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The Battalion: The Dramatic Story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in World War II

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Goes into exceptional detail on the D-Day assault of the gun positions at Pointe du Hoc, including how it almost ended in total failure and lists the names of the Rangers who fought in the 2nd Battalion Unlike most books on the U.S. Army Rangers, this one also covers the many battles fought by the Rangers after D-Day Based on original documents and interviews with the surv ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Stackpole Books
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I love Second Batt, having served in it, but I was hugely disappointed in this book. It is full of little vignettes and stories but barely passes as history. The narrative is very confused and doesn't seem to have the detail I expected to find. The coverage of Point de Hoc and Omaha beach was ok, but from then on the book gets sketchy. There is too much of the cute little stories about particular men and not enough coverage of what really happened and how men dealt with it. Band of Brothers it i ...more
Ray Pierson
That's Colonel Robert W. Black to us.

The first rangers were Roger's Rangers who saw combat during the French and Indian War. (You can read about them in Northwest Passage.) During WWII, the name was chosen for American commandos, the word "commando" having been taken from the Dutch to describe British special forces following the Boer War.

This is a very scholarly and well researched book, but it certainly isn't dry. Of particular personal interest were the sections dealing with Pointe du Hoc and
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