First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit

First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit

by Patrick K. O'Donnell

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In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men united to form an exceptional unit. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America's first swimmer-commandos—an elite breed of warrior-spies who were decades ahead of their time when they created the tactics, technology, and philosophy that live on in today's Navy SEALs. Often armed only with knives and wearing nothing more than swim trunks and flippers, the Maritime Unit's combat swimmers and other operatives carried out seaborne clandestine missions in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean theaters of World War II. In First SEALs, Patrick K. O'Donnell unearths their incredible history—one of the greatest untold stories of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306824142
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 508,132
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Patrick K. O'Donnell is a combat historian who has written nine books, including the William E. Colby Award winner Beyond Valor, Dog Company, and We Were One (selected for the Marine Commandant's Professional Reading List). The author is the recipient of numerous awards include the prestigious OSS Society's John Waller Award. Visit him at and

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First SEALs: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
History-Enthusiast_1003 More than 1 year ago
WOW! First SEALs serves up an action packed untold written like a novel. The book chronicles everything from the invention of the rebreather (SCUBA-- the designer coined term) to solo missions in the Aegean and parachuting into the most dangerous parts of Nazi Germany. SEALs is beautifully written and really brings some amazing heroes to life. Decades ahead of their time, under the toughest circumstances, without funding and practically overnight they forge many of the capabilities of modern SEALs. No wonder the modern military is looking back at what these men accomplished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely original and thrilling read. First SEALs is brilliantly researched, unearthing a true untold story on the OSS operatiomal swimmers, the closest thing to today's Navy SEALs. O'Donnell's dtorytelling is exceptional and brings to life the chaotic period when America didn't have special operations units and how remarkable men stepped up to answer the call. Great book.