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European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

Leigh Neville Adam Hook



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Osprey Publishing
01 November 2017
History; Military history: post WW2 conflicts; Police & security services; Terrorism, armed struggle; Special & elite forces
The Munich Olympics massacre in 1972 was a shock awakening to the public. In the decades since, European countries have faced a wide range of threats from Palestinian and home-grown terrorists, to the more recent world-wide jihadists. The threats they pose are widespread from aircraft hi-jacking and political assassinations to urban warfare against security forces, and murderous attacks on civilian crowd targets, forcing governments have had to invest ever-greater efforts in countering these threats.

This book traces the evolution of police (and associated military) counter-terrorist forces across Europe over the past 45 years. Using specially commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs, it details their organization, missions, specialist equipment, and their growing cross-border co-operation.
By:   Leigh Neville
Illustrated by:   Adam Hook
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   220
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm, 
Weight:   215g
ISBN:   9781472825278
ISBN 10:   1472825276
Series:   Elite
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   01 November 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Undergraduate ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Munich 1972, and after/The evolving threats: Palestinian, extreme leftist (e.g. Red Army Faction), home-grown separatist (ETA, IRA), early jihadist, al Qaeda and its franchises, ISIS/The responses: Germany (GSG9, regional SEKs, KSK) - France (GIGN, RAID, BRI and military CT units) - Britain: police (SCO19, CT-SFO, etc); military (SAS, SBS CT elements ) - Spain and Italy (GOE; NOCS, GIS) - Other NATO and European units (Polish BOA-KGP and GROM; Belgian DSU 'Diane'; Irish Garda ERU and Army Ranger Wing; Austrian EKO Cobra; Danish AKSA; Dutch UIM (BBNE); Norwegian ERU)/The ATLAS network - international collaboration/Weapons, equipment and vehicles/Other specialist technologies

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. He can be contacted via his website at

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