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Rangers in World War II

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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 spe ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 23rd 1992 by Presidio Press (first published 1992)
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thorough and well researched book, and easy to read with lots of maps and diagrams. I had thought this was a complete history of all the US Army Ranger forces in WWII, but instead it is focused on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Ranger Battalions and their development, combat and eventual disbandment after the Battle of Cisterna in the Anzio Campaign. Col. Darby, the founder of America's imitation of the British Commandos is a central character energizing the text at all times. The anecdotes are always i ...more
Educational, but dry for my liking.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just starting this book, and flipping through it it seems like an updated version of Black's 1992 book, Rangers in World War II, albeit with more pictures scattered throughout. Does anybody know differently?

Like many other readers, I have a personal interest in this part of history: my grandfather was in the 3rd Battalion. He's always been reluctant to talk about it, for which I don't blame him, but we recently came across his discharge papers and it made me want to dig into things a little
John Nevola
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Robert W. Black compiled an essential and important book in Rangers In World War II! He has documented all of the major battles as well as provided complete rosters of those who served, were wounded and killed in action. He also describes the Rangers Table of Organization and Equipment as well as every weapon a Ranger was trained to use.

Black eloquently traces the Ranger lineage back to pre-Revolutionary War days with the formation of Roger's Rangers. A truly uniquely American concept, the Range
Paul Childs
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This book about the Rangers was very much at the tactical level. What Companies where were, when they were moved and at what time/date that the move happened. Numbers of killed Germans, amount of prisoners and the like play are very reoccurring role. Often an individual event that occurs to a group of soldiers is mentioned, but you may never hear anything about that soldier again.

Sometimes he would start to tell of an event and you would get interested in what would be an interesting tangent, bu
Oct 23, 2007 rated it did not like it
This book starts with some interesting stuff- the creation of the various Ranger batallions and the refining of what exactly they were and did. Once combat operations are covered, especially after the North African campaign, the book becomes highly repeitive. It is clear that the author relied heavily in places on nothing but the war diaries and logs of the various batallions, as whole chunks of chapters read "then the next night B company went out on patrol and killed two enemy and captured thr ...more
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