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Category: In The Fight – Unit Profiles (page 1 of 3)

US-Canadian First Special Service Force

The First Special Service Force was a unique bi-national commando unit comprised of soldiers from the US and Canadian armies that was raised during WWII. 

1st SSF spearhead patch

The First Special Service Force was activated on 9 July 1942 as a joint Canadian-U.S. force of three infantry battalions and a service battalion. Fort William Henry Harrison in Helena, Montana was chosen as the primary training location, due to its flat terrain for airborne training and its close proximity to mountains for ski and winter training. Following its initial training period in Montana, the FSSF relocated to Camp Bradford, Virginia, on 15 April 1943, and to Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, on 23 May 1943.


Members of ‘The Force’ conducting parachute training at Ft. William Henry Harrison.  Public domain copyright, Wikipedia

On 10 July the Devil’s Brigade sailed for the Aleutian Islands off Alaska. On 15 August 1943, 1st SSF was part of the invasion force of the island of Kiska, but after discovering the island was recently evacuated by Japanese forces, it re-embarked and left ship at Camp Stoneman, California, and returned to Fort Ethan Allen, arriving 9 September 1943.

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Marinejegerkommandoen: Norwegian Special Forces in action

Norwegian Naval Special Ops

Utti Jaeger Battalion – Finnish Army Special Forces

Finnish Special Operations Forces Video

Exercise “Tears of the Sun”

Exercise “Tears of the Sun”, took place a couple of weeks ago in Toulouse, France, as a key interoperability exercise between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste (11e BP), which is at the forefront of closer military co-operation between Britain and France.


Both brigades are rapid reaction forces, held at high readiness to deploy on operations anywhere in the world. They form the Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (I-CJEF) for contingency operations, ranging from disaster relief to war fighting.

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In The Fight: Duchy of Grand Fenwick “Special Operations Brigade” vs. People’s Republic of Katatonia “Katatonic Operations Division”

In a forgotten back corner of the continent, two little-known European countries are still locked in their very own, and very real, miniature “Cold War”.  The animosity between these two states stretches back so far into their histories that most citizens simply believe that “it has always been this way”.

On the one hand is the Anglo-Germanic Duchy of Grand Fenwick.

Duchy of Grand Fenwick National Flag 1024x768_copyright Lawrence Holsworth

On the other is the secretive People’s Republic of Katatonia


However, although both countries are so small that they barely register on most maps, they both possess quite modern looking and decently equipped special operations forces.

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