First Special Service Force 1942–44

First Special Service Force 1942–44 cover

First Special Service Force 1942–44

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This is a concise history of the unique integrated commando-style brigade of US and Canadian volunteers formed in 1942. Hand picked, and trained in airborne, amphibious, mountain and winter warfare, demolitions and close-quarter tactics, they left a combat legacy still recognized amongst today's Special Forces. This book explores the remarkable results the FSSF achieved in Italy - in the harsh mountain fighting on the Winter Line, in the trenches of Anzio, and in the breakthrough to Rome. Accompanied by unique combat photography and illustrations of their distinctive uniforms, this is an insight into a famous, but little explored unit.

Table of Contents

· Introduction – the plan for Operation 'Plough', and formation of the FSSF · Organization & structure · Training: airborne – skiing – mountain – demolitions – amphibious · Operations: Kiska (Aleutians) – Mte Camino (Italy) – Mte la Difensa – Mte Majo – Anzio – Rome – Southern France – Franco-Italian border – disbandment · Uniforms · Uniforms of successor units · Equipment · Weapons · Special insignia

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Published 10 Nov 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841769684
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 60 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 145
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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