MARINE FORCE RECON 1940-90. Detailed reference guide to the organization, techniques, tactics, uniforms & equipment of this famous elite unit. GREAT GIFT IDEA! Pictorial history.
MARINE FORCE RECON 1940-94.
The Commander's Eyes & Ears
Organization & Operations: World War II
The Korean War
The Vietnam War
The 1970s & 1980s
The Gulf War
Uniforms & Accoutrements
Detailed reference guide to the organization, techniques, tactics, uniforms & equipment of this famous elite unit. This relatively small unit is prepared for recon missions deep behind enemy lines, deadly and secret anti-terrorist operations, extremely dangerous special operations assignments, fast action commando raids, and as a powerful quick reaction force to protect U.S. interests against terrorism anywhere in the world within hours of notification.
In 1976 Maj. James Capers Jr. welcomed new men and their families into a force reconnaissance company. 'Only the most capable Marines are selected for this duty due to rigid mental and physical demands. A very thorough screening of each applicant is conducted...to test alertness and endurance. The result is a small elite unit with highly qualified Marines who are considered the best in the world'. Indicative of the standards demanded and achieved was S.Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard's reconnaissance platoon on patrol in Vietnam in June 1966. After two days and nights of controlling artillery and air strikes on Communist forces from Hill 488, the platoon was surrounded and attacked by a battalion-size enemy force. The 18 men held out overnight in an epic small-unit action - a 'fight to remember' - in which six of their number were killed and the rest wounded. By dawn the next day the survivors were left with only eight rounds of ammunition, knives and entrenching tools. Howard earned the Medal of Honor, one of six awarded to Recon Marines in Vietnam - and he was the only one who lived to wear it. Ex-Marine Charles D. Melson examines the history, equipment and insignia of the Marine's amphibious and ground long-range patrol reconnaissance specialists in this volume which contains a wealth of photographs and 12 full page colour plates by Paul Hannon.
The OSPREY ELITE SERIES features detailed and authentic information on the history and appearance of the world's fighting men. Each 64-page 7.25" x 9.75" volume is filled with illustrations including photographs, diagrams, maps, charts and full-color plates which support the text on the title subject.