BOOK OF THE MONTH - MAY 2005
Techniques of the Elite Forces: How To Train and
Fight Like the Elite and Special Operations Forces
of the World
by Leroy Thompson. Published by Greenhill Books,
London and Stackpole Books, Pennsylvania, 2005.
ISBN 1-85367-652-7. Paperback, 207 pp, 60-plus b &
w photos and drawings, 16 x 23 cm. UK price £11.99
plus post and pack, but best to see your local
In the Greenhill Military Manuals
series Leroy Thompson authored two excellent books,
viz. Combat Shotguns and Combat Handguns.
Demonstrating his versatility in authorship and his
extensive expertise in many fields, he has now
produced this brilliant expose of what special
forces can do and how they prepare for it.
The pages are liberally sprinkled
with all sorts of fascinating miscellaneous, but
generally unknown, facts such as the weakness of
Kevlar armour when exposed to water, the
bullet-stopping power of ice and snow, the thickness
of ice needed to support troops, kernmantle ropes,
and double cambered skis.
The introductory chapter gives an
overview of the origins of today’s special forces
and sets the scene for the following seven chapters,
which deal with selection, weaponry, airborne
operations, water operations, operations in deserts,
cold climes and the jungle, intelligence gathering,
plus survival, evasion and escape.
The reader may have read books about
the SAS, Delta Force and special operations. Well
and good. What this book does is to review the
whole world of special forces and special operations
and to provide a very helpful overview of the state
of play. This is an invaluable guide for the
professional operator, the armchair theorist, the
wargamer, the fiction author writing a best seller
or anyone interested in military affairs.
In short, this is an invaluable
contribution to the subject area. Bravo!