Onward We Charge: The Heroic Story of Darby's Rangers in World War II by H. Paul Jeffers
After a cursory account of Darby's Arkansas boyhood and West Point education, the author quickly gets to the war and Darby's appointment to head a newly created infantry battalion modeled on the British army's Commandos. Christened the 1st Ranger Battalion, the unit underwent months of arduous training in Scotland before being tapped to spearhead the Allied invasion of Algeria in Expanded to a three-battalion Ranger force and anointed "Darby's Rangers" by war correspondents who "found good copy in them," the Rangers led the subsequent invasions of Sicily and Italy.
In an attempt to break out at Anzio, Darby's Rangers were surrounded and almost completely annihilated by German forces. Darby was reassigned and later killed in action. Relying primarily on secondary sources, Jeffers has written a spotty but serviceable introduction to one of World War II's most storied units and the hero who led them.
Each battle is straight forwardly descibed in the simplest of terms with each ; and I mean each, wound and Most guys in my generation have seen the movie "Darby's Raiders" with a very young James Garner. Each battle is straight forwardly descibed in the simplest of terms with each ; and I mean each, wound and fatality noted.
Very pedestrian stuff and not at all satifying.
This is a great read with a sad ending. At times the author went into a little too much detail about units involved in a campaign or operation but not provide as much detail about the actual battle.
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But overall this was an excellent account of the Ranges part in North Africa and Italy. Oct 01, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Will give you great insight on BGen William Darby, and the founding of the rangers.
Jan 26, Art rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 08, Billy Collins rated it really liked it. Very immersive in fact.
Sep 23, Harold Hough rated it liked it Recommends it for: Military history books that describe battles should be forced to include maps so the reader can track what is happening. Anyone prior service, current service or has an appreciation for military history. Great story about the early days of the Army Rangers. Also great accounts from those that were there! Great read and will keep any wartime history buff going. Aubrey Overstreet rated it really liked it Dec 30, Al Hood rated it really liked it Jan 31, Kristina rated it it was ok Mar 04, Stasy H rated it really liked it Jul 22, Apr 16, Stevie rated it it was ok.
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