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Twenty true stories of covert military operations, from raids into Laos by elite unit MAC-V-SOG to cut the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to the US Navy SEAL 6 operation Neptune's Spear in Abbottabad which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Lewis shines a light on the 'shadow war' units that conduct clandestine operations and tells in full and fascinating Twenty true stories of covert military operations, from raids into Laos by elite unit MAC-V-SOG to cut the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to the US Navy SEAL 6 operation Neptune's Spear in Abbottabad which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Lewis shines a light on the 'shadow war' units that conduct clandestine operations and tells in full and fascinating detail the most daring missions of the last fifty years, from the the Sayeret Mat'Kal/Mossad 'Wrath of God' mission to assassinate those behind the Munich Olympic massacre of Olympic athletes to the Delta Force mission in Somalia using Black Hawk helicopters which went so tragically wrong.


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Twenty true stories of covert military operations, from raids into Laos by elite unit MAC-V-SOG to cut the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to the US Navy SEAL 6 operation Neptune's Spear in Abbottabad which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Lewis shines a light on the 'shadow war' units that conduct clandestine operations and tells in full and fascinating Twenty true stories of covert military operations, from raids into Laos by elite unit MAC-V-SOG to cut the Ho Chi Minh trail during the Vietnam War to the US Navy SEAL 6 operation Neptune's Spear in Abbottabad which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Lewis shines a light on the 'shadow war' units that conduct clandestine operations and tells in full and fascinating detail the most daring missions of the last fifty years, from the the Sayeret Mat'Kal/Mossad 'Wrath of God' mission to assassinate those behind the Munich Olympic massacre of Olympic athletes to the Delta Force mission in Somalia using Black Hawk helicopters which went so tragically wrong.

32 review for The Mammoth Book of Covert Ops: True Stories of Covert Military Operations, from the Bay of Pigs to the Death of Osama bin Laden (Mammoth Books)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    The series ‘Mammoth Book Of..’ is one that I have taken a fancy to. Apart from a far flung arena of topics, the books are extremely short summations of broad topics. They are all not necessarily well written and some of the topics and books tend to lean towards the mediocre but overall it is a good effort at creating a series of primers. This book has a collection of tablet shaped summaries of some of the most famous commando operations that have been carried out across the world. Mainstream Holl The series ‘Mammoth Book Of..’ is one that I have taken a fancy to. Apart from a far flung arena of topics, the books are extremely short summations of broad topics. They are all not necessarily well written and some of the topics and books tend to lean towards the mediocre but overall it is a good effort at creating a series of primers. This book has a collection of tablet shaped summaries of some of the most famous commando operations that have been carried out across the world. Mainstream Hollywood movies had made me believe that military operations always work like clockwork with a precision that can only be termed as surgical. The realization that each operation depends on the daring, valor and on-the-fly decisions by the operators was a rude jolt for me as a youngster. With time, I have come to fully appreciate the daring that defines special forces across the World. The collection in this book ranges from some of the spectacular successes by spec ops teams which include : •Entebbe Airport Raid - Sayeret Matkal (Israel) •Iranian Embassy Siege – 22 SAS (UK) •Operation Neptune Spear : The take down of Bin Laden – Navy SEAL’s (US) •Munich Massacre Aftermath : Operation Wrath Of God – Mossad/Sayeret Matkal (Israel) •Lufthansa Flight 181 : Operation Fire Magic - GSG9 (Germany) And then again there are some of the totally botched up operations like : •Black Hawk Down : US Special Forces/Task Force Ranger •Bay Of Pigs : CIA •Iran Hostage Crisis : Operation Eagle Claw – US Special Forces •Bravo Two Zero – 22 SAS (UK) The book could have been a lot more smaller if not for a clever tactic adopted by the publishers. The description of the operations themselves are not more than five pages per scenario. Rather cleverly, the publishers and author has inserted a series of official/de-classified documents for each of the missions which are mostly governmental reports. This does not add much of value to the reader other than bogging him/her down with a lot bureaucratic jargon and needlessly putting them off to sleep. Secondly, the book focusses almost exclusively on the US/UK spec ops teams. The author waxes eloquent about the 22 SAS and there are multiple chapters that chronicle its rise to later prominence. While this is a good topic, some of the other major commando teams across the world are forgotten. Notably absent are : •Russia : There is zero mention of Spetsnaz (the Russian Spec Ops team) in the book. Considering the scale of operation and lessons learned, one cannot miss out on the Moscow theatre hostage crisis. •India : The NSG operations at the Akshardham temple (Operation Aswamedh) & 26/11 – The siege of the Taj hotel. •France : GIGN and the raid on Air France 8969. •Sri Lanka : The prolonged operations against the separatist LTTE. While it does contain some interesting vignettes about the missions and the teams involved, this is by no means a mammoth book. If you are new to the whole aspect of spec ops and what they go through, then this is a book to start with but otherwise this is at best avoidable.

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