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First Special Forces From WWII | Scout
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First Special Forces From WWII | Scout

In 1942, the culmination of a crazy idea from a British officer — known as Project Plough — yielded one of the most top-notch fighting forces of World War II.

The project called for a small, highly-trained group to parachute into Norway to conduct guerrilla operations against the Germans there. When the plan came across the desk of Lt. Col. Robert Frederick at the War Department in 1942, he reported to his boss, then-Maj. Gen. Eisenhower, that the plan was unworkable.

However, Eisenhower needed to build cohesion between the British and Americans and decided to form the unit anyway.

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