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Special Reconnaissance and Advanced Small Unit Patrolling (Paperback)

Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Special Operations Forces

Colour Books Military Photographic Books

By Lt Col Edward Wolcoff
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781399020268
Published: 30th June 2024


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This book will serve as a tactical “bible” tailored to the military Special Operations, intelligence and paramilitary/law-enforcement communities and other interested parties - - with the intention of breaking the invent-and-forget/reinventing-the-wheel cycle with an aim to (1) increase the effectiveness and lethality of SpecOps personnel and units, while (2) saving the lives of SpecOps personnel engaged in high-risk operations.

Wolcoff describes numerous historical examples of special reconnaissance (SR) operations, with some emphasis on lessons-learned/Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures gained from the legendary Military Assistance Command Vietnam – Special Operations Group (MACV-SOG) SR operations conducted during the Vietnam-era, including operational accounts and analyses of specific missions. Few of these TTPs and lessons-learned have been archived or collated into a usable form for SpecOps personnel or units; this book is intended to preserve and embed this valuable and volatile compilation of tradecraft, that has been obtained at such cost in lives. Wolcoff covers the gamut of specialized SR topics ranging from operational planning and preparation, through execution, logistics and command and control - - all in substantial trade-craft detail.

Review as featured in

Globe at War

"Wolcoff provides an invaluable look at what it means to have to fight and survive in some of the most lethal circumstances imaginable - something anyone with even a passing interest in these matters should understand."


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If you're deeply interested in the nuts and bolts, tactical actions that military units ought to take in a myriad of situations, then this is your book.

It truly is a how-to book.

There are occasional stories mixed in, but most of the book offers helpful tips to military strategy buffs.

NetGalley, Francis Tapon

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It's obvious what this book is about and if you enjoy military tactics and learning lessons on how they worked and where they didn't then I imagine this will be right up your alley.
These types of things interest me no end.

NetGalley, Keith Marshall

About Lt Col Edward Wolcoff

Lt. Col. Wolcoff (ret.) served in Special Operations Group and went on highly classified Special Reconnaissance missions. He also spent over seven years in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. A decorated veteran with years of experience as a team leader in aggressive, cross-border operations, Wolcoff is uniquely qualified to present this invaluable document for Special Operations personnel. After the military, Wolcoff worked in support of the National Security interests of the United States.

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