Aaron Bank was an OSS Jedburgh in World War II and the subject of William Donovon's quote, "Tell Bank to get Hitler." He'd later become the inaugural commander of the 10th Special Forces Group, earning the moniker Father of the Green Berets. The development and use of unconventional warfare in WWII created a desire to develop permanent units for future wars.
Bank parachuted with three others behind enemy lines in France to work with the French Resistance in harassing the Germans retreat from Normandy. He followed that action by recruiting former Wehrmacht soldiers with anti-Nazi sympathies to kidnap Hitler and other high-ranking officers in the Alpine redoubt. Although that mission was called off, he gained more experience with a POW rescue mission in Indochina, even spending time with Ho Chi Minh.
These World War II experiences, followed by service in Korea, shaped Bank's view of the need to make an OSS-type force permanent in the United States Army. Under the leadership of Brigadier General Robert McClure, Bank joined Russell Volckmann and Wendell Fertig - veterans of guerrilla warfare in the Philippines - to play an integral role in the creation of the US Army Special Forces.
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Special Forces History Lesson
The history about how special forces was developed.
A nice steady delivery that helped bring the story to life.
Special Forces, Special People
“I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author or narrator." This review is for the audio copy of Aaron Bank and the Early Days of US Army Special Forces by Darren Sapp and narrated by Dean Wagner.
This book was an interesting history lesson. I didn’t know any of the background about how Special Forces came to be and this book explained it in a way that was easy to listen to and very informative.
This is the second book by Darren Sapp that I have listened to and was quite satisfied with it. I recommend this author and this narrator.
A short and consice look into Special Forces
- Bill Beaulac