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Callsign Nassau

Dutch Army Special Forces in Action in the "New World Disorder"

Based on exclusive interviews with personnel and materials from the archives of the Royal Netherlands Army Special Forces Regiment, Callsign Nassau reveals the unique history of the Dutch Green Berets and their operations in the post-Cold War era.

Arthur ten Cate and Martijn van der Vorm trace how the Netherlands transformed its Army Special Forces Regiment after 1989 for use in international interventions. Focusing on the Special Forces’ secret missions abroad—especially in Iraq, Afghanistan, and West Africa—this book provides exceptional insights into the Dutch commando community, the use of the Special Forces in modern coalition warfare, and the challenges facing contemporary counterinsurgency campaigns. 

298 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016

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Table of Contents

Based on a Rich Tradition
At a Crossroads
Military Practice

Chapter 1        The Transformation of a Regiment
                        Provide Comfort
                        A New Focus for the Army
                        Implementing the Transformation
                        A New Special Operations Forces Doctrine
                        The New World Disorder
                        The ‘Special Operations Commando’
                        By Land, by Water, by Air
                        An Expeditionary Quick Reaction Force
                        Focus on Military Assistance
                        Change and Continuity

Chapter 2        Dutch Commandos in the Balkans
                        Drama in Srebrenica
                        The Death of Yugoslavia
                        The Dayton Peace Agreement: A New Mission
                        Supporting Mechbat
                        Hunting PIFWCs
                        Powder Keg Kosovo
                        Deployment in Macedonia
                        Looking Back

Chapter 3        Post 9/11: To Afghanistan
                        A New Era
                        Commandos in Kabul
                        Car Bombs and Wrangling Warlords
                        Countering ‘Minor Terrorism’
                        In Support of the Corps
                        Between Peacekeeping and Counter-Terrorism

Chapter 4        Gentle Occupation
                        Controversy and Speculation
                        Operation Close Watch
Falconers and Smugglers
                        Intelligence-Gathering and Arrest Operations
                        Violence in the ‘Province of Peace’
                        Insurgency Round Two
                        Calmer Waters and Mission’s End
                        After Action Review

Chapter 5        Operation Benno
Back to Afghanistan
                        In the ‘Land of Sand’
                        Task Group Orange
                        All Quiet in Windmill
                        Battlefield Uruzgan
                        Time of War?

Chapter 6        Into the War Zone
                        The Battle for Chora
                        Move to Contact
                        Second Base Camp
                        Operation Perth-Chitaq
                        Discussing COIN
                        Winter Front
                        The Second Battle for Chora
                        The Attack on Deh Rawod District
                        Frontline Duty

Chapter 7        Counter-Insurgency
                        Back to the South
                        Background and Preparation
                        A New Strategy for Afghanistan
                        Camp Achnacarry Resurrected
                        Attacking Insurgents’ Sanctuaries
                        Maritime SOF in the Lead
                        Securing the Withdrawal
                        A Closer Look

Awards for Valour KCT 1989-2016
Consulted Sources and Literature


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