SHADOW WARRIORS: The Untold Stories of American Special Operations During WW II

In the early months of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt saw the need for enhancements to military in­telligence and recognized that the Ameri­can people needed some early successes in Africa and Europe and against the Empire of Japan. Inspired by the British model, the President authorized a national special operations section, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and sanctioned the development of commando-like mil­itary formations.

The Marine Corps responded to the challenge and formed Marine Raider bat­talions and para­chute battalions and detailed individuals with significant cul­tural and linguistic skills to intelli­gence-gathering assign­ments. In this book, Dick Camp provides intriguing insights into the Corps’ WW II “Shadow Warriors.”

Camp divides “Shadow Warriors” into two parts: the European theater and the Pacific theater. He then isolates what easily could be the most important, but least-known Marine unit and individual special operations’ contributions in these two major theaters of war.

Some of our Corps’ lesser-known shadow warriors served in WW II’s European theater. Camp introduces the reader to Colonel William “Bill” Eddy, a highly decorated WW I Marine, who served as a spymaster in Northern Africa leading up to the American invasion. His team of spies provided both information about the French Vichy government, their military disposition and information on the Ger­man and Italian forces. Col Eddy’s im­mense contributions certainly helped to accelerate Allied successes in Africa.

The last chapter in this important his­torical work focuses on another little-known shadowy figure—Marine Capt Frank Farrell. Farrell and his team para­chuted into Japanese-held Canton, China, two days after the Japanese capitulated. Having served in the Guadalcanal cam­paign, Farrell held no illusions about the fanatic nature of his foe. The urgent ques­tion was, Would the Japanese commanders obey the Emperor and peacefully sur­ren­der? But, Farrell and his team uncovered the unexpected, a Nazi spy ring.

Finding a Nazi spy ring to be very active in China, even after Germany surrendered to the Allies, Farrell reported this to the OSS and then continued to pursue the Nazi spies. The task was made more dif­ficult as the SS and Gestapo officers “went to ground” to escape Farrell’s counter­espionage efforts. Farrell’s investigations led to the prosecution and conviction of several important Nazi operators.

Dick Camp, a retired Marine colonel and prolific writer, has a tremendous back­ground in Marine Corps history, having been the deputy director as well as acting director of the Marine Corps History Division. He retired from his position as vice president for operations at the Na­tional Museum of the Marine Corps in 2012. His books are renowned for two essential elements: superb storytelling and historical accuracy. “Shadow Warriors” certainly lives up to that reputation. It’s cram-packed with excitement and the heroic tales of the lesser-known shadow warriors of the Marine Corps.

Editor’s note: A prolific reader and Leatherneck contributor, “Red Bob” Loring is dedicated to supporting social programs that improve the lives of citizens in Pasco County, Fla. He and his team of elves aid U.S. Marine Corps Reserve leathernecks in making each Christmas one of the very best for the Toys for Tots program in his community.

SHADOW WARRIORS: The Untold Stories of American Special Operations During WW II
By Dick Camp
Published by Zenith Press. 256 pages
Stock #0760344299
$27 MCA Members. $30  Regular Price

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