A Look at What It's Like to Be Inside the U.S. and British Special Forces Take a look inside these top-secret special operations of the U.S. and British military. They are responsible for the world's safety and perform some of the most dangerous missions around, but the work done by special operations units usually goes unpublicized. In these books, readers will learn about military history, the need for the creation of each branch, and what it is like to be a member of a special operations team. From sea soldiers to commandos, over the past three centuries Royal Marines have evolved from sailors who could fight on land to an elite force that can fight anywhere. The Royal Marines set the standard for all the world's special operations units to follow. In this book, Scheppler provides a brief history of Britain's distinguished special operations unit before describing the Royal Marines' support and specialist divisions. Weapons, equipment, and vehicles are discussed, as are training, recent missions, and humanitarian efforts.
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Scheppler is a writer/historian with a bachelor's degree in American and modern European history. He has written on topics from the Ironman to the Internet.From Booklist:
Reviewed with Jan Goldberg's Green Berets.
Gr, 5-7. Books in the new Inside Special Operations series are timely to be sure, but the volumes are uneven. British Royal Marines is the less successful of the two. Though it will be popular with browsers, a chapter on weaponry and landing craft (full of annoying abbreviations), which author Scheppler admits is far from complete, might have been shortened to devote more time to the commando training process and the complicated history of the service, which stretches back 300 years. In Green Berets, Goldberg forgoes most of the weapons hoopla in favor of a more extensive section on training, and contributes a much clearer idea of the specialties within the force. Both books briefly address the idea that commandos are "leaders first and warriors second," though Scheppler's weaponry chapter seems to belie the argument. The photos are excellent in both books--crystal clear and full color, with no overt violence. A glossary, different in each book, is appended, as are a few organizations to contact. REVWR
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Book Description Rosen Publishing Group, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110823938069