The Special Operations History Foundation is a rare W4: Something we’re proposing not because of what it has done so far, but for its potential. The idea seems to be, a clearinghouse of original primary source material, mostly video, but it’s very sparse at this time with only a couple of civil affairs events, the Ranger/160th video we posted yesterday, and some photos from a routine administrative airborne operation by the late, lamented 12th Special Forces Group (USAR). 

The mission of the Special Operations History Foundation is to provide a digital repository of material relating to Special Operations Forces, to document and record the oral history of the Special Operations Community and provide scholars and authors interested in Special Operations a research tool.

via Special Operations History Foundation | About.

This site has great potential. Either we got a snapshot of it in its initial stages, or it died aborning and is one of those undead sites that clutter the net… if we monitor it for a while and more material is added, it’s the former; if it stays static, the latter.

So this is our first W4 that’s a complete toss of the dice. In the meantime, you can explore the current content rather quickly. Again, if they don’t continue adding to it, there’s going to be less Special Operations history there than there is here.

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Former Special Forces 11B2S, later 18B, weapons man. (Also served in intelligence and operations jobs in SF).

4 thoughts on “Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Special Operations History Foundation

Boat Guy

Shameless Plug

We Boat Guys have a pretty vibrant “clearinghouse of original primary source material ” albeit mostly written and photographic at

Hognose Post author

Check out Wheatcroft’s S-boat restoration in the UK. It’s actually one of the Slapton Sands boats.

As I understand it (and I am not a Boat Guy, although I used to enjoy messing about in them) they were displacement boats that were as fast as US or UK planing boats, thanks to really good naval architecture and powerplant engineering.

Boat Guy

At one point our Brit brothers down in Poole had the “LRIC” (Long Range Insertion Craft) which was a wave-piercer. Another navy in the Levant has something similar. One big advantage to these over planing hulls is you don’t get beaten up; many of us are experiencing “Cervical Spine Degeneration” as a result of what was the BEST job most of us ever had. It was bad enough for us but I did feel bad if the folks we were delivering had a rough ride and THEN had to go to work

The S-boats were wicked fast for the reasons you allude to – wonder what would happen today if we had a “Slapton Sands”?

Hognose Post author

ISTR there was an insertion craft recently that was so punitive to the crew that they scrapped them. The odd thing was was that it seemed to be based on a COTS boat used for high-speed foul weather offshore installation servicing, and I can’t imagine those guys tolerating punched kidneys.