Friday, August 17, 2018

Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U. S. Army Rangers in World War II by Jim Defelice

Rangers at Dieppe by Jim Defelice -300 pages

The author is a journalist who gives an account of the first combat mission of U. S. Army Rangers in World War II. The August 1942 raid on the French coastal town of Dieppe was a disaster from the start as the landing force was spotted by Axis patrol boats, and little naval or air cover was provided. Most of the participants were Canadian and British commandos, but there were several small units of U. S. Rangers along for the raid. The mission was rushed in an effort to build "morale" and demonstrate the Allies could strike back at Nazi Germany, but was a hard lesson in the complexity of amphibious assaults.

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