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THE SUPERCOMMANDOS: FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE, 1942-1944 AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
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THE SUPERCOMMANDOS: FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE, 1942-1944 AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

Author: Robert Todd Ross
Publisher: SCHIFFER BOOKS, Mar 2010
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-7643-1171-9

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Chronicles the organization, training, & combat operations of the 1st Special Service Force during its brief but exhilarating history.. Beautifully rendered full-color maps, highly detailed Order of Battle graphics, charts, & numerous facsimiles of noteworthy original Force documents are also included. 680+ Color & B&W images; 8.5x11 inches, 320 pgs.

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Vigorous training, hazardous duty. These were the words that lured prospective volunteers to the First Special Service Force, & that promised, for those who measured up, the chance of getting into the war quickly. Unique during World War II, the First Special Service Force evolved as the amalgam of two Armies, Canadian & American, & the men who filled its ranks were among the hand-picked best from throughout North America. Their diverse & intensive training took them from the dust-covered prairies of Montana, to the bitterly-cold peaks of the Great Divide, to the waters of Chesapeake Bay. Their skillfulness, their remarkable esprit de corps, & their legendary endurance saw them through tough combat missions in both the Asiatic-Pacific & the European Theaters of operation.

The Supercommandos chronicles the organization, training, & combat operations of the First Special Service Force during its brief but exhilarating history. Accompanying the broad text are nearly 400 black & white images, most unpublished, including a photo-essay by renowned combat photographer, Robert Capa. As well, there are more than forty extraordinary full-color wartime images of the Force both in training & in the combat zone. Beautifully rendered full-color maps, highly detailed Order of Battle graphics, charts, & numerous facsimiles of noteworthy original Force documents are also included. Completing this volume are over eighty full-color images of exceptionally rare, authentic First Special Service Force uniforms, insignia, weapons & equipment.

The Supercommandos offers an unparalleled view of one of the world's all-time military elites, & will prove to be an invaluable resource for any collector, reenactor, veteran, or historian.


 
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