In the world of special forces, the only unit which secrecy has been kept all these years is Delta Force (1st SFOD-D). This video highlights real-deal Delta Force operators in probably the only publicly-available video available on the internet.
The video itself dates from 2008 and it leaked during the height of the Iraq war. The video crept its way onto YouTube and caused quite a splash when it hit the net at the time. Rumors around the video claimed it was put together by the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta to help recruit new members to “The Unit.” because, at the time, they were very seriously undermanned and at some operations, they were mixed with U.S. Navy Seals in order to be fully mission capable and operational.
The footage features tactical driving, vehicle takedowns from a Little Bird and Lots of breaching but most awesome of all (and for those who look carefully) viewers can see one of the final exams for future Delta operators during their assaulter courses. Take a look at this rare footage and enjoy.
Navy SEAL Close Quarters Combat back in 2003
Close quarters combat or just CQC is the term mostly used by special forces operators. In fact, CQC is a tactical concept that involves a physical confrontation between several combatants. It can take place between military units, police/corrections and criminals, and other similar scenarios. In the last 20 years, a lot of major events permanently changed the world. The warfare shifted from large-scale operations to the small precise raids carried by special forces.
In warfare, CQC usually consists of small specialized units or teams engaging the enemy with small arms at the very short range, up to 100 meters, from proximity hand-to-hand combat to close-quarter target negotiation with short-range firearms.
In the typical close quarters combat scenario, the offenders try a very fast, violent takeover of a vehicle or structure controlled by the defenders, who usually have no easy way to withdraw. Because enemies, hostages/civilians, and fellow operators can be closely intermingled, close quarters combat demands a rapid assault and a precise application of lethal force. The operators need great proficiency with their weapons, and the ability to make split-second decisions in order to minimize accidental casualties.
Much material relating to close quarters combat is written from the perspective of the authorities who must break into the stronghold where the opposing force has barricaded itself. Typical examples would be commando operations behind enemy lines and hostage rescues.
Since the global war on terror, many things changed including the close quarters combat tactics and techniques. Navy SEALs, Delta, Green Berets, and all other SOF units are mostly unitarised their tactics and techniques, but still, they are developing their own styles with a slight difference between each. I have found a rare video of Navy SEAL operators training the CQC. Since then, principles of assault are relatively same: detailed planning, surprise, methods of entry, speed, the violence of action.
Interview with legendary SAS Veteran John McAleese
John Thomas “Mac” McAleese, MM was a Scottish soldier who took part in several late 20th century conflicts with the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment, including the famous storming of the Iranian Embassy in London during a hostage-taking siege incident in May 1980. He entered service in 1969 and retired in 1992. He died on August 26, 2011.
His heritage in the world of special forces was huge, and especially during the nineties, he was one of the main instructors for various special forces units around the world. Here you can see his interview and lookup on some special forces tactics. More about John Mac can be found here.
Other parts and videos related to SAS, and the world’s special forces can be found here.