Special Forces


Official catalog of the exhibition of the same name at the Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel National des Invalides from: Wednesday October 12, 2022 to Sunday January 29, 2023

The special forces, present in all of France's military engagements, are often the first units to arrive in theaters of operation and the last to leave. On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Special Operations Command, founded in 1992, the catalog of the "Special Forces" exhibition at the Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides invites us to discover those who serve there and carry out targeted operations. , where France's interests abroad are at stake.
It traces the evolution of their intervention from the end of the 19th century to the present day, from research and intelligence actions to the release of hostages and the fight against terrorist organizations. Based on the texts of eminent specialists from research and the military world, this book plunges us into the intimacy of the men and women of the special forces by giving the floor to more than sixty general officers, past and present team members and members of their families.
Abundantly illustrated with field photographs, unpublished objects of great diversity and a sketchbook of a former team member of the special forces, this reference work is enriched by an unpublished portfolio of photographer Edouard Elias.


French language

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19,5 cm × 26,0 cm × 3,2 cm
La Martinière
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Special Forces
Special Forces