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Plaster, John L.

Overview
Works: 27 works in 60 publications in 2 languages and 2,121 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Biography  Handbooks and manuals  Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John L Plaster
SOG : the secret wars of America's commandos in Vietnam by John L Plaster( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2019 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SOG was the most secret elite U.S. military unit to serve in the war in Vietnam, so secret it was "black"--Meaning its very existence was carefully concealed, even denied by the government. Innocuously code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG contained only volunteers from such elite units as the Army Green Berets, USAF Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, and answered directly to the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs, with some missions requiring approval from the White House. Inside Vietnam, only General William Westmoreland and a few senior non-SOG officers were briefed on SOG activities. Now the never-before-revealed exploits of this top-secret commando unit are vividly recounted by Major John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran
Secret commandos : behind enemy lines with the elite warriors of SOG by John L Plaster( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Vietnam commando unit leader shares the story of secret operations along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and Cambodia, describing the efforts of small teams to capture enemy officers, rescue pilots, and collect intelligence
The ultimate sniper : an advanced training manual for military & police snipers by John L Plaster( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SOG : A Photo History of the Secret wars. by John L Plaster( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sniper Anthology : Snipers of the Second World War( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Revered by some as the ultimate warrior and condemned by others as ruthless assassins, the combat sniper is more than just a crack shot. This collection of biographies, written by leading military historians, explores the careers of the top snipers of World War II. Snipers are highly disciplined, calm professionals skilled in marksmanship, reconnaissance, and camouflage. During World War II, these lethal fighters were deployed by both sides to deadly effect. Because they were condemned as cold-hearted killers who took lives without risking their own, sniper veterans often concealed their wartime duties. However, modern snipers, and those of the past, are recognized today as representing the peak of combat skills. The remarkable stories of ten combat snipers of the Second World War are told by military men aptly skilled to do so. Drawing on firsthand accounts that have never been published, the authors supply details of their subjects to give graphic insight into each sniper's skill. As well as providing incisive technical information, authors offer a glimpse of the character and personality of their chosen snipers, giving them a human face. The list of snipers includes World War II's most accomplished fighting figures such as Finland's Simo Häyhä; Germany's finest shooter, Sepp Allerberger; Russia's famed Vassili Zaitsev and Lyudmila Pavlichenko; and America's Bert Kemp. These stories detail the bitter cold in which Eastern Front snipers Zaitsev and Allerberger often fought; the stinking, steaming jungles where Japanese snipers lost their lives atop palm trees; tales of personal revenge that drove Pavlichenko; how Häyhä applied his skills as a moose hunter and skier to become World War II's deadliest sniper; and how West Tennessee farmer Bert Kemp used his amazing ability for precision and almost supernatural marksmanship to become one of America's unsung heroes. These gripping, in-depth narratives go beyond the cursory treatment in existing histories and are essential reading for anyone wanting to learn about the role and technique of the sniper during the Second World War."--Publisher's website
The history of sniping and sharpshooting by John L Plaster( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty-six months in combat. Twenty-four years as a sniping instructor. Twenty years of exhaustive research, including decades spent seeking out hundreds of historic volumes long out of print, test-firing historic firearms, walking Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields with a laser rangefinder, and visiting military museums in the United States and Europe
Sog : the secret wars of American's commandos in Vietnam by John L Plaster( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SOG was the most secret elite U.S. military unit to serve in the war in Vietnam, so secret it was "black"--Meaning its very existence was carefully concealed, even denied by the government. Innocuously code-named the Studies and Observations Group, SOG contained only volunteers from such elite units as the Army Green Berets, USAF Air Commandos, and Navy SEALs, and answered directly to the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs, with some missions requiring approval from the White House. Inside Vietnam, only General William Westmoreland and a few senior non-SOG officers were briefed on SOG activities. Now the never-before-revealed exploits of this top-secret commando unit are vividly recounted by Major John L. Plaster, a three-tour SOG veteran
Sharpshooting in the Civil War by John L Plaster( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Comprehensive in scope, this book details how sharpshooters were recruited, trained, and organized. Plaster fully explores their armaments, their tactics and techniques, and how they operated (sometimes decisively) in battle. Discover dozens of accomplished and colorful but forgotten sharpshooters who, until now, had faded into the past. Exhaustively researched and profusely illustrated, these pages contain more than 160 rarer photos, along with original artwork"--Page 4 of cover
SOG : the secrets wars of America's commandos of Vietnam by John L Plaster( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sniping in the trenches : World War I and the birth of modern sniping by John L Plaster( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dear Mark by Susan Clotfelter Jimison( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Dear Mark, her debut memoir, Jimison relates the heart-wrenching story of losing her only brother in the Vietnam War and her search almost three decades later to locate the men who served with Mark in his helicopter unit."--Back cover
Ultimate sniper : the video( Visual )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Plaster takes you into the woods and onto the range to teach you the lessons and tricks he has picked up in his years as a Special Forces SOG recon team leader and later as a sniping instructor. All areas of fieldcraft, marksmanship, and tactics are covered
SOG : the secret wars of America's commandos of Vietnam by John L Plaster( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pro sniper( Visual )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reveals the skills and mindset which have made the sniper the backbone of every modern tactical unit. A must for every police, shooting or military film collection."
Carlos Hathcock : Marine sniper : war stories and tactical tips from the master sniper( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hathcock, the founder of USMC sniper school at Quantico and a military/police sniping instructor, describes his most famous engagements and offers his unique insights on differences between sniper training for the military and police SWAT teams, the most important skill for a sniper, city vs. country boys as snipers, foolproof ways to motivate your men, shot placement, the importance of patience, how to use concealment and camouflage, proven practice techniques, target selection and much more
Advanced ultimate sniper : state-of-the-art tactics, techniques, and equipment for military and police snipers( Visual )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Plaster takes you to the Rocky Mountains and the frozen tundra for advanced lessons in sniper tactics and fieldcraft. This is a graduate course in sniper warfare
Browning machine gun caliber .50 hb, m2 : fm23-65 by John L Plaster( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[O]peration reunion( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riveting and powerful, this unique series helps veterans scarred by their wartime experiences, find closure
Snajperzy drugiej wojny światowej : pełne dramatyzmu relacje z pierwszej ręki o najzuchwalszych akcjach wojennych( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SOG : the secret wars of America's commandos in Vietnam by John L Plaster( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Recounts covert operations by American special forces codenamed the Studies and Operations Group in the Vietnam War. The SOG rescued downed pilots, sabotaged targeted installations, and sapped enemy troop strength. The author depicts the valour and sacrifices of these secret warriors. Descriptions of violence. c1997
 
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Secret commandos : behind enemy lines with the elite warriors of SOGThe ultimate sniper : an advanced training manual for military & police snipersSOG : A Photo History of the Secret wars.The Sniper Anthology : Snipers of the Second World WarThe history of sniping and sharpshootingSog : the secret wars of American's commandos in VietnamSharpshooting in the Civil WarSOG : the secrets wars of America's commandos of Vietnam
Alternative Names
John Plaster Amerikaans soldaat

John Plaster Recipient of the Purple Heart medal

Plaster, John L.

Languages
English (52)

Polish (1)