The Russian Special Forces are known as the Spetsnaz GRU, or simply the
GRU. They are considered the most highly trained of all of the special forces in Russia and have been around since just after the second World War.
The Spetsnaz GRU worked in reconnaissance during WWII and after the war was reorganized. They are [...]
The Romania Special Forces are called the Eagles and are also known as the 1st Special Operations Battalion. They are a special operations force unified of all of the Romanian Armed Forces.
The Romanian Special Forces Battalion began in the late 1990s under NATO, but changed rapidly after the events of September 11, 2001 in [...]
The special forces of Portugal are known as CTOE, which stands for Centro de Tropes de Operacoes Especiais, meaning Special Operations Troops Center in English. They are a unit of the Portuguese Army and also include a unit called DOE that performs missions similar to the SAS and other worldwide special operations forces. Their nickname [...]
The special forces in Poland are called GROM and are a division of the Polish Army. The acronym of GROM means thunder in Polish and they are deployed for a variety of special operations, including unconventional warfare.
GROM was formed in 1990 and is currently part of the Polish Army, although it began under the [...]
The Philippines Special Forces are called the 710th Special Operations Wing of the PAF, which is the Philippines Air Force. All of the men in this special forces team are airborne qualified and trained in various operations.
The 710th began in 1991 and is comprised of an elite group of those who have been recruited [...]
Little is known about the Peru Special Forces. Peru has a Navy, Air Force and Army that report to the Ministry of Defense. The National Police of Peru are considered to be somewhat of a special forces team that combat terrorism and report to the National Police of Peru. They are known as the PNP [...]
The Pakistan Special Service Group is called the SSG and is a commando division of the Pakistan Army. They are very similar to the British SAS and the United States Green Berets in military combat. They number officially 2100 men.
The SSG was created with the help of the United States special operations in 1956 [...]
The Norway Special Forces are called the Forsvarets Spesialkommando, or FSK and are a special forces team that are not assigned to any particular branch of the Norway military. They specialize in many fields and offer military assistance and participate in combat search and rescue missions. Their size is classified.
The FSK was formed in [...]
The New Zealand Special Air Service is the NZ SAS and is a special forces unit that has been modeled after the Great Britain SAS and is part of the New Zealand Army. This is considered to be the elite force of the New Zealand Defense Force and they are based in Auckland.
The NZ [...]
The Netherlands special forces are called the Bijzondere Bijstands Eeheid (BBE) and is part of the Maritime Special Operations Forces of the Dutch marine corps. Their size and numbers are classified and they work in conjunction with the marines.
The BBE, as they are known, has been a special forces operation in Netherlands since 1973 [...]