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Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit Mass Market Paperback – May 18, 2000
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“Delta Force, considered the equivalent of SEAL Team 6, are far more tight-lipped than the SEALs.” (New York Times)
“Delta Force is arguably the most effective fighting unit in the world.” (Washington Post)
“Absolutely compelling...nations without men like this simply don’t survive.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“The Army’s most elite commando unit.” (Los Angeles Times)
“A page turner. ... Hard to put down. ... One of those rare books that military people will annotate and underline and hesitate ever to lend out. ... Beckwith’s candor is extraordinary.” (Armed Forces Journal)
About the Author
U.S. Army Colonel Charles A. Beckwith was the founderand first commanding officer of Delta Force. For his service,he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star,Legion of Merit, and Purple Heart. He is interred in the FortSam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
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Col. Charlie Beckwith is the man, a true Legend, we all need to salute. What a guy, almost single-handed
he got the anti-terrorist group/organisation established after 16-years of determination.
Battling Washingtion military hierachy and politicians he persevered against all odds. It was only
after the Tehran 1980 hostage drama and failure the States woke up. Reading about the enthralling
4-months blow-by-blow preparation; the book is worth obtaining just to read about the amazing
detail/ planning. The consequences are still felt in USA today. The spin-off? Today, the
States have an SAS team, called DELTA. The Epilogue by a high-ranking General alone, is quite
extraordinary. Read it! You will not be disappointed.
for nurturing a dream come true. The reader will find a bold governmental description on pages 329 and 330. Beckwith's story of the attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran (remember when?) demonstrates why training and collaboration is so valuable. Thank you, Charles A. Beckwith, for your service and legacy.
Because of his rank and the role he played in this story, you get a high level overview instead of the view from an operator on the ground (as in Eric Haney's book - Inside Delta Force). One item that was particularly interesting to me was the test (based on the SAS) they ran prior to their first real mission to determine if their operators would actually engage the terrorist. Although it was successful, they later decided to not use this test again and surmised that the British needed to determine if their operators would fire their weapons but the US needed to create rules on when to not fire their weapons. Not sure what that says about the two cultures, but it was interesting none the less.
Beckwith is definitely a strong personality who does not compromise. You learn much about the man and the government bureaucracy he fought for so many years. In the end, he was successful and we are a safer nation because of his efforts