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Special Ops: Journal of the Elite Forces & SWAT Units Vol. 43
64 page book.

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Manufacturer: Concord Publications
Stock Number: CON 5543
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ISBN 962-361-162-5, 64 pages, 215 color photos

This book contains these articles:

1) Enzian and Stern - Swiss Special Intervention Units in Berne
Switzerland has a unique system whereby each canton has its own police SWAT team, and in the case of Berne, it has Enzian and Stern. Enzian is a fulltime dedicated counterterrorism unit, while Stern's part-time members specialize in such duties as hostage rescue and VIP protection. This article shows police officers in full combat gear and with their whole range of equipment as they engage in exercise rehearsals. The author has successfully managed to convey the essence of these two units in word and picture, though since this article was written, both units have actually merged into a new entity known as Police Bern.

2) Joint Combined Exercise Cold Response
Exercise Cold Response was held in Norway during winter time, with a total of 10,000 troops from 11 nations participating in it. This guarantees a wide range of soldiers and vehicles are covered in this in-depth article. Vehicles include the Norwegian CV9030N, Leopard 2A4NO, M109A3GN, NM-113A2, various Bv 206, Swedish Strv 103 tank and CV9040A, as well as the British BvS10 Viking. Of course, soldiers in full winter gear and their personal weapons feature throughout too. The photos are of superb quality and show man and machine in all kinds of winter scenes. At the end of the article are features on the British BvS10 and the novel AMOS (Armored MOrtar System) twin-barreled mortar mounted on a Swedish CV90 hull.

3) Aussies in Iraq
Australia has given unstinting support to the U.S.-led Coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan, and this article examines the role played by "Aussies" in Iraq since 2003. The article's text includes a precis of Australia's involvement in the invasion in 2003, outlining the exploits of its Special Forces personnel in particular. Photos show SAS and Commando Regiment personnel and equipment, before moving on to subsequent deployments involving 8x8 ASLAVs and 4x4 Bushmasters. The coverage includes the invasion and the years beyond, with a number of up-to-date photographs included. The overall number of Aussies in Iraq may be small but their contribution has been great!

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