By Steven J. Zaloga, Howard Gerrard

Within the early hours of D-Day, 1944, a bunch from the USA military second Rangers Battalion have been despatched on one of many mythical raids of worldwide battle II. The venture used to be to scale the cliffs overlooking Omaha seashore and attack the German coastal artillery at Pointe-du-Hoc. It was once notion that just a raid may possibly make sure that the weapons could stay silent through the D-Day landings. yet allied intelligence used to be wrong.After mountaineering the cliffs less than competitive German fireplace and securing the battery website, the Rangers found that the weapons themselves have been now not there. It was once basically end result of the heroic activities of the Rangers concerned that the weapons have been situated in firing positions dealing with Utah seashore and destroyed ahead of they can be used. within the first of a new sequence for Osprey, this act of audacious bold is delivered to lifestyles, entire with illustrated paintings, maps and infrequent German money owed. Taking a extra serious examine the tale, Steven Zaloga analyses each aspect, from the intelligence failings to the arrogance of the Rangers' within the face of such odds.

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For many of the seasick and water-soaked Rangers, the landing on firm ground was a welcome relief after hours in rough seas. The heavy bombardment had left numerous deep craters all along the beach, which posed a significant problem as the troops started to disembark. Some troops fell into unseen craters hidden by the surf, while the troops on one LCA were forced to wade through a deep crater when the craft grounded on its lip. With all nine LCAs firmly ashore, the cliffs loomed directly overhead.

726, but the Soemba remained on call and continued to fire on the batteries based on requests from NSFCP-1 at Pointe-du-Hoc. Although the Maisy batteries continued to harass the Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc for the next two days, the recent controversy has little to do with the actual fighting. There have been sensational claims that the battery played a crucial role in bombarding Omaha Beach, that the Pointe-du-Hoc battery was in fact a clever German ruse, and the Maisy batteries the real artillery threat.

While circumstances prevented them from participating in the Pointe-du-Hoc raid, their arrival on Dog White was a major factor in the eventual success of the landings in this sector. The Raid The 5th Rangers reached the top of the bluffs east of Stiitzpunkt Vierville by 0900hrs alongside surviving elements of C/116th Infantry, and were later joined by the remnants of Cos A and B, 2nd Rangers. Schneider ordered Cos B and C, 5th Rangers, to lead the way to the planned assembly area southwest of Vierville-surMer before heading to Pointe-du-Hoc.

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