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Author:  GlenM [ Wed Jan 17, 2007 15:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Books & Reference Websites for the WWII US Army Rangers

Please (only) post any suitable website or book links in this thread for easy reference by all those interested in all things Ranger!

:wink:

Cheers,
Glen.

Author:  GlenM [ Wed Jan 17, 2007 15:39 pm ]
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Links supplied by Guenther collated from the other thread:

At http://www.rangeronline.com/bookstore.html - you can a hardcopy of 'Lead The Way Rangers.' To my knowledge that is the only place printing them.

http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Coura ... F8&s=books
This is another book on the 5th, but its getting hard to find....

Here is the website for the unit that I reenact in (US based), lots of info, pictures, and a few vet histories as well. I am a part of Charlie Co. in NY.
www.5thrib.com

This another group of 5th rangers - Easy Co (US based). They are a great bunch of guys and on their website you will find lots of great stuff. I think the best stuff is that they got permission to reproduce online two great and hard to get books about the 5th - the official 5th ranger history 'Lead The Way Rangers' and 'Training For Bloody Omaha.'
http://www.5thrangersecoy.com/

http://www-cgsc.army.mil/carl/resources/csi/csi.asp
This is a huge resource for alot of military information. Look under the Leavenworth Papers adn read No.11 - It has both web and .pdf versions of a great research paper on the rangers of WW2. If you want to download the .pdf version - it's huge - 13MB.

Author:  beachmaster [ Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:27 pm ]
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Thanks for this Glen,

Here goes with the first:

The Liberation of Pointe Du Hoc: The 2nd Rangers at Normandy June 6-8

By Joanna Mcdonald ISBN-10 1888967064

Well worth the money and great breakdown and etail of the companies and attached units who landed at the Pointe, Recommended.

Cheers Dave

Author:  Guenther [ Thu Jan 18, 2007 18:44 pm ]
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beachmaster wrote:

The Liberation of Pointe Du Hoc: The 2nd Rangers at Normandy June 6-8

By Joanna Mcdonald ISBN-10 1888967064


A great book, that one.

'D-day' by Stephen Ambrose ISBN #068480137X

'Ghost Soldiers' by Hampton Sides ISBN #038549565X
About the 6th Ranger raid on Cabanatuan

'Beyond Valor' by Patick O'donnel ISBN# 0684873850
Very good book that covers airborne and the first 5 ranger battalions. Probably more airborne than ranger, but the author lets the vets themselves tell their story for the majority of the book.

'Americans in Brittany 1944: The Battle for Brest' by Jonathan Gawne
ISBN#2913903215
A great book with solid information on a forgotten part of the war.

Author:  beachmaster [ Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:39 am ]
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A few more !

Rudders Rangers by Ronald L. Lane ISBN-10 0934588155
Title say's it all, great read and excellent reference on personnel.

The Road to Victory: 'The story of the elite WW2 2nd Battalion Rangers'
by Morris Prince ISBN-10 0970525710
The story of A Co. 2nd Ranger Battalion in WW2 not as good as Rudders Rangers and lacking in detail in places but still very readable.

The Fool Lieutenant: 'A personal account of D-day and WW2' by Marcia Moen ISBN-10 0970525737
Brilliant book on the C.O. of A Company 2nd Ranger battalion, Robert Edlin. Edlin was credited as the first Allied soldier to board for the Normandy landings and had a very active war and was the leader of the 'Fabulous Four', recommended !

U.S. Army Rangers & Special Forces of WW2: 'Their war in photographs' by Robert Todd Ross.
The Rangers, 1SSF, Jeds,OSS, Merrills Marauders etc. get the 'Schiffer' treatment with some excellent pictures of these specailist units. Many previously unpublished photo's with added text, very coffee table and a photgraphic bible if you have an interest in any of the above.

Should keep you going for a bit !

Cheers Dave

Author:  minty muller [ Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:08 am ]
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Fella's,

Don't forget to mention "Spearheading D-Day" - American Special Units In Normandy, by Jonathan Gawne - ISBN : 2 908 182 793.

Whilst not just specific to the Rangers, it does give a very good account of the units actions on that historic day, and in the preceeding months and weeks during the amphibious training stage in Devon. It also show's very nicely, how the Rangers fitted into the overall planning of the operation and the links between the Rangers and the other unit's who saw action on the 6th of June 44.

Highly recommended as a referance book to anybody with an interest in the build up of units and equipment. :wink:

Regard's, Minty.

Ranger Re-enactments.

Author:  Guenther [ Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:22 pm ]
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I cant believe I forgot to add this one:
'Training for Bloody Omaha' by Ranger Hathaway
the E-book can be found here:
http://www.5thrangersecoy.com/history/train/train.html

Also a new 1st ranger book came out recently:
'Onward We Charge: The Heroic Story of Darby's Rangers in World War II' by H. Paul Jeffers
ISBN: 0451221281

Author:  sgtMoon [ Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:45 am ]
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i have just received a singed copy of RANGER FORCE (Darby's Rangers in WWII)by Col.Robert W. Black.
stackpole books ISBN978-0-8117-0521-9. i helped him out by taking him to achnacarry and to the Commando training area .just like his other books it is a dam good read and full of useful information,hope that you enjoy it as much as i did
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The Ranger Force (avaliable September '09)

In this gripping companion to his acclaimed "The Battalion" (978-0-8117-0184-6), which told the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in World War II, Robert W. Black turns his attention to the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Battalions, otherwise known as Darby's Rangers. These elite soldiers accompanied British commandos on the failed Dieppe Raid in August 1942, participated in Operation Torch in North Africa three months later, battled across Sicily the following summer, and ended the war in Italy, where they landed at Salerno in September 1943 and Anzio in January 1944 and were decimated at the Battle of Cisterna.

Author:  SaddleTramp [ Tue Apr 06, 2010 16:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Books & Reference Websites for the WWII US Army Rangers

sgtMoon wrote:
i have just received a singed copy of RANGER FORCE (Darby's Rangers in WWII)by Col.Robert W. Black.
stackpole books ISBN978-0-8117-0521-9. i helped him out by taking him to achnacarry and to the Commando training area .just like his other books it is a dam good read and full of useful information,hope that you enjoy it as much as i did
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The Ranger Force (avaliable September '09)

In this gripping companion to his acclaimed "The Battalion" (978-0-8117-0184-6), which told the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in World War II, Robert W. Black turns his attention to the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Battalions, otherwise known as Darby's Rangers. These elite soldiers accompanied British commandos on the failed Dieppe Raid in August 1942, participated in Operation Torch in North Africa three months later, battled across Sicily the following summer, and ended the war in Italy, where they landed at Salerno in September 1943 and Anzio in January 1944 and were decimated at the Battle of Cisterna.


And where transferred to the FSSF.. :D

What about:
"Rangers in WWII", by Black?

Author:  mitten31 [ Tue Nov 06, 2012 15:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Books & Reference Websites for the WWII US Army Rangers

and this.............amazing book, couldn't put it down:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Battalion-Dra ... 0811701840

Lisa

Author:  arnhem44mad [ Wed Nov 07, 2012 14:59 pm ]
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Not a book but lately I got in contact with John C Raaen, 5th rangers hq company captain, he has written a book and from corresponding with him I have learned many amazing things which one would not find in books!

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