In 1976 Maj. James Capers Jr. welcomed new men and their families into a force reconnaissance company. 'Only the most capable Marines are selected for this duty due to rigid mental and physical demands. A very thorough screening of each applicant is conducted … to test alertness and endurance. The result is a small elite unit with highly qualified Marines who are considered the best in the world'. Ex-Marine Charles D Melson examines the history, equipment and insignia of the Marine's amphibious and ground long-range patrol reconnaissance specialists in this volume which contains a wealth of photographs and 12 full page colour plates by Paul Hannon.
Read an extract of Marine Recon 1940–90
Table of Contents
The Commander's Eyes & Ears · Organization & Operations: World War II · The Korean War · The Vietnam War · The 1970s & 1980s · The Gulf War · Uniforms & Accoutrements · The Plates