US Army Rangers 1989-2015

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  • Author: Leigh Neville
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis

Written by an expert on modern Special Forces units and the operations they undertake, this book explains the evolution of the Rangers missions in Panama, the first Gulf War, Somalia and the post 9/11 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. It reveals the training and organizational changes that the unit has undergone and investigates in particular how their doctrine and tactics have changed during the 14-year war in Afghanistan.

At the beginning of the war the Rangers were an elite light infantry unit of picked men tasked with short duration recon raids and securing ground behind enemy lines in support of Special Forces they have since evolved into a special-mission unit themselves - on the cusp of being assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command.


Leigh Neville is an Australian national who has written a number of books on both modern conventional military units and special operations forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, their weapons and their vehicles, including six titles for Osprey with several more in development. He has also consulted on military topics for several wargame companies and television documentary makers. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two dogs.


  • Introduction - the ranger in history, as a behind-the-lines guerrilla soldier - the US Army Rangers, from World War II to Vietnam and after
  • Changes in structure and operational remit since the 1980s - Ranger Indocrination Program, Ranger Assessment & Selection Program, Ranger School, and the Ranger Regiment
  • Operation Just Cause: Panama, 1989 - the Rangers last conventional war
  • Op Desert Storm: Iraq, 1991 - from combat search-and-rescue to long-range heliborne assault
  • Op Gothic Serpent: Somalia, 1993 - the lessons of Black Hawk Down!
  • Op Enduring Freedom: Afghanistan, 2001-present - the wide range of missions accomplished, and coordination with other special units
  • Op Iraqi Freedom, 2003-1010 - from hunting Scuds, to hunting down al-Qaeda as part of the JSOC Task Force - comparisons with Afghanistan
  • The evolution of the modern Ranger - the Ranger Reconaissance Company & Regimental Special Troops Battalion
  • The future
  • Weapons, equipment and vehicles
  • Bibliography

Used with permission, copyright 2016 The Osprey Group. Copyright 2016 Brey Corp. t/a Hobby Works.

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