THE SUPERCOMMANDOS: FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE, 1942-1944. Kiska, Italy, Southern France.Chronicles the organization, training, and combat operations of the First Special Services Force during its brief but exhilarating history. Beautifully rendered full-color maps, highly detailed ORDER OF BATTLE graphics, charts, and numerous noteworthy First Special Service Force documents are also included.
Completing this volume are over 80 full-color images of exceptionally rare, authentic 1st Special Service Force uniforms, insignia, weapons and equipment.
"Vigorous training, hazardous duty" were the words that lured prospective volunteers to the First Special Service Force. The First Special Service Force was an unique elite, highly trained group of the hand-picked best American and Canadian volunteers that first formed the unit in Montana in 1942. The First Special Service Force's initial objective was to be dropped deep behind Nazi lines in Europe to destroy the enemy. At the last minute, the unit was sent to Kiska (Aleutians) to help fight the Japanese invaders in August 1943. In November '43, it was transported to Naples and then Anzio to fight in the Italian campaign.
This virtually unknown unit, referred to simply as "The Force" and unofficially as "The Devil's Brigade" had a combined strength of 2,500 men & suffered 2,300+ casualties including over 400 KIA/MIA during non-stop combat from Nov.'43 - Nov. '44.
The Nazis quickly learned to respect and to fear these valiant warriors who fought under two flags until the unit was disbanded in December 1944.
This is an important record of the fabled fighting unit in Kiska, Italy, and Southern France, and an illustrated history and unparalleled view of one of the world's all-time greatest military elite units. Extra large 8-1/2" x 11" hardcover 320 page volume with nearly 700 b/w and color photographs, maps, and documents.
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