D-Day Cover Up At Pointe Du Hoc, The History of the 2nd & 5th US ARMY Rangers 1st May – 10th June 1944

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

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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

ISBN: 1-47382-374-9

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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.