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MARSOC: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command    by Fred Pushies order for
by Fred Pushies
Order:  USA  Can
Zenith Press, 2011 (2011)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The U.S. Marine Corps has been involved in special operations dating back to World War II and the Korean War. But after the Desert One hostage rescue mission badly misfired, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was created in 1987. The new command would handle special operations on land, sea, and air with Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.

Rather than join in, the Marine Corps felt it needed to maintain its top warriors in its conventional forces. Thus, MARSOC was formed and in the aftermath of 9/11, when the need for special operations units became more pronounced, MARCOC became part of USSOCOM.

Originally part of Force Recon, the highly skilled, combat hardened soldiers joined other sec ops professionals in the war on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the global war on terrorism.

This pictorial history looks at the origins, training, special equipment and weapons and the missions of this highly trained and lethal group of Leathernecks. With 100 photos, the paperback offers an up-close and personal look at the country's newest special operations force.

Sometimes the subject of military and adventure authors who create fictional scenarios and missions for a force like this, what you'll find on these pages is anything but fiction. These men and women are the real deal and not the figments of someone's overactive imagination!

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