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The first real impetus for the creation of British specialist formations came in the desperate summer of 1940 when, having been pushed out of Europe following defeat in France and the Low Countries, Britain began to turn to irregular forces in an effort to wrest back the strategic initiative from the enemy. The development of Special Forces by the United States was also a direct consequence of defeat. After Pearl Harbor, Hargreaves shows, the Americans found themselves in much the same position as Britain had been in 1940: shocked, outnumbered, and conventionally defeated, they were unable to come to grips with the enemy on a large scale. By the end of the war, a variety of these units had overcome a multitude of evolutionary hurdles and made valuable contributions to practically every theater of operation.
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By Anonymous User on 01-24-16
Like listening to paint dry
What would have made Special Operations in World War II better?
Listening to this book I would have shot myself as it was so dull
What could Andrew L. Hargreaves have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Gone to the pub
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Douglas R. Pratt?
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By Flanker7 on 11-26-17
Not written to be an audiobook.
Although the subject is interesting the writing style is ponderous and tedious. I found it really annoying, and it's on a subject that fascinates me.