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Reference Library

This is by no means a complete list of U.S. Army Special Forces reference materials. I'll continue to add to the list as I check out the materials. Please feel free to submit your recommendations.

Department of the Army Publications

  • Doctrine for Special Forces Operations, FM 31-20, Department of the Army, April 1990.
  • Doctrine for Army Special Operations Forces, FM 100-25, Department of the Army, April 1990.
  • Special Forces Operational Techniques, FM 31-20, Department of the Army, 1965.
  • Special Forces Air Operations, TC 31-24, Department of the Army, September 1988.
  • Special Forces Waterborne Operations, TC 31-25, Department of the Army, October 1988.
  • Special Operations Forces Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Operations, FM 34-36, Department of the Army, July 1990.
  • To Free from Opression: A Concise History of U.S. Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psycholoqical Operations and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Stanley Sandler, USASOC Historical Monograph Series, 1994.
  • U.S. Army Operational Concept for Special Operations Forces, TRADOC PAM 525-34, Department of the Army, July 1984.
  • U.S. Army Special Forces Medical Handbook, ST 31-91B, Volumes 1 and 2, U.S. Army Institute for Military Assistance, 1982.
  • Vietnam Studies: U.S. Army Special Forces, 1961-1971. Col. Francis J. Kelly, Department of the Army, 1973.


  • The Company They Keep: Life Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces. Anna Simmons, The Free Press (Simon & Schuster), 1997.   New
  • Commando: Winning the Green Beret. Hugh McManners, BBC Publications, October 1995.
  • Unconventional Warfare: Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces (The Rediscovering Government Series). Susan L. Marquis, Brookings Institute, June 1997.
  • Delta: America's Elite Counterterrorist Force (The Power Series). Terry Griswold, D.M. Giangreco, Motorbooks, September 1992.
  • Concise History of U.S. Army Special Operations Forces, Vol. 1. Geoffrey T. Barker, Anglo-American Publishing, 1993.
  • Five Years to Freedom. James N. Rowe, New York, Ballantine, 1981.
  • Green Berets at War: U.S. Army Special Forces in Southeast Asia, 1956-1975. Shelby L. Stanton, Presidio Press, 1985.
  • Green Berets: Unconventional Warriors. Hans Halberstadt, Presidio Press, California, 1988.
  • Inside the Green Berets: The First Thirty Years. Charles M. Simpson, III, USA, Ret., Presidio Press, 1983.
  • From OSS to Green Berets: The Birth of Special Forces. Aaron Bank, Col., USA, Ret., Presidio Press, 1986.
  • The Commandos. Douglas C. Waller, Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  • Outpost of Freedom, Roger H. C. Donlon, New York: McGraw Hill, 1965.
  • U.S. Army Special Warfare: Its Origins. Alfred H. Paddock, National Defense University, 1982.
  • U.S. Army Special Forces 1952-1984. Gordon L. Rottman, Osprey Elite Series, Osprey Publishing, Ltd., London, 1985.
  • The New Face of War: Commando Operations. Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia, 1991.
  • A Murder In Wartime: The Untold Spy Story that Changed the Course of the Vietnam War. Jeff Stein, St. Martin's Press, NY, 1992.
  • Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era. Stephen Emerson, G.P. Putnam Sons, NY, 1988.
  • Code Name: Copperhead: My True-Life Exploits as a Special Forces Soldier. SGM Joe R. Garner with Avrum M. Fine, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1994.
  • Uneasy Warriors - Coming Back Home: The Perilous Journey of the Green Berets. Vincent Coppola, Longstreet Press, Atlanta, GA., 1995.
  • The Raid. Benjamin F. Schemmer, Avon Books, 1976.
  • War Story. Jim Morris
  • Mike Force. LTC "Bucky" Burrus.
  • War Stories of the Green Berets: The Vietnam Experience. Hans Halberstadt, Motorbooks International Publishers & Wholesalers, Osceola, WI, 1994.


  • The Green Berets. Robin Moore, 1966.
  • Crossfire. J.C. Pollock, Dell Publishing, 1982.
  • Mission M.I.A. J.C. Pollock, Dell Publishing, 1985.
  • Clear and Present Danger. Tom Clancy, 1990.


  • Executive Decision. 1996 (Stephen Segal)
  • Dumbo Drop. 1995 (Danny Glover).
  • Clear and Present Danger. 1994 (Harrison Ford).
  • The Green Berets. 1967, (John Wayne).
  • The Deer Hunter. (Robert DeNiro).




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