Robert Maddock’s ‘Operation Wappen’

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Book reveals details on ‘A War That Never Was’ during Cold War

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Robert Maddock’s book “Operation Wappen: A War That Never Was” (published by Xlibris) started from a simple question: “What was the Cold War all about?” His niece who was headed for one and a half years abroad asked the question, and he assured her he would write something about it for her – the result is this book.

“Operation Wappen” is a short story primarily spanning two years from 1956 to 1958. It includes the author’s Marine Corps service as a second lieutenant artillery forward observer attached to Third Battalion Sixth Marine Regiment led by Colonel Austin C “Shifty” Shofner (one of only nine men ever to escape a Japanese prisoner of war camp). It describes the maturation of Phase III warfare – the landing by helicopter of an intact infantry battalion ready to fight behind enemy lines (Operation Deep Water) and the beginnings of Phase IV warfare with the return of knights to the battlefield (Yasser Arafat then and later Osama bin Laden). Operation Wappen was a CIA/MI6 joint clandestine frustrated effort to overthrow the Syrian government.

“Everyone likes a good spy or secret agent story. This is one on a grand scale that really happened, but fortunately was called off at the last minute. That is why it is a ‘War that Never Was.’”

It begins with General Patton’s murder, the start of the Cold War, and a warning to all those who believe that being a ‘secret agent’ or ‘spy’ is ‘cool.’ It isn’t. There is too much skullduggery including murder and post-traumatic stress to make it appealing to a ‘normal’ person. It also shows how many people can be dragged into such plans unwittingly. He states, “I should add that it was my privilege and honor to serve in the United States Marine Corps when I did, under President, Commander in Chief, Dwight D. Eisenhower who knew when and especially when not ‘to pull the trigger.’”

“Operation Wappen: A War That Never Was”
By Robert K Maddock Jr., MD FACP
Hardcover | 8.5x8.5 in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781543460834
Softcover | 8.5x8.5 in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781543460841
E-Book | 84 pages | ISBN 9781543460858
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Robert K Maddock Jr. has a love of history. He graduated from St George’s School, Middle Town, Rhode Island, in 1952, and Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in 1956. From there he served two years active duty with the United States Marine Corps Reserve (1956-58) including service in the Middle East and a total of 9 year in the Ready Reserve. He was discharged honorably in 1965 as a Captain. He graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1962 and did five years of postgraduate training at University of Utah College of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. He was full time faculty for 3 years and eventually adjunct professor of medicine (U of Utah) and fellow in the American College of Physicians. His wife, Raija Pönkänen RN, FNP, from Finland with more combat time than he, is illustrator. Together, they have reared nine children.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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