Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II - The American Military Experience Series (Hardback)Dennis R. Okerstrom (author)
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Based on review of hundreds of documents as well as interviews with surviving Air Commandos, this is the history of a colourful, autonomous, and highly effective military unit that included some of the most recognizable names of the era. Tasked by the General of the Army Air Forces, H. H. "Hap" Arnold, to provide air support for British troops under the eccentric Major General Wingate as they operated behind Japanese lines in Burma, the Air Commandos were breaking entirely new ground in operational theory, tactics, and inter-Allied cooperation. Okerstrom's in-depth research and analysis in Project 9 shed light on the operations of America's first foray into special military operations, when these heroes led the way for the formation of modern special operations teams such as Delta Force and Seal Team Six.
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
"This a splendid book about a little-reported-on corner of World War II geography and forces engaged in a do-or-die situation in Burma and India in 1943-1944. The book deals with some unforgettable figures. General 'Hap' Arnold and Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten lead the list, with brilliant, if eccentric, British Brigadier Orde Wingate close behind. Wingate's scheme for taking the fight to the Japanese in Burma was the catalyst for the formation of the U.S. Army Air Forces 'Air Commandos.'"--Air Power History
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