Leave No Man Behind: The Saga of Combat Search and Rescue
George Galdorisi and Thomas Phillips. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press, 2009. 656 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $30.
For nearly 100 years, countless air crews shot down behind enemy lines have been saved from capture or death by brave, dedicated combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) teams. This new and comprehensive history tracks the origin and development of CSAR from World War I to the present day.
As the preface underscores, CSAR crews are "specialists in a unique and particularly dangerous military field." Typically outnumbered and outgunned, they deliberately risk life and limb to save their comrades.
The risks they routinely face in such hazardous duties are the stuff of legend. Beyond exciting stories, the authors offer a fundamental debate on the future of U.S. CSAR plans and policies.