From bestselling author Patrick K. O’Donnell comes the
untold story of World War II’s first special operations combat
swimmers—the forerunners of today’s Navy SEALs.
In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men—among
them a dentist, a medical student, a Hollywood star, an archaeologist, a British
commando, and even former enemies of the Allies—formed an exceptional unit that
would later become the US Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the
Maritime Unit, it comprised America’s first swimmer-commandos, an elite breed
of warrior-spies who were decades ahead of their time when they created the
tactics, technology, and philosophy that live on in the Navy SEALs and shape
the battlefield of today.
During the war, the unit conducted some of the most daring
operations behind enemy lines, but after the war its astonishing record was
classified, lost, and buried—until now. In First SEALs, Patrick K.
O’Donnell tells the remarkable story of World War II’s Maritime Unit—one of the
greatest untold stories of World War II. Download and start listening now!