Sometimes it's all open to debate but I've found raiders a loose word in military terms. Too many have become what can be called raiders or a specialized force to do a task or mission in many campaigns. I like to think a true link to the raiders of the French-Indian War that happened in Canada, I believe. They were called Morgan's Raiders or something else, because I'm not 100% sure. They did dress differently and certainly were not "colorful" dressed as many armies of the time did. They wore buck skins and dyed green and were experienced woodsman of the time. They traveled many miles to engage the French as they were the British answer to far flung forts. At the time is was a far different tactic to involve such and be so free to engage the enemy as the British were very rigid in military tactics. -----Willy
has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (and not before time too).
"Widely regarded as (a) forerunner to modern-day special forces operations, the joint Canada-US Devil's Brigade, a top secret unit in the Second World War began training at Fort Harrison in Helena, Montana. It specialized in high alpine combat, covert amphibious landings, and parachuting.
"The Unit never failed a mission suffering 2,314 casualties - 134% of its original combat strength of 1800 volunteers" Globe and Mail, 7/7/13. It was primarily active in Italy against the German First Panzer Parachute Division.
It was preceded only by the foundation of the Special Boat Squadron founded by the Royal Marines, and the Special Air Squadron, later Special Air Service which absorbed the SBS. The SAS is still the premier counter terrorism, counter insurgency force, and hostage rescue force in the world and trains most of the other groups.
Among other weapons they used the Johnson Automatic Rifle, the first Assault Rifle to see service, designed in the US, and which preceded the Sturmgewehr by almost 2 years. It was from the Sturmgewehr that Kalashnikov developed the AK-47.