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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story of Brave Men, November 22, 2012
This review is from: Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc--the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe (Hardcover)
"Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc - The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe" by Patrick O'Donnell is a stirring account of some of America's finest soldiers of WW2 in the European theatre. The author introduces us to a close knit "band of brothers" who would do anything for one another, even give their lives to save their buddies, which sadly many do.

We read about the formation of the 2nd Ranger Battalion and the men of D - `Dog' Company in the United States. We follow them through training and then their preparation for one of the toughest missions allocated to Allied soldiers on D-Day - the storming of a highly defended German gun position on Pointe du Hoc, situated on towering cliffs between the invasion beaches of Utah and Omaha.

The Rangers, against all odds, manage to land under heavy defensive fire, scale the cliffs, storm the German defensive positions, destroy the targeted artillery pieces and then stand firm and hold off numerous German counter-attacks until relieved some days later.

We then follow these brave men through the campaign in France until the allied armies reach the borders of the Third Reich, then, what is left of the Battalion is thrown into the hell of the Hurtgen Forest battling against elite German Fallschirmjager and other German troops until they secure their objective - Hill 400.

The book is filled full of first-hand accounts from the Rangers themselves; stories of comradeship, humour, sadness and death. Pat O'Donnell let's these brave men tell the story of what they and their buddies did. The book is not an in-depth military history or campaign study and has limited maps but provides numerous black & white photographs to help the reader follow the story.

This is a book about brave men doing their job under terrible conditions and I am sure anyone who enjoys a good historical account will enjoy this book.
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