Onward We Charge: The Heroic Story of Darby's Rangers in World War II

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Penguin, Jul 3, 2007 - History - 320 pages
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“A terrific read.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of A Higher Call

Colonel William Darby was a hero by anyone's standards. His elite battalion of Army Rangers paved the way for Ranger success in subsequent wars—and left an unforgettable legacy in its wake.

 
On a beach in Salerno in 1943, shortly after the American invasion, a staff officer stopped an Army Ranger and asked him where he might find William Darby. The soldier replied, “You’ll never find him this far back.”
 
Darby was one of the most successful—and admirable—officers of World War II. At the start of the war he was an artillery captain and a general’s aide. But by 1945, he was a full colonel who had commanded Ranger battalions in twelve major battles, including the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, and the landings at Salerno and Anzio in Italy. Darby never led his men into a fight he wouldn’t take on personally, and his group of specially-selected, hard-trained Army Rangers became legendary for their astonishing bravery and deadliness under fire.
 
Onward We Charge takes readers from the beachheads of North Africa to the bloody campaigns of southern Italy, and to Darby’s tragic death by German shrapnel just eight days before V-E Day. This is the true story of a man who held his own beside the greatest military figures in history.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
THE ARKANSAS
ALL TYPES OF AMERICANS
THE CHOSEN
EL DARBO
WE KNOW BETTER
LIGHTING THE TORCH
SNAPSHOTS
DOWN OUR ALLEY
A GOOD DEAL OF TROUBLE
FINEST HOUR
QUITE A FLAP
THE HOUDINIRANGERS
HOME IS THE HERO
ITALIAN SPRING
EPILOGUE LEGEND AND LEGACY

APPOINTMENT IN TUNISIA
GOD HELP THE TANKS
GELA
AVALANCHE
A YEAR AND A
FIELD ORDER NINETEEN
CHRONOLOGY
THE ORIGINAL DARBYS RANGERS
RANGERS AT DIEPPE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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About the author (2007)

H. Paul Jeffers was a journalist and the author of more than 50 books, including Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.: The Life of a War HeroColonel Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt Goes to War, 1897–1898Commissioner Roosevelt; and a true-crime bestseller, Sal Mineo: His Life, Murder, and Mystery. He died in 2009.

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