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  • Special Forces Berlin

  • Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956-1990
  • By: James Stejskal
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

The massive armies of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies posed a huge threat to the nations of Western Europe. US military planners decided they needed a plan to slow the juggernaut they expected when and if a war began. The plan was Special Forces Berlin. Their mission, should hostilities commence, was to wreak havoc behind enemy lines and buy time for vastly outnumbered NATO forces to conduct a breakout from the city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was there...

  • By rowca on 09-15-18

I was there...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Although not in DET A. I had the very good fortune to serve with many of its Officer as they came across to serve in the 6th Infantry. To the man they were respected and provided value added to the Brigade. Later I served in a position that provided some visibility of DET A activities. My biggest disappointment with the book is it does not given credit to many of the activities the Detachment did well and routinely. Additionally there is little mention of the regional deterrent effect it had on our adversaries. Also, an irritant was the mispronunciation of USCOB by the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Handful of Hard Men

  • The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
  • By: Hannes Wessels
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

  • By rowca on 10-05-17

Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-17

What a story! The book is not for the lighthearted. Tells the story from the perspective of the Rhodesian SAS, which some may find objectionable philosophically, and in deed. However, it also reveals the other side of the events-- the complicity of neighbors, the role of South Africa, Cuba, the Soviet Union and the UK/US/UN. Like the sinking of the Titanic we know the ending, but with a continuing vengeful twist not envisioned by the world players.

As the book progressed I grew accustomed to the narrator's slow reading and lack of inflection.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful