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Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II Hardcover – January 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425219216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425219218
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

DeFelice (Leopards Kill) takes a fresh look at the disastrous 1942 Allied landing at German-occupied Dieppe, France, from the perspective of the 50 U.S. Army Rangers scattered among the British Commando units and the Canadian 2nd Division, which spearheaded the assault. With an eye on gaining experience in amphibious operations, the 50 Rangers were selected from the 1st Ranger Battalion, formed just months before Operation Jubilee, the code name for the raid at Dieppe. Beset by poor planning, insufficient training, and inadequate support, the assault—among a series of raids intended to harass the Germans and boost Allied morale—was a sanguinary disaster. The Canadians suffered 67% casualties and the Rangers 22%. Noting Dieppe's lack of military importance, DeFelice rejects the notion that it was a brutal but necessary rehearsal for D-Day, concluding that it was an unnecessary and foreseeable fiasco. DeFelice honors the courage of the men on the ground, however, including Lt. Edwin Loustalot, Pvt. Owen Sweazey, Cpl. Franklin Zip Koons and Sgt. Alex Szima. Carefully researched and vividly told, this popular account of the blooding of the now iconic Rangers will appeal to fans of military history.
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"A remarkable saga of heroism under fire...this is military history at its best."
-Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, co-author of Beyond Band Of Brothers

"An up-to-date, clearly written, comprehensively researched account of the formation and training of the American Rangers."
-Booklist

"Carefully researched and vividly told."
-Publishers Weekly

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carlbarry on January 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I pick up about ten history books a year, and this is the best I've read in a long, long while. Whether you're casually interested in WWII or a serious student the conflict, this casts the bloodletting of U.S Rangers at Dieppe in a new light, turning an apparent military disaster into a what it truly was in a broader sense: a story of perserverance and courage that ultimately becomes uplifting. Through Defelice's exhaustive research, Rangers at Dieppe dispels longstanding myths about the battle and explains how the U.S. Rangers who were the first Allied casualties in Europe were transformed into the elite fighting force that would later be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the war.

The author's impressions of his modern-day trip to the battle's scene and staging grounds, intercut with the events that occurred there over sixty years in the past, add a special poignancy to the story. Defelice's final passage resonates with me days after I finished the book.

This is history with intelligence and a huge amount of heart--I can't recommend it enough. For me it ranks with Cornelius Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far" and "The Longest Day" as being among the most gripping narrative histories of WWII ever written.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Kindred on January 24, 2010
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Yes, the writer or editor slips up in the description of the M1 and carbine but other than that a very good book. As for the July 25, 2008 review, since the reviewer is nitpicking the details he may want to pick up a book on Carbines himself, Overland never made carbines.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A reader on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although I don't consider myself a fan of military history, I am a fan of Jim DeFelice. When I picked up a copy of RANGERS AT DIEPPE, I was more than a little bit pleased with my choice. The book reads like much of Mr. DeFelice's fiction: it's engrossing, entertaining, and spellbinding. This moving tribute to an all-too-easily forgotten group of brave men stands among the best accounts of gallantry I have ever read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack A. Green on June 15, 2010
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While many books on Dieppe mention the fact that 50 American Rangers participated in this action, as DeFelice points out very little details on this has been published. This gap is what the author wants to fill and he does so very well.

His research is solid and the writing good. The book's only flaw is the lack of a good technical editor. The M1 Garand subject with the M1 Carbine description has already been mentioned. But Lord Louis Mountbatten is referred to as a General, instead of an Admiral, and in the notes the 34th Division consisted of "the 133rd, 135th, and 168th Infantry Battalions" which were in fact Regiments. A good technical editor would have quickly spotted and corrected these minor mistakes.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Turk on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I freely admit that I could not finish this book because it is so poorly rsearched on the little details that it made me wonder about the major events it was recounting. As a for instance; the author wrote glowingly of the M-1 Garand rifle while all the while giving the data for the M-1 Overland carbine.
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