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Operation Wappen

“Equal parts history and firsthand account of military life, hte book is a unique and smooth read.” – Pacific Book Reviews This is a short story spanning two years from 1956 to 1958. It includes the author’s Marine Corps service as a Second Lieutenant artillery forward observer attached to the Third Battalion Sixth Marine Regiment led by Coloned Austin C. “Shifty”Shofner (one of only nine men ever to escape a Japanese prisoner war camp). It describes the maturation of Phase III warfare — the landing by helicopter of an intact infantry battalion ready to fight behind enemy lines (Operation Deep Water) and the beginnings of Phase IV warfare with the return of knights to battlefield (Yasser Arafat/eventually Osama bin Laden) and an M16/CIA joint clandestine, frustrated effort to overthrow the Syrian government (Operation Wappen).

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An intriguing exploration of Operation Wappen that gets bogged down by political tangents.

A writer offers the history of a failed CIA/MI6 coup in 1950s Syria.

It was not until about a half-century later that Maddock, a Marine veteran who participated in early Cold War operations, found evidence of his potential involvement in a planned joint CIA/MI6 coup in Syria code-named Operation Wappen…

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First-Hand Account of Extraordinary Military Life

This story begins at the end of World War II of men at their best and at their worst which ultimately led to the Cold War.  It then picks up the story 10 years later as the author begins his military career.  Inside the 102-pages book are a rip-roaring account of military life and their bravery…

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