The Operators: Inside the World's Special Forces

The Operators: Inside the World's Special Forces

by Mike Ryan


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The War on Terror and recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have required special forces to evolve in order to keep pace with a constantly shifting battlefield. The Operators is an extraordinary view into the rapidly developing technology, skills, and tactics of these elite, highly-trained forces. Soldier and journalist Mike Ryan uses his extensive military contacts and access to restricted information to profile the special forces of the United States and Great Britain, the French Foreign Legion, Germany's GSG 9, as well as specialist units from Canada, Spain, Japan, and more. Color photographs depict each unit, weapon, and tactic, and candid interviews with soldiers reveal inside information on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the fall of Saddam Hussein. With fascinating details of battles in the Middle East, the Balkans, Somalia, and Sierra Leone, Ryan has created the perfect modern history book from the point of view of those serving in the field.

About the Author:
Mike Ryan is an officer in the Territorial Army, Britain's equivalent of the U.S. Army Reserves, and has worked as a journalist covering recent conflicts in the Middle East

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007199372
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mike Ryan is the author of The Operators, about the world's special forces, as well as Baghdad or Bust and Special Operations in Iraq, two of the most reliable accounts of the Iraq War.

Table of Contents

Preface     6
Introduction: Special Forces Roles     8
Special Forces: Selection and Training     14
Politically Correct Warfare: The Balkans     30
Special Forces Tactics: Techniques and Procedures     38
Cave Operators: Operators in Afghanistan     48
Nintendo Operators: Action in Iraq     60
Airborne Operators: Hell from Above     86
Global Operators: Special Forces Worldwide     96
Modern Warfare: Future Operators     206
Conclusion: Final Words     219
Abbreviations     220
Index     222

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