Rangers in World War II

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 17, 2010 - History - 448 pages
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From the deadly shores of North Africa to the invasion of Sicily to the fierce jungle hell of the Pacific, the contribution of the World War II Ranger Battalions far outweighed their numbers. They were ordinary men on an extraordinary mission, experiencing the full measure of the fear, exhaustion, and heroism of combat in nearly every major invasion of the war. Whether spearheading a landing force or scouting deep behind enemy lines, these highly motivated, highly trained volunteers led the way for other soldiers -- they were Rangers.
With first-person interviews, in-depth research, and a complete appendix naming every Ranger known to have served, author Robert Black, a Ranger himself, has made the battles of WWII come to life through the struggles of the men who fought to win the greatest war the world has ever seen.


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Contents

Training
17
Dieppe
26
North Africa
47
Sicily
78
Italy
108
Anzio
132
Brest
220
The Philippine Invasion
239
Across the SaarZerf
287
Across the RhineVE Day
307
The PacificVJ Day
317
Epilogue
323
Lineage Campaigns and Battle Honors
333
Weapons Used by World War II Rangers
341
Endnotes
413
Bibliography
421

Hill 400
249
Cabanatuan
273

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About the author (2010)

Robert W. Black is a retired US Army colonel who served in Vietnam and with the 8th Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) in the Korean War. Parachute and glider qualified, twice the recipient of the combat Infantry Badge, he was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars—two for valor and one for meritorious service—the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, and sixteen other awards and decorations. He was the founding president of the Airborne Ranger Association of the Korean War and was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 1995. He is the author of A Ranger Born, Rangers in Korea, and Rangers in World War II.

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