Canada's Secret Commandos: The unauthorized story of Joint Task Force Two Paperback – Feb 6 2002
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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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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.