The Guerrilla Factory

The Guerrilla Factory

The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets

Book - 2012
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A retired lieutenant colonel presents a behind-the-scenes portrait of the legendary North Carolina camps where Special Forces soldiers are trained, outlining the infamous Q Course where leaders endure brutal tests of strength, stamina, and ingenuity.
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451623604
Branch Call Number: 356.1675 Sch
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 18, 2014

personal narrative of SF training

Mar 04, 2013

I agree that its a joy to read and difficult to put down. However, the author is an English major and it might be helpful to have a dictionary handy from time to time.

Nov 28, 2012

The Guerrilla Factory , The Making of Special Forces Officers, the Green Berets By Tony Schwalm.What a joy to read, One of the better books written by a insider of the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). The author gives you the reader a deeper insight into the very difficult training at Fort Bragg / Camp Mackall that weeds out the majority of the students.When you mention the "Green Berets" most people jump to the conclusion of a Commando raid being preformed in the middle of the night on a high value target by men with camouflaged faces. These multi skilled professional soldiers of the US Army have many more layers to them other than the classic Commando raid (which they do perform).You will find them training foreign countries armies, speaking the native language, eating their food and understanding their culture while repairing sewers, building hospitals and schools. Other ODAs or "A" teams might find themselves deep inside enemy lines doing reconnaissance and gathering intelligence. Their training never stops, jumping out of aircraft or helicopters sometime wearing oxygen bottles, scuba diving, leaving a submerged submarines, traveling by kayak, motorcycles, mules or snow mobiles with 100+ lbs of gear on their back. Able to live off the land and in different climates and trained to Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape the enemy the author peels back the layers to expose some of his learning and hardships that his teams endured.All of this Unconventional Warfare comes out in the book and is very well written by Lt. Col Schwalm as he looks back and shares his personal insights.


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Aug 05, 2013

Two right answers could be argued.

Aug 05, 2013

I'm from the US Government and I'm here to help.

Aug 05, 2013

The most powerful army is useless in the pursuit of peace if the world regards it not as a policeman, but a bully.


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