SOF in Large-Scale Combat Operations: An Operational-Level Analysis of the British SOE in Crete and Greece during World War II
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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In a global environment characterized by increasing complexity and parity between great power states, the possibility of large-scale combat operations is an emergent exigency. Application of Special Operations Forces SOF power is often thought of within the confines of low-intensity, or irregular conflicts and not the manifestation of large-scale combat. This monograph seeks to identify the modes of special operations activities applied by the British Special Operations Executive SOE in Crete and Greece during World War II as a means to understand SOF roles, functions, capabilities, and limitations intrinsic of a large-scale conflict setting. When reconciled against contemporary doctrine, the SOEs activities affirm several USSOF doctrinal activities and tasks. The cumulative effects of the SOEs activities diverted, disrupted, delayed, and destroyed enemy forces relative to Allied conventional forces deep areas or peripheral areas of interest, a significant planning consideration should a future large-scale conflict emerge.
- Unconventional Warfare
- Humanities and History