The patrol vehicles used by Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq vary quite dramatically between the theaters as well as amongst the Coalition members, and have been developed and upgraded to meet the demands of the deployment. Covering all the major Coalition nations, Leigh Neville continues his look at the elite forces deployed in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with this analysis of their vehicles.
Tracing the evolution of the vehicle types, from their historical precedents, through their designs to their operational developments, he discusses their advantages and disadvantages, along with their tactical employment. From the mine-protected vehicles used to counter the IED threat in Iraq, the use of Strykers as armored raiding platforms by the US Rangers, to the civilian vehicles adapted for military service by both Coalition troops and Private Military Contractors in the regions, this book uses rare in-theater photographs and color artwork to show the variety and inventiveness of the patrol vehicles being used in combat today.
About the Author
Leigh Neville is an Australian national currently living and working in Sydney. He has traveled and worked internationally, was based in Europe for ten years, and now works for a large American consultancy; he is currently completing a Masters program in International Studies.
"This book provides an excellent overview of the many special operations vehicles deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during the first decade of the 21st Century. I highly recommend it for both its narrative and for the large variety of the clear photographs and excellent illustrations." -Jeff Leiby, IPMS/USA