Before the Green Berets...Before the Navy SEALs...Before the Army Rangers...There was the Long Patrol.
November 1942: in the hellish combat zone of Guadalcanal, one man would make history.
Lt. Col. Evans Carlson was considered a maverick by many of his comrades-and an outright traitor by others. He spent years observing guerrilla tactics all over the world, and knew that those tactics could be used effectively by the Marines.
Carlson and an elite fighting force-the 2nd Raider Battalion-embarked upon a thirty-day mission behind enemy lines where they disrupted Japanese supplies, inflicted a string of defeats on the enemy in open combat, and gathered invaluable intelligence on Japanese operations on Guadalcanal. And in the process they laid the foundation for every branch of Special Forces in the modern military.
Here, for the first time, is a riveting account of one man, one battalion, and one mission that would forever change the ways of warfare.
Penguin Publishing Group; June 2009
- ISBN 9781101057452
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: American Commando
- Author: John Wukovits
Imprint: Dutton Caliber
In The Press
“Evans Carlson was not an ordinary U.S. Marine officer. He was a maverick…. In 1942, Carlson led the Long Patrol, spending 30 days behind Japanese lines on Guadalcanal, always moving, always killing and always disrupting…. [American Commando] brilliantly details Carlson's life and career.”—San Antonio Express-News
“Wukovits [brings] events to life with skill and vibrancy. In one such passage, describing the hardships the battalion endured during its Long Patrol on Guadalcanal, the author gives one of the most vivid accounts available of men fighting and trying to survive in a tropical jungle.”—Naval History
About The Author
John Wukovits is a military expert and an authority on U.S. history in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island, as well as several military biographies and many articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, World War II, The Journal of Military History, The Naval War College Review, and Air Power History.