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On War and Leadership by Owen Connelly

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XVIII

Nicholas F. “Nick” Vaux

(1936– )

VAUX AND THE HAPPY WARRIORS OF 42 COMMANDO

NICK VAUX is given a chapter here because of he commanded the 42 Commando, Royal Marines, in the Falklands War. Since World War II, the major powers have depended increasingly on Special Operations Forces (SOF) to handle emergencies—“peace-keeping,” assisting a given side in a small war, spearheading a larger conflict, damping a terrorist situation, and the like. The British SOF are of the finest. They include the SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service), which recruit men largely for covert operations, and the Royal Marine Commandos, who are the “happy warriors.” Vaux and “the 42” in the Falklands provide a good example of elite unit operations. ...

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