Special Forces

Special Forces

About Special Forces

Special forces, or special operations forces are terms used to describe highly-trained military units trained to perform unconventional, often high-risk missions. Special forces, as they would now be recognised, emerged in the early 20th century, with a significant growth in the field during the Second World War. Special forces have played an important role throughout the history of warfare whenever the aim has been to achieve disruption by 'hit and run' and sabotage, rather than more traditional conventional army combat. Other significant roles lay in reconnaissance, providing essential intelligence from close to or among the enemy, and increasingly in combating irregular forces, their infrastructure and activities.