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Rangers Lead the Way - Pointe-du-Hoc D-Day 1944 (Raid)

Rangers Lead the Way - Pointe-du-Hoc D-Day 1944 (Raid) [Kindle Edition]

Steven J Zaloga , Howard Gerrard
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In the early hours of D-Day, 1944, a group from the US Army 2nd Rangers Battalion were sent on one of the legendary raids of World War II. The mission was to scale the cliffs overlooking Omaha beach and assault the German coastal artillery at Pointe-du-Hoc. It was thought that only a raid could ensure that the guns would remain silent during the D-Day landings. But allied intelligence was wrong.After climbing the cliffs under aggressive German fire and securing the battery site, the Rangers discovered that the guns themselves were no longer there. It was only due to the heroic actions of the Rangers involved that the guns were located in firing positions facing Utah beach and destroyed before they could be used. In the first of a brand new series for Osprey, this act of audacious daring is brought to life, complete with illustrated artwork, maps and rare German accounts. Taking a more critical look at the story, Steven Zaloga analyses every detail, from the intelligence failings to the boldness of the Rangers’ in the face of such odds.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 30666 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J7P06W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rangers Lead the Way 2 May 2013
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A great book about the WW2 US Army Rangers who climbed the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc on 6 June 1944, Read it and enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 23 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're interested in WWII in General or D-Day in particular, this us an excellent read. These young soldiers had never been in combat before but still saw the job done.
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
I liked this book and I consider it as a very precious thing, because it was a pleasure to read it and I learned from it A LOT!

This book describes comprehensively the installation of a German powerful coastal battery on Pointe-du-Hoc, a point from which it was possible to engage allied transport schips approaching both Utah and Omaha beaches. It then describes allied planning of operations necessary to destroy this target, continues with allied air raids and shelling of the site by warships, before we finally go to the landing by US Rangers itself. Author described also the landing on Omaha Beach at Vierville of those Rangers who couldn't arrive to the main target. They were then used by general Cota as shock troops in the breakthrough from the beach. The order given by him at that occasion, "Rangers, lead the way!", became from then on the motto of this whole elite formation.

The description of events goes well beyond the capture of the gun positions and guns themselves, as we can also follow the more and more desperate fight against German counter-attacks until finally the relief force arrival on D+2.

I learned a lot from this book but probably the most important thing was the importance of RAF air raid in the morning of 6 June which saw the use of 108 (one hundred eight) Lancasters against just this one coastal battery - as it turned out later, during the post-battle analysis of events, this attack in itself more or less put the whole battery of business. But NOT definitely, as it was proved when Rangers discovered the guns abandoned, but still very much operational and with plenty of ammo, just waiting for their crews to come back...
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