Boulder, Colorado: Paladin Press, 1976. Reprint. Hardcover. Navy Blue cloth with title in gilt on cover. Octavo. Inscribed, signed and dated [October 1993] by the author on the front endpaper. xiii,421 pages, index. Profusely illustrated with text photos and drawings. Introduction by no less than Bill Jordan, author of "No Second Place Winner". Colonel Applegate was THE recognized authority on unarmed combat techniques. Near Fine. Item #84462
"This edition is being published at a time when the world is in a state of unrest. Race riots, intolerance, Communist-inspired mob violence, and nationalism emphasize the importance of mob control by the established forces of law and order. Three new chapters have been added on the techniques involved. in riot control..." (from Publisher's Foreword).
"In 1941 Applegate was developing armed and unarmed close quarter combat courses for the US Army Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S), specifically to build and run what was called 'The School for Spies and Assassins', Applegate was assigned to learn all that he could about armed and unarmed fighting from William E. Fairbairn (who worked in a then-very-dangerous Shanghai in the 1920's) to form a brutal and effective system. He was the close-combat coordinator for all clandestine missions and this role brought him into contact with other fighters and martial artists of the time period such as a Finnish soldier who killed 21 Russians with a knife and the founder of the British SAS: David Stirling.. At one point during the war, Applegate served as the personal bodyguard to President Franklin D Roosevelt. (paraphrased from Wikipedia entry).