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New Book Masters of Mayhem – James Stejskal

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

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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.

PSSE Memorial Stone Dedication

The U.S. Army Physical Security Support Element-Berlin (PSSE) Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. James E. Kraft Jr., the deputy commanding general of USASOC on 16 April 2018.  Many former PSSE members were in attendance.

The following article was posted by the
Fayetteville Observer Article

Group Photo at PSSE Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony 16 April 2018

 

TAPS – Major(Ret) Dieter Protsch

Dieter H.B. Protsch, Major, U.S. Army (Ret) Special Forces and 82 Airborne, Ft. Bragg, N.C. who resided in Hagerstown, MD passed away on March 30, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at home.

Born in Berlin, Germany April 29, 1932, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany.

He retired in 1976, after 20 years of service.

Dieter was a member of Detachment”A” and served as a Team Leader in 1963.  He is the author of the book Be All You Can Be:  From a Hitler Youth in WWII to a US Army Green Beret. 

Herald Media Article

A Life Remembered — Dieter Protsch