Darby's Rangers: We Led the Way

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 256 pages
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The exciting true story of a legendary leader and the men who fought by his side in World War II, told in his own words

From the moment they hit the beaches in North Africa to their last desperate struggle at Anzio, Darby’s Rangers asked for only one thing in World War II—the chance to fight. Experts at amphibious landings, night attacks, and close combat, the Rangers were the spearhead advancing U.S. forces. And at their helm was William O. Darby, a forceful, charismatic man who inspired, and was inspired by, his troops. Against overwhelming odds in Tunisia, through the concentrated hell at Gela, on to the final kill at Messina and the Italian mainland, Darby and his Rangers led the way. Darby’s Rangers is an authentic war story, as vivid as the action itself.

“Proud reading . . . of value to a new generation of military historians and ‘battle buffs.’”—Military Affairs Magazine
 

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Contents

Chapter I
5
Chapter II
29
Chapter III
49
Chapter IV
61
Chapter V
80
S0rrent0Salern0s Left Flank September 1943
134
Chapter IX
151
Chapter X
173
Chapter XI
189
Chapter XII
207
General Darbys Message to the Officers and Men
222
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William O. Darby was the founder and commanding officer of Darby's Rangers, the first unit of the US Army Rangers. The original draft of Darby's Rangers was dictated shortly before he was killed in action on April 30, 1945—nine days before the conclusion of World War II.

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