American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders and America's First Special Forces Mission

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Penguin, Jun 2, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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Before the Green Berets...Before the Navy SEALs...Before the Army Rangers...There was the Long Patrol.

November 1942: in the hellish combat zone of Guadalcanal, one man would make history.

Lt. Col. Evans Carlson was considered a maverick by many of his comrades-and an outright traitor by others. He spent years observing guerrilla tactics all over the world, and knew that those tactics could be used effectively by the Marines.

Carlson and an elite fighting force-the 2nd Raider Battalion-embarked upon a thirty-day mission behind enemy lines where they disrupted Japanese supplies, inflicted a string of defeats on the enemy in open combat, and gathered invaluable intelligence on Japanese operations on Guadalcanal. And in the process they laid the foundation for every branch of Special Forces in the modern military.

Here, for the first time, is a riveting account of one man, one battalion, and one mission that would forever change the ways of warfare.

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Review: American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WW II Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

A thoroughly researched, fairly objective, and very well told story of a fascinating leader and heroic men. Read full review

Review: American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WW II Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission

User Review  - Austin Arndt - Goodreads

I liked a lot of the back round of Carlson. It was an ok book for me. I might have to read this again to refresh. Read full review


We Are Losing the War
We Were Nervous Coming In
The Jungle Was the Enemys
I Stink Like a Billygoat
An Awesome Barrier to Our Front
This Was No Small Enemy Patrol
The Guys Were Mowing Them Down
One of the Best Field Leaders

Jimmy What a Problem He Is
I Felt I Had to Fight
I Felt You Had the Key
Some Guy Was Organizing a HotShot Group
Long or Short Ill Accomplish My Task
Can You Cut a Japs Throat?
A Very Rugged Life but We All Love It
Work in Harmony
I Like Men Who Think
A Model for Later Organizations
Twentyone Guns in His Hip Pocket
The Eve of the Great Adventure
A Whole Different Ball of Wax
Cheese in the Trap
Our Purpose Was to Kill and Die
My First Taste of War
Those Kids Were Really Remarkable
Theres Something Big Coming Up
Stood the Test of Making It
To Create a Diversion
A Very Hostile Environment
Only Supposed to Raise a Little Hell
If I Miss the Jump Im Gone
Badly Intermingled on Landing
Everything Lousy
Loose Cannons
A Shootout at the OK Corral
The Fighting Had Become a Free for All
Composure Is Contagious Too
Its Wise to Assume the Worst
The Effect of Resolute Men
A LifeorDeath Struggle
Where the Hell Have You Been?
Is There Anyone Who Thinks We Ought to Surrender?
The Spiritual Low Point
Carlson Would Never Have Surrendered
Everybodys Been Having a Helluva Time
A Childs Version of Pirates
Buddies We Never Expected to See Again
And It Was for Us
We Mourn the Loss of Each
We Enjoyed Basking in All the Glory
Our Son Acquitted Himself Well
Everyone Didnt Love Us
Examples of Extraordinary Heroism
The Importance of the Offensive
Not Exactly Like a Whipped Dog
One of the Things That Really Burns Me
A Little Taste of the War
Any News from Jimmy?
I Wanted to Cry but I Could Not Produce Tears
It Was a Lovely Armistice Day
Kill or Be Killed End of Story
The Signal to Give Em Hell
The Steel Was Underneath
This Is No Place for You
The Jungle Was Jap
We Were the Hunters
Thinkin and Waitin Is Hell
You Cant Believe How Hungry You Are
I Was Wearing Rags Over My Feet
Today Is Thanksgiving
We Were a MotleyLooking Crew
The Proudest Moment of Our Young Lives
I Seen Red
I Cried Like a Baby
For Gods Sake Thosere Carlsons Boys
A Seedy Looking Lot
Your Son Was Tops
Americas First Trained Guerrillas
We Swept Everything Before Us
We Did Our Job
We Salute You Comrades
Worthy of More Generous Treatment
A General with the Heart of a Buck Private
They Were the First
We Have a Bond Which Is Priceless
Chapter 1Reaching for the Stars but Never Touching Them
Chapter 2Specially Trained Troops of the Hunter Class
Chapter 3We Could Have Taken on John Dillinger
Chapter 4We Were Itching for a Fight
Chapter 5It Seemed That Confusion Reigned Supreme
Chapter 6It Will Forever Remain a Ghastly Nightmare
Chapter 7A Poor Fit with the Map
Chapter 8We Rode to the Sound of the Guns
Chapter 9The Law of the Jungle
Chapter 10Where No Other Marines Have Ever Been
Chapter 11Once I Walked with Giants

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John Wukovits is a military expert and an authority on U.S. history in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island, as well as several military biographies and many articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, World War II, The Journal of Military History, The Naval War College Review, and Air Power History.

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