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TAPS – Major General Sidney Shachnow

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Major General Sidney Shachnow.

As you all know he was the commander of Detachment”A” from 1972-1974.

He was an icon in Special Forces, he was a highly decorated warrior and a superb leader.

His list of achievements were numerous during his long and accomplished career.

He was a friend and he will be missed greatly.

The Fayetteville Observer published the following article:

Bob Charest
The man who brought Detachment”A” in from the cold

New Book Masters of Mayhem – James Stejskal

Detachment”A” member James Stejskal has written his third book entitled Masters of Mayhem.

Click for more info on Masters of Mayhem

Book Overview

Striking where the enemy is weakest and melting away into the darkness before he can react. Never confronting a stronger force directly, but willing to use audacity and surprise to confound and demoralize an opponent. Operations driven by good intelligence, area knowledge, mobility, speed, firepower, and detailed planning executed by a few specialists with indigenous warriors – this is unconventional warfare.

T. E. Lawrence was one of the earliest practitioners of modern unconventional warfare. His tactics and strategies were used by men like Mao and Giap in their wars of liberation. Both kept Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom close at hand. This book looks at the creation of the HEDGEHOG force, the formation of armored car sections and other units, and focuses on the Hejaz Operations Staff, the Allied officers and men who took Lawrence’s idea and prosecuted it against the Ottoman Turkish army assisting Field Marshal Allenby to achieve victory in 1918.

Stejskal concludes with an examination of how HEDGEHOG has influenced special operations and unconventional warfare, including Field Marshal Wavell, the Long Range Desert Group, and David Stirling’s SAS.