Elite Fighting Forces

Elite Fighting Forces

From the Praetorian Guard to the Green Berets

Book - 2011
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Many of the most famous fighting forces in history have been elite units, trained and equipped for particular tasks, whether as imperial guards, shock troops, fighter pilots, or behind-enemy-lines special forces. This highly illustrated survey covers fifty-two such units, from the Persian Immortals of 2,500 years ago to the Delta Force and Green Berets today.

These forces are distinguished by:
* a willingness to fight to the death (the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae; the Knights of Malta)
* a spearhead role (Alexander the Great's Companion Cavalry; the Mongol Keshik; the Aztec Military Orders)
* specialist skills and endurance (Edward III's longbow men; Navy Seals)
* reliability and loyalty to a leader or cause (the Zulu Impis; Mosby's Rangers in the Civil War)

Each profile lists important dates and includes a key battle and quotations from contemporary sources. The wide range of illustrations includes battle scenes and special uniforms and insignia.
Publisher: London ; New York : Thames & Hudson, 2011
ISBN: 9780500251768
0500251762
Branch Call Number: 356.167 Elite
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Black, Jeremy

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