The second volume of this epic study breaks new ground. The four year research period, with access to TOP SECRET material only recently reclassified, provides a unique view of the US Army Rangers. Inevitably it challenges many accepted beliefs in the actions covered because it has access to information not available to historians before . – Highly Recommended
NAME: D-Day Cover Up At Pointe Du Hoc, The History of the 2nd & 5th US ARMY Rangers 1st May - 10th June 1944 FILE: R2780 AUTHOR: Gary Sterne PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Rangers BINDING: hard back PAGES: 1160 PRICE: £40.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: US Army, Special Forces, Rangers, amphibious landings, D-Day, 1944, invasion of Europe, Liberation of Europe, WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, European Theatre, Normandy, intelligence, Atlantic Wall, D-Day preparations
IMAGE: B2780.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y9paqxqy LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The second volume of this epic study breaks new ground. The four year research period, with access to TOP SECRET material only recently reclassified, provides a unique view of the US Army Rangers. Inevitably it challenges many accepted beliefs in the actions covered because it has access to information not available to historians before . - Highly Recommended In 1940, responding to Churchill's directives, the British military and intelligence staffs began building a completely new action force. After Dunkirk, the British needed to maintain morale, damage enemy morale, gather intelligence and new enemy technologies, boost morale in Occupied countries and help the building of Resistance groups. The only way to do this was to build highly trained units that could raid Occupied Europe, taking the war back to the Germans. Initially, the Commando force, Airborne Force and various small 'private' armies were engaged in hit and run attacks, including the SAS and Long Range Desert Group in North Africa that attacked far behind German lines. In Europe, small groups were typically dropped by parachute behind the intended target. Marched West to the target, achieved the set objectives and then marched on to the coast, pursued by the Germans, to be taken off by Coastal Forces craft or submarines. Some small forces attacked harbour installations and shipping from kayaks launched from submarines and fast attack boats. On occasion they linked up with Resistance groups, provided training and supported intelligence officers who had been inserted into Occupied Europe. These attacks were highly successful and developed in frequency and size. As time went by, gliders were used to land larger groups and heavier equipment. The raid on St Nazaire to blow up the dry dock gates involved much larger forces, including an explosives filled destroyer to blow the gates. At Dieppe, the landings were essentially reconnaissance in force by a special force and although often described as a disaster, the landings achieved the primary intention of gaining experience of frontal amphibious assault on a heavily defended beach. The landings also helped to convince the Germans that the main landings when they came would be across the narrow point of the Channel. When the US entered the war in Europe in 1942 it did not have this level of knowledge and the Rangers were able to benefit from training with the British Commandos and Royal Navy, learning the skills developed by British Special Forces over the previous two years, but based on skills developed by British Marines and the Royal Navy over the previous three hundred years. The author has carried out extensive research during a four year period and from this epic research has produced a warts and all account of the preparation by the Rangers for their part in D-Day and the results of that preparation in attacking the assigned targets. Inevitably, this has produced many new insights and overturned a number of previously accepted historical views. No punches have been pulled and this will become a standard work to benefit future historians, containing very detailed primary source material that has just become available after some 70 years of restriction as TOP SECRET material.