Special Operations Forces

Through the 1990s

P - S

Paddock, Alfred H., Jr. [COL/USA] U.S. Army Special Operations, Its Origins: Psychological and Unconventional Warfare, 1941-1952. Washington, DC: National Defense University, 1982. Honolulu, HI: University Press of the Pacific, 2002. Rev. ed. U.S. Army Special Warfare: Its Origins. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2002.

This was the first volume in the National Defense University's Military History Series.

From publisher of revised edition: "This revised edition draws on the newly available papers of Major General [Robert A.] McClure and provides additional information on his role as Eisenhower's chief of psychological warfare in North Africa and Europe, his service as chief of information control in occupied Germany, and his assignment as chief of the New York Field Office of the Army's Civil Affairs Division. Paddock also includes new sections on American psychological warfare in the Pacific, the Army Rangers, the 1st Special Service Force, and American-led guerrillas in the Philippines. In a reflective new epilogue that draws partly upon his own experience, Paddock also provides keen insights into the use of special warfare during Vietnam."

Paschall, Rod. LIC 2010: Special Operations and Unconventional Warfare in the Next Century. New York: Brassey's (US), 1990.

Surveillant 1.2 notes that in this book a former Delta Force Commander and Director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle, PA, "charts the likely course of low-intensity conflict (LIC) over the next two decades." To Beckett, I&NS 6.3, "Paschall has produced a highly stimulating book well worth reading."

Quarrie, Bruce. Special Forces. London: Apple Press, 1990. [Gibish]

Rottman, Gordon L. US Army Special Forces 1952-84. London: Osprey, 1985.

Brief (64 pages) presentation with a focus on uniforms and equipment.

Simons, Anna. The Company They Keep: Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces. New York: Free Press, 1997. New York: Avon Books, 1998. [pb]

Seamon, Proceedings 123.6 (Jun. 1997), calls this the "definitive study of an often misunderstood branch of the U.S. Army.... For the dirty little wars that now seem inevitable, if and when the United States becomes involved, says Dr. Simons, the most potent weapon in our arsenal will be the Special Forces." For Gole, Parameters, Spring 1999, this is "a very insightful book useful to anyone who would understand SF as it really is.... The excellent and comprehensive sketch of the big picture drawn by the author familiarizes the reader with the totality of Special Forces, but she is particularly deft in penetrating the A-Team to reveal what makes it tick."

Simpson, Charles M., III. [COL/USA (Ret.)] Inside the Green Berets: The First Thirty Years, A History of the U.S. Army Special Forces. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1984. New York: Berkley, 1985. [pb]

Stanton, Shelby L.

1. Green Berets at War: U.S. Army Special Forces in Southeast Asia, 1956-1975. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1985. New York: Dell, 1995. [pb]

Surveillant 4.4/5 notes that the book includes an "excellent treatment of the problems attendant on the transformation of early SF [Special Forces] activity in Southeast Asia under CIA and U.S. Army auspices to a mainly U.S. Army responsibility in 1963."

2.. Rangers at War: Combat Recon in Vietnam. New York: Crown/Orion Books, 1992.

Surveillant 2.4: This is the story of Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRPs), "mainly used for intelligence missions and small-scale raids," in Vietnam.

3. Special Forces at War: An Illustrated History, Southeast Asia 1957-1975. Charlottesville, VA: Howell Press, 1990. [Gibish]

Stratton, Ray E., and August G. Jannarone. "Toward a Strategic Targeting Doctrine for Special Operations Forces." Air University Review 36 (Jul.-Aug. 1985): 24-29.

Sutherland, Ian D.W. [LTCOL/USA (Ret.)] Special Forces of the United States Army, 1952-1982. San Jose, CA: R. James Bender, 1990.

Yang, FILS 12.4, notes that the author sees the Green Berets as part of the legacy of OSS. The book "briefly traces the illustrious career of Colonel [Aaron] Bank." OSS had "a profound influence on the doctrinal, institutional, and organizational makeup of today's S[pecial] F[orces].... SF has yet to overcome institutional misconceptions and prejudices within the U.S. Army." This book "can be considered the unofficial SF 'bible.'" While it "may well be the best overall publication on SF, it is not without some minor faults.... Despite its authenticity, thorough discussion, and extensive bibliography, the book contains no citations."

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