Marine Corps Aviation I

Early History of Marine Corps Aviation May 22, 1912, is considered the birthday of U. S. Marine Corps aviation. It was on that date that a young Marine Corps first lieutenant, Alfred A. Cunningham, reported to the superintendent of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for “duty in connection with aviation.” It was […]

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Marine Corps Aviation II

Naval Aviators U. S. Marine Corps pilots constitute one of three groups of military pilots designated as naval aviators, the other two of which are the pilots of the U. S. Navy and the U. S. Coast Guard. All three groups of pilots undergo their initial aviation training under the auspices of the U. S. […]

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Grenzschutzgruppe 9

A GSG 9 exercise in 2005 West German counterterrorism group. Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG-9) was formed in reaction to the killing of eleven Israeli athletes by Black September terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics. The German handling of the situation drove home the point that the Federal Republic needed an organization specifically trained for counterterrorism and […]

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Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK)

AGF (Aufklärungs- und Gefechtsfahrzeug) Serval LIV SO Serval (Light Infantry Vehicle Special Operations) used by German Army Kommando Spezialkräfte KSK   German Army Special Forces are called Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK). These units are patterned after the British SAS. One term must be served as Falschirmjägers or Fernspähtruppen. This unit was not formed until 1990. One […]

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Codenamed Operation Mikado I

Westland Sea King HC. 4 helicopter On 26 May 1982, three men in hastily acquired civilian clothing gave a press conference to the world’s media in a packed reception room at the British Embassy in the Chilean capital, Santiago. The three were the crew of an 846 Naval Air Squadron Westland Sea King HC. 4 […]

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Codenamed Operation Mikado II

Suspicious appearance. The remains of the Sea King helicopter, dropped in 1982 in Punta Arenas. We now know that was part of Operation Mikado. The planned drop-off point for the Special Forces team had been a point close to an isolated estancia twelve miles to the north-west of the Rio Grande airbase. In the increasingly […]

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Alamo Scouts

A team of Alamo Scouts pose for a photo after completing a reconnaissance mission on Los Negros Island, February 1944. The Alamo Scouts, officially known as the Sixth Army Special Reconnaissance Unit, were formed because Lieutenant General Walter Krueger needed accurate and timely information as he prepared to invade New Guinea. Krueger had access to […]

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Brit SpecForce Falklands

Milan – RAID SAS – Darwin Settlement. Painting by Daniel Bechennec. Visit Daniel’s Website for some fantastic Paintings The high reputation enjoyed by the Special Forces, especially after the 1980 siege at the Iranian embassy in London, had led to a number of proposals for their immediate deployment right at the start of the crisis. […]

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Did Commandos Make a Difference?

What of the “supersoldiers,” the Western commandos who often operated in conjunction with local resistance fighters and garnered so much attention both from contemporaries and from posterity? What was their impact? Their dramatic contributions cannot be denied. Heroic World War II special operations have provided rich inspiration for a long line of books, movies, and […]

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82nd Airborne Division – The Invasion of Normandy

General Gavin jumped with his men and led from the front. Here he is ‘chuting up for the D-Day jump, note his preferred weapon, a rifle. In November 1943, as the bulk of the 82nd Airborne Division prepared to leave the Mediterranean, General James M. Gavin had already gone to London to help plan the […]

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