Ladd, James.


BCA ed., rep., 1979. 288 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills., maps, plans & diagrams. D.j., 25 x 18cm. Tiny nick to d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. This exciting story of Britain's Commandos and their comrades-in-arms the American Rangers shows in detail how they developed amphibious raiding techniques in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. The US Marine Corps Raider battalions' and other Special Forces' actions are also explained in their contribution to this unique form of warfare, with beach reconnaissances and sabotage raids leading to the formation of Commando and Ranger forces to spearhead invasions. The author takes the reader through a variety of battles; Norway, St. Nazaire, Dieppe, Guadalcanal, D-Day in Normandy, Burma, northern Europe and the Philippines. The many diagrams and photographs explain the difficulties of terrain and enemy defences overcome by these troops. The book teaches about the Commandos' and Rangers' aims, training, operations, methods, weapons and special equipment, but primarily it is about their successes and limitations.

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