure of Afghanistan.
Charles Briscoe is a retired airborne infantry and U.S. Army Special
Richard Kiper served in Special Forces, airborne and infantry units
stateside and overseas.
James Schroder served in military intelligence, Special Forces
and Special Operations aviation units.
Kalev Sepp served in Special Forces, airborne, Ranger, artillery
and armored cavalry units and on General Staffs in the United States
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A Photo Journey with SOG Special Ops Along the Ho Chi Minh
by Frank Greco
A combination memoir and combat photography book, Running Recon
reflects both the author's experiences in the top-secret Studies
and Observation Group (SOG) from April 1969 to April 1970 and the
collective experiences of SOG veterans in general. What sets it
apart from other Vietnam books is its wealth of more than 700 photographs,
many never before published, from the author's personal collection
and those of his fellow SOG veterans.
Frank Greco had these photos because after running recon with Command
and Control Central (CCC) for eight months, he was put in charge
of CCC's photo lab at Kontum. His duties included developing photos
taken by the teams on their cross-border missions and taking photos
on aerial reconnaissance missions. When a fire destroyed the lab
during his last days in Vietnam, he rescued hundreds of photos,
and when he returned to the States in 1970 he brought them home.
If he had not, they would have been destroyed by government order
in 1972 when SOG was disbanded, and an irreplaceable historic resource
would have been lost forever.
Through these photos, firsthand accounts by SOG veterans and now
declassified top-secret documents, Greco shows what it was like
to run highly classified, extremely dangerous cross-border recon
missions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail into Laos and Cambodia. Color
maps marked with operations and locations help readers follow the
action of the CCC recon teams and the larger Hatchet Forces. New
details and photos of SOG's best-known mission, Operation Tailwind,
are also included.
Running Recon is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in SOG,
the Vietnam War, special operations or military history in general
Frank Greco served in SOG from 1969–1970 in Command and Control
Central as part of Recon Team Colorado. He and his wife live in
a coastal community, where he pursues a number of different activities
and interests. This is his first book. For more information, check
out his web site.
8.5" x 11"
700+photos, color maps
|SPECIAL FORCES HANDBOOK
a U.S. Army Manual
From Vietnam and Laos to Central America and Africa, the U.S.
Army Special Forces has won renown for its expertise in guerrilla
warfare. Special Forces Handbook - a classic in the field - covers
guerrilla tactics and missions, demolition techniques such as
improvised incendiaries, air ops, weapons, communications, survival
skills and more.
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|SOG - A Photo History Of The Secret Wars
A Photo History Of The Secret Wars
by Major John L Plaster, USAR (Ret.)
When the top-secret Studies and Observations Group (SOG)was disbanded
in 1972, its thousands of photographs and negatives were ordered
burned. But some veterans had brought home personal copies of "official"
photos taken on operations, along with thousands of snapshots taken
by the men themselves. When Major Plaster, himself a three-tour
SOG veteran, began working on his history of SOG he contacted his
secret war comrades and uncovered this wealth of photos. The result
is the greatest special operations photo collection ever assembled.
Be one of the first to get your hands on more than 700 extremely
rare photographs of SOG recon teams in action behind enemy lines
in Cambodia, Laos and even North Vietnam. These irreplaceable photos
bring to life the stories of SOG legends Larry Thorne, Bob Howard,
Dick Meadows, George Sisler, "Q" and others, and documents
what really happened deep inside enemy territory: Operation Tailwind,
the Son Tay raid, SOG's defense of Khe Sanh, Hatchet Force operations,
Bright Light rescues, HALO insertions, string extractions, SOG's
darkest programs and much more.This powerful book is the companion
photo history to SOG: The Secret Wars of American's Commandos in
Vietnam and belongs on the bookshelf of every American.
Major John L. Plaster served three tours in the top-secret unconventional
warfare group, Studies and Observations Group, in Vietnam. As a
long-range reconnaissance leader, he led tiny intelligence-gathering
teams behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia before leaving SOG
in late 1971. He was decorated for heroism four times and retired
from the U.S. Army as a major.
Softcover 978-1-58160-597-6 496 pages 8.5"
x 11" photos, illust.
|ALL ROADS LEAD TO BAGHDAD
Army Special Operations Forces in Iraq
by Charles H Briscoe, et al
All Roads Lead to Baghdad was written in a clear and concise style,
free of military jargon, by U.S. Army Special Operations Command
(USASOC) historians to document the exploits and achievements of
individual Army special operations soldiers and units in their traditional
role of supporting the conventional force during Operation Iraqi
Freedom in 2003. It is the second in this USASOC series; the first
(Weapon of Choice: ARSOF in Afghanistan) chronicled the invasion
of Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001, and is also reprinted
by Paladin Press under the title U.S. Army Special Operations in
Afghanistan. This historic book details the planning and direction
provided by Gen. Tommy Franks to U.S. Special Operations Command
Central and on down the line to the two Combined Joint Special Operations
Task Forces (North and West), and a Naval task force - and then,
as in all campaigns, how the units and individual soldiers executed
their specific missions with courage and skill. To ensure accuracy
in their reporting, the authors received unparalleled access to
classified documents and personal accounts from soldiers on the
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maps, color photos, illust.
Stories from Vietnam and Over the Fence
by Joseph Parnar and Robert Dumont
In the years since the Vietnam War, the elite unit known as SOG
has spawned many myths, legends and war stories. But few of these
stories are told with the perspective and detailed recall of Special
Forces medic Joe Parnar.
Parnar served with SOG during 1968 in FOB2/CCC near the tri-border
area that gave them access to the forbidden areas of Laos and Cambodia.
During his tour with SOG he served as dispensary medic, chase medic,
Hatchet Force medic and as a recon team member. This variety of
roles gave him experience not only in combat but in dealing with
and treating the civilians and indigenous peoples of that area.
His candid stories capture the extraordinary commitment made by
all the men of SOG and reveal the special dedication of the tireless
medics, who put their own lives at risk to save the lives of their
Joe Parnar served in the U.S. Army Special Forces from August 1966
to April 1969. After military service he became involved with several
veterans' organizations. He is a 39-year member of the American
Legion and served as Commander of Gardner Post 129 in 1989 and 1990.
He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American
Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Special Forces and
Special Operations associations.
Robert Dumont works in the General Research Division of the New
York Public Library and is the author of two works of fiction, Borough
of Churches and NYC Transit[s].
Softcover 978-1-58160-645-4 164 pages 8.5"
x 11" photos, illust.
The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam
North America & Philippines Edition
by John L. Plaster; foreword by Gen. John Singlaub, Chief SOG, 1966-1968"
SOG was the most secret elite U.S. military unit to serve in the
war in Vietnam, so secret it was "black" – meaning
its very existence was carefully concealed, even denied by the government.
Innocuously code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG contained
only volunteers from such units as the Army Green Berets, USAF Air
Commandos and Navy SEALs, and answered directly to the Pentagon's
Joint Chiefs, with some missions requiring approval from the White
House. Inside Vietnam, only General William Westmoreland and a few
senior non-SOG officers were briefed on SOG activities. Now Major
John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran, vividly recounts the
SOG took on the most dangerous assignments, going behind enemy
lines to penetrate North Vietnamese military facilities in Laos
and Cambodia and along the heavily defended Ho Chi Minh Trail, where
only air support – and sometimes no support at all –
was available. As colorful as they were heroic, the men of
SOG were bound together by their dedication. Though few in number,
they were awarded ten Medals of Honor and hundreds of Purple Hearts.
Their ranks included the war's most highly decorated unit, as well
as the most highly decorated American soldier. Now their stories,
among the most extraordinary to come out of the Vietnam War, can
at at last be told.
This Paladin reprint contains an exclusive new foreword by General
John Singlaub, who served as Chief SOG from 1966 to 1968.
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