BCA ed., 1992. 192 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 19cm. FINE. This is an authoritative account of how the world's most deadly military units are created and kept in a state of high readiness. It lists the combat experience of units such as the US Marine Corps and their epic battles at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Khe Sanh and in Kuwait; of the Arab-Israeli wars; of the secretive Soviet spetsnaz forces and their insurgency war against the Afghan Mujahedeen; of the British Paras and many more. The book shows how the arduous training of such units as the SAS, Green Berets and SEALs ensures that only the best recruits get through; and how formations such as the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions are organised to deploy at a moment's notice to any trouble spot in the world.