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Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II

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The day the U.S. Army Rangers first went into combat-and the battle that won't be forgotten.

Just months after Pearl Harbor, with America still struggling to bring itself up to fighting strength for World War II, it was decided that a specially-trained force based upon the British commando squads should be formed. They would become known as the Rangers.

Before their trai
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Berkley (first published 2008)
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Steve Scott
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, military
It started off strong, and then the author made a serious error that a military history nerd like me can't forgive.

DeFelice discusses the Rangers transition from the Springfield 1903 bolt action to the semi-automatic M-1 Garand. In describing the latter weapon he incorrectly gives the specs of the M1 carbine. This is a totally different rifle and unlike the Garand, wasn't a main battle rifle. The Rangers likely received both around the middle of 1942--but for the author not to know the differenc
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Martin
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. The author gives us the tic-toc of the Minute American contribution to the Dieppe Raid of August 1942. In a largely Canadian Army and British Commando show, a few American Rangers participated as soldier-observers. They suffered casualties and learned a great deal from the experience. DeFelice is great at giving you every detail of the action. Unfortunately, its a little bit of giving excellent footnotes on a footnote of history, that is itself a footnote of the war. But o ...more
Mack Simpson
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I picked this one up based on a previous reading of DeFelice's, "Omar Bradley: General at War," and an interest in early Army Ranger history.

While "Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II" is a passable piece of history, it's no "Omar Bradley: General at War" and would have been better served with fewer interstitial, personal anecdotes from the author and more... well, history.

If you're looking for a history of the raid on Dieppe, there are other, better b
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Fredrick Danysh
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, world-war-ii
Months before D-Day in France, a joint British-American commando raid was conducted on the French port of Dieppe which resulted in a stunning defeat. DeFelice examines the creation and training of the American Ranger force that took part in the raid as well as the conduct of the raid itself. He attempts to draw lessons from the action.
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