Raid

Raids carried out by small units, special forces and counter-terrorist operatives are a military quandary. They can be astoundingly successful, defying the odds as a small number of soldiers operating in difficult environments are able to exact a massive tactical victory, sometimes capable of changing the course of a war. Or the raiders can find themselves isolated, surrounded by a superior enemy force and with no chance of escape, their mission a colossal failure.

Raid is the new series from Osprey Publishing, which looks at both sides of these engrossing stories. Its unique approach will give the reader a detailed analysis of each raid, describing the background, the initial strategy, how the action played out, and an assessment of its success. Bringing each of these epic engagements to life, Raid uncovers some incredible tales of heroism and military skill, discussing what went right, what went wrong and revealing the men behind these bold actions.

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  1. U-47 in Scapa Flow

    RAID 33 Multiple formats
    At the outset of World War II, Scapa Flow was supposed to be the safe home base of the British Navy - nothing could penetrate the defences of this bastion. So how, in the dead of night, was Gunther Prien's...

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  2. Stirling’s Desert Triumph

    RAID 49 Multiple formats
    The night of July 26, 1942 saw one of the most audacious raids of World War II, just as the outcome of that conflict hung in the balance. In North Africa, a convoy of 18 Allied jeeps carrying Special Air...

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  3. Storming Monte La Difensa

    RAID 48 Multiple formats
    In December 1943 Monte La Difensa was part of the formidable German defences overlooking the Allies' planned route to Rome via Monte Cassino. In the First Special Service Force's first combat...

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  4. Behind Soviet Lines

    RAID 47 Multiple formats
    In the summer of 1942, following the invasion of Russia the previous year, Hitler's ‘Brandenburger' commando units undertook a daring operation deep inside Soviet-held territory. Disguised...

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  5. Montcalm’s Crushing Blow

    RAID 46 Multiple formats
    The year 1755 saw the rivalry between Britain and France in North America escalate into open warfare as both sides sought to overcome the other's forts and trading posts. Lord Loudoun and the Marquis...

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  6. Killing Bin Laden

    RAID 45 Multiple formats
    On May 2, 2011 a ten-year manhunt drew to a deadly end as the men of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group (a.k.a. SEAL Team Six) closed in on their prey, Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the...

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  7. Carlson’s Marine Raiders

    RAID 44 Multiple formats
    On August 17-18, 1942, 211 men of the US Marine Corps' 2nd Raider Battalion conducted a daring amphibious raid on the Japanese-occupied Makin Island in the South Pacific. This ambitious but flawed...

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  8. Kill Rommel!

    RAID 43 Multiple formats
    In November 1941, a small party of British Commandos landed by submarine in Libya, tasked with the assassination of General Erwin Rommel, commander of the German forces in North Africa, who was believed...

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  9. The Swamp Fox

    RAID 42 Multiple formats
    The American Revolution was deadlocked in the north, and in 1778, the focus of the conflict shifted south. Following his decisive 1780 victory at Charleston, Cornwallis launched a campaign through the...

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  10. Tombstone

    RAID 41 Multiple formats
    The Gunfight at the OK Corral on 26 October 1881 is one of the most enduring stories of the Old West. It led to a series of violent incidents that culminated in the Vendetta Ride, in which Wyatt Earp,...

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