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Elite 203. World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units. Paperback

  • World War II US Navy Special Warfare Units. Elite 203.
  • Author: Eugene Liptak; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Paperback; October 2014; 64 pages
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.
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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