Combat Divers

An illustrated history of special forces divers

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Combat Divers

An illustrated history of special forces divers

Description

The full visual history of the special forces combat diver from World War II to the present day.

Combat divers are an elite within an elite. Every special forces combat diver is required to pass selection twice – first into the elite military unit and then a combat diving qualification. The combat dive units themselves are tiny and the operations highly classified. The role of a military diver is inevitably a lonely and a dangerous one, whether clearing mines or striking from the sea against enemy-held targets. Fully illustrated with rare and unusual images, Combat Divers reveals their little-known yet fascinating operations, from Dutch Special Forces combat divers covertly operating against Somali pirates to the actions of Soviet Spetsnaz divers in Swedish territorial waters during the Cold War. It also examines how the most famous units, such as the US Navy SEALs and the Royal Navy's SBS, are currently operating and adapting to threats in a multitude of theatres.

Combat Divers gives an insight into specialist kit and vehicles presently used and equipment that is being developed and trialed throughout the world. Covering a variety of kit, from dry deck shelters to mini-submarines and swimmer delivery vehicles, former Royal Marines Commando Michael G. Welham draws on his own extensive diving experience to reveal exactly how this equipment is used by special forces dive teams. As their kit and equipment constantly evolve, so does the nature of their work and even the team element. Combat Divers also details the first female combat divers and includes their own first-hand accounts about their groundbreaking roles within their respective units to create a fascinating history of these elite special forces operatives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction

Chapter 1. Frogmen: The Beginning
Chapter 2. Experimental Diving
Chapter 3. Combined Operations Pilotage Parties
Chapter 4. Far East Operations
Chapter 5. Scandinavia Targeted
Chapter 6. Special Forces Diver Units
Chapter 7. Female Military Divers
Chapter 8. Special Forces Diver Selection and Training
Chapter 9. Combat Diver Infiltration Options
Chapter 10. Anti-Terrorism and Piracy
Chapter 11. Mine and Bomb Disposal
Chapter 12. Swimmer Delivery Vehicles and Dry Deck Shelters
Chapter 13. Mini-Submarines
Chapter 14. Combat Divers' Equipment
Chapter 15. Weapons Underwater
Chapter 16. Marine Mammals at War
Chapter 17. Remote and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
Chapter 18. Undersea Spying and Sabotage
Chapter 19. The Future

Further Reading and Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Jan 19 2023
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781472856029
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Michael G. Welham

Michael G. Welham is a former Royal Marines Comman…

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