Download PDF by Oliver North: American Heroes in Special Operations

By Oliver North

ISBN-10: 0805447121

ISBN-13: 9780805447125

Following the luck of American Heroes: within the struggle opposed to Radical Islam (a New York Times most sensible seller), Oliver North strikes from the frontline to the realm of shadow warriors, introducing readers to the courageous, noble paintings of army Seals, Rangers, and eco-friendly Berets in American Heroes in specified Operations.

From the sands of Iraq to the mountains of the Hindu Kush, North relays insider tales and full-color images that depict soul-stirring missions, hidden victories, and determined fights opposed to most unlikely odds. but for those trustworthy, inspiring patriots, it's "all in a day's work."

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M. Peck) and Broke (Commander Edward Evans) soon made out the attackers and Peck tried to ram the nearest, G42, but missed. However, Broke hit G42 full amidships, almost cutting it in half. The German crew stormed onto Brokers foredeck and a savage hand-to-hand fight ensued; however, a petty officer with a light machine-gun soon had the boarders subdued and they were taken below as prisoners. An officer was surprised a little while later to find them being served a hearty meal of bacon and eggs by their captors.

All of the 12th Flotilla arrived home safely, although the heavily damaged Onslaught had lost all its charts and navigational gear, which caused its surviving officers some challenging problems. This action, which might easily have had more serious consequences for the Germans, showed how darkness enabled destroyers to operate at reasonably close ranges with acceptable risk of damage, and use their torpedoes effectively. However, British techniques for fighting and communication in darkness left much to be desired and an opportunity was missed.

Relatively young and inexperienced officers found themselves in command of fast and heavily armed ships and often had to take vital tactical decisions themselves, instead of waiting to be told what to do by the flagship. If this ethos had been more prevalent in their seniors who commanded the great ships at Jutland, the outcome might have been a decisive victory for Britain. Significantly, the Navy which performed so superbly in World War II was to a large extent officered by men who had served in destroyers and were consequently far more self-reliant and less inhibited by "form" than their predecessors.

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