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European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017 Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review February 2018 Title European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017
Author Leigh Neville Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2017 ISBN 9781472825278
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95


The 1972 Munich terrorist attack on Israeli Olympic athletes – and the unprepared German government's subsequent, disastrous attempt to kill or capture the terrorists – proved a wake-up call. Within weeks, Western European nations formed specialist counter-terrorist (CT) capabilities as part of police and military units.

In European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017 – number 220 in Osprey's "Elite" range – author Leigh Neville briefly examines the lessons of Munich and resulting CT intervention tactics, techniques and equipment developed. Neville devotes most of the book's coverage to individual countries European CT units, such as Germany's GSG9 and France's GIGN.

Over 40 photographs and artwork by Adam Hook supplement the author's narrative. A selected biography, glossary of abbreviations, and an index complete contents.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!