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World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units


By Eugene Liptak, Johnny Shumate (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Other Information: 45 b/w; 13 col
Published In: United Kingdom, 06 October 2014
With the need for large-scale amphibious landings to decide the outcome of World War II the US Navy developed several types of specialized unit to reconnoitre potential landing areas, degrade the enemy's ability to resist, and assist the landing forces on to the beaches. The Scouts and Raiders were the forerunners of the SEALs, Beach Jumpers made elaborate simulated landings to distract the enemy, the Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams cleared obstacles to amphibious landings and Naval Group China fought alongside Chinese guerrillas behind Japanese lines. This book uncovers the fascinating history of these units, the unique gear they went into theatre with and the vital roles they carried out throughout the war.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Scouts and Raiders: tasks - organization - special equipment - operational history /Beach jumpers: tasks - organization - special equipment - operational history /Naval combat demolition teams: tasks - organization - special equipment - operational history /Naval Group China: tasks - organization - special equipment - operational history /Bibliography /Plate commentaries /Index

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Spearheading the Allied amphibious assaults during World War II, the US Navy's special warfare units performed a wide variety of dangerous and difficult tasks in the face of the enemy, from combat demolition to deception operations. Their vital but largely unsung contribution to Allied victory is explored and illustrated in this book.

About the Author

EUGENE LIPTAK holds both a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona. His interest in military history comes from reading, documentaries, movies, and visiting museums. He is a librarian in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. This is his second book for Osprey. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor.

EAN: 9781780960531
ISBN: 1780960530
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Dimensions: 24.38 x 18.29 x 0.51 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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