The Killer Instinct

The Killer Instinct

Product ID: 8003

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Author: O P Sabharwal
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 353
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171674852


This action packed book tells the story of Special Forces worldwide and examines these forces. How they are organized, trained and equipped? What are the tasks they carry out in combat? How do they operate in the battlefield? What is their role in countering terrorism? What will be their role in the context of future warfare?

Terrorism looms large as a major threat today to free societies of the world. It is a cheaper method of waging war. The only way the world can cope effectively with this threat is by co-operating internationally against it.

Tracing the history of raids and rescue missions from the raid on Somnath Temple by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1025 to those of Shivaji on the Mughals in 1663, it goes on to describe the rescue of Mussolini in Italy, and Israeli hostages from Entebbe Airport. Detailed descriptions and analysis of Second World War raids well as Indian Army commando action against the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir right up to August 1999 demonstrate the daring of the men who constitute the Special Forces today. With these modern-day Otto Skorzenys and David Stirlings at large, no citadel is secure enough, no army safe from penetration.

Illustrated throughout, The Killer Instinct is a highly readable account of past raids and rescues, terrorism and the face of the war in the new millennium.


Major General O P Sabharwal was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1955, and has taken active part in the counter insurgency operations in Northeast India. He saw action in 1962 against China and in 1965 and 1971 against Pakistan. A graduate of the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, India, he was the first Indian officer to receive the international Research Fellowship at the Defense University of Washington DC in 1983. During his tenure as India's Military and Naval AttachT in Washington for over three years, he was made honorary citizen of the state of Tennessee and the city of El Paso, Texas, USA.