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Canada's Secret Commandos: The unauthorized story of Joint Task Force Two [Paperback]

David Pugliese
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Feb. 6 2002
Author David Pugliese tells you everything the government doesn't want you to know about the most secret unit in the Canadian military today: Joint Task Force Two. Canada's Secret Commandos goes behind the scenes in uncovering the missions, training and inner workings of Canada's version of Delta Force and the SAS. The book reveals the unit's most secretive plans, including details about their current mission to Afghanistan in the war against terrorism, a bid to rescue Canadian peacekeepers held hostage in Bosnia, an even more dangerous scheme to launch an attack on terrorists in Peru, and commando missions in Nepal and the Central African Republic.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off!! April 8 2014
Format:Paperback
The price is a rip off!! I bought the book when I was in high school at chapters for about 20$ and
After reading it it wasn't even worth that much lol. It's like someone printed off some Wikipedia pages and put them in a cover......plus the info contained in the book is grossly inaccurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at Canada's top counter terrorist team Feb. 17 2002
By Ann L. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent read on Joint Task Force 2, Canada's version of Delta Force and the SAS. Lots of details on the history and missions of the team (Bosnia, Haiti, Nepal, Kosovo, Central Africa, Rwanda), info on weapons, aircraft etc. There is also a wide range of photos showing JTF2 guys doing their thing. I appreciated the extensive list of sources at the back of the book where the author lists that his information comes from. Most, if not all, are from official Canadian Forces documents and interviews (JTF2's unit history,etc) so it boasts the credibility and accuracy of the book. The one drawback, I found was that some of the photos are grainy, being taken from the official JTF2 training video but I can easily overlook that when compared with all the information that is presented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read on a New Spec Op Unit July 17 2003
By Damian Romard - Published on Amazon.com
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Pugliese pulls together a pretty good read on a unit that is so new, there is almost nothing known about it. Canada's top special operations unit appears to be more active than the country knows, and the author appears to have some unique insight to their missions. If you are interested in Special Forces, Delta, SEALs, SAS, GSG-9, GIGN and the like, this book will offer you an interesting perspective on Canada's counter-terrorism unit.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite factual June 15 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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but the author certainly treads where no other author has gone before and certainly gets the "essence" of the unit down. I thought he did a great job as well of illustrating how a country as free and democratic as Canada leans towards elements of ultrasecrecy for several of its governmental organizations including JTF2 where other governments openly discuss and brag about their Special Forces. Perhaps this book is best used to exemplify what is a failing of our military system in not using a force like JTF2 and other Canadian military units to increase recruitment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for all canadians May 4 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The amount of information the author gathered about jtf2 is very impressive, especially considering 99 percent of the canadian public has never hered of that unit. I learned a fare amount about jtf2 when I served in the Royal Canadian Regiment, but not nearly to the extent of this book, at the same time I'm sure there's a few things that this book did not uncover. I would recommend this book to all canadian citizins and anyone with an interest in special forces units.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight coverage of Canada's JTF2 Special Forces Unit June 16 2008
By Kiwi - Published on Amazon.com
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The author is a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen paper and has been writing about military affairs and the Canadian Armed Forces since 1982. The book's published by Espirit De Corps book, who also publish an independent military magazine for and about the Canadian Armed Forces. The book itself is pretty lightweight, especially when compared to books on other countries special forces units - 230 odd pages with widely spaced type, 55 odd b&w photos, of which perhaps 25% are of JTF2, the rest are a mixed bag of equipment, senior Canadian military officers and other countries personnel. Many of the JTF2 photos are of JTF2 operatives in bodyguard roles. Poor quality photo reproduction too. Also, as it was published in 2002, it's now more than a little dated.

Joint Task Force 2 is Canada's equivalent unit to the British SAS or the USA's Delta. As special forces units go, it's a relative late-comer, partially due to the usual Canadian waffling on all things related to military expenditure and decision making. NOT a strongpoint of Canadian politicians. Alas. And, incidentally, one of the problems illustrated in the book, where appropriate equipment seems to have been hard to come by in the past - and which still seems to be the case. Although that was 6 years ago and priorities have changed somewhat since then.

Moving on, the book itself covers JTF2's start-up and the drivers behind the decision to create such a unit (the only surprise here being as how it took the politicians so long to make such a obvious decision...., although on reflection on Canadian politicians, perhaps not such a surprise...) as well as giving an overview of it's counter-terrorist predecessor, an RCMP unit.

Also covers early training, Canadian Forces/JTF2 involvement in the Mohawk Reservation problems in the early 1990's, early counter-terrorist exercises within Canada, JTF2 assignments in Bosnia, the Congo, Rwanda and Haiti as well as a couple of other places. Content goes on to cover (as of 2002) selection, training, equipment (and problems with equipment and funding) and some discussion on JTF2's role in bodyguarding. There's also some coverage of the "problems" experienced with the Airborne Regiment (which led to it's disbanding by the Govt) as well as with some criminal activity associated with soldiers who were loosely associated with JTF2.

I give the book 3 stars overall, primarily for it's subject. If it wasn't the only book on JTF2, I'd give it one star for being very lightweight. Even areas (such as a summary of major terrorist organizations and of other countries special forces), where extensive information is available, are covered at a relatively trivial level. All in all, a pretty poor job, made desirable only by the lack of any other coverage on this unit. I wouldn't recommend buying unless you really want to know more about JTF2 specifically. On the other hand, there has never been much information available on JTF2 so at some level it's hard to say whether the failings are the authors, or simply the lack of available information. Give the lightweight coverage on things such as weapons, terrorist organizations and other countries special forces, I'm led to the conclusion that the shortcomings are with the author.
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