The secretive history of the special forces
Discover the origins of the military's most elite fighting units
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Special forces are crack military units trained to conduct covert operations using unconventional techniques and modes of deployment. Hand-picked from all branches of the armed forces, special forces operatives are highly skilled in a range of capabilities, including reconnaissance, counter-terrorism measures, sabotage and demolition, and hostage rescue. Working anonymously, special forces units have been present during some of the most infamous and destructive conflicts in world history. In fact, the first reference to a specialized elite fighting unit operating independently of a central command dates back to the 11th century.
So, how exactly did these secretive military groups evolve, and what were their missions? Click through and enlist.
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