Department of the Army Field Manual FM 31-21: Special Forces Operations

Washington, DC: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1965. Revised Edition. Wraps. 4.5 inches by 6.75 inches. , 227, [1] pages. Wraps. Figures. References. Glossary. Index. Covers has some wear and soiling, crease at back corner. This manual supersedes FM 31-21, 29 September 1961, including C 1, 4 September 1963. NATO has defined special operations as "military activities conducted by specially designated, organized, trained, and equipped forces, manned with selected personnel, using unconventional tactics, techniques, and modes of employment". Special forces emerged in the early 20th century, with a significant growth in the field during the Second World War, when every major army created formations devoted to special operations behind enemy lines. Special forces may perform functions including airborne operations, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, covert operations, direct action, hostage rescue, high-value targets/manhunting, intelligence operations, mobility operations, and unconventional warfare. This manual provides doctrinal guidance to commanders and staffs responsible for the training and operational employment of U.S. Army special forces in unconventional warfare (UW) and in counterinsurgency (CI) operations. It describes the organization, mission, and methods of employment of the U.S. Airborne special forces group. It explains the interrelationships of the special forces operational base, the airborne special forces groups and its C, B, and A detachments, and other U.S. elements operationally engaged in the guerrilla warfare operational area (GWOA). It furnished guidelines to the operational detachment commander in his relationships with resistance leaders and other resistance personnel. This manual is applicable in nuclear and nonnuclear warfare. Condition: Good.

Keywords: Guerrilla Warfare, Vietnam War, Airborne Special Forces, Field Manuals, Unconventional Warfare, Operational Base, Infiltration, Resistance Force, Psychological Operations, Intelligence Production, Logistics Support, Combat Employment, Demobilization

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