US Navy Special Warfare Units in Korea & Vietnam
...Elite series 242, from Osprey Publishing
Title: US Navy Special Warfare Units in Korea & Vietnam
Author: Eugene Liptak
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Number 242 in their Elite series, this recent Osprey title looks of the UDT's (Underwater Demolition Teams) and SEALs (SEa Air Land) teams 1950-73. A 64-page soft-cover book in the standard style for the series. The work of these Special Forces teams in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The scene is set in a short Introduction, explaining how the UDT teams transitioned after the force reductions after the end of WW2 and then details of the unit organisation and equipment as they deployed to the war in Korea, and including a nice simple explanation of how they went about a beach survey. Next are details of the various tasks they undertook during the Korean War, which also included reconnaissance, sea-mine clearance and assisting in the insertion of agents and guerrillas. Then we move on to the same approach to the employment, tactics and equipment used by the UDT teams along with the new SEAL teams as they went on to serve in the Vietnam war, and again with details of various missions they undertook during that conflict. Throughout the book we get plenty of archive images, along with maps and pride of place I think, 8 pages of colour artwork illustrating the various uniforms and equipment they used during the period.
Plenty of interesting stories about the work of these largely covert teams while the background also accompanies the helpful artwork illustrations which I think will attract many modellers who will get plenty of inspiration from them.
Thanks to Osprey for our review copy.