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on November 20, 2012
You'll think about the size of those cliffs, and the guns, and the attack up the cliff, and you'll think, "How the heck did they do that?"

Then you'll read the book. You'll understand the training. You'll understand the men who made the ascent. You'll understand the fight.

And then you'll think, "HOW THE HECK DID THEY DO THAT?"
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on December 31, 2012
Pat O'Donnell is one of the finest military historians of the past quarter century. He has written widely on the contributions that America's military has made over the past three quarters of a century and he has consistently done so with a clarity, style and spirit that does justice to the sacrifices of the men and women about whom he has written. It is quite simply not possible to a be a well read student of American military history without having read Mr. O'Donnell's works. Dog Company continues Mr. O'Donnell's record of excellence and it should be on the shelf of every student of the Second World War. More than readable, it is riveting, compelling, educational and entirely entertaining.
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on January 13, 2013
The actual "Boys of Pointe du Hoc" were amazing and heroic beyond belief. It's a pity their story wasn't told by a better author. Mr. O'Donnell may be a celebrated historian, but his prose is on the order of a middle school student's essay.
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on August 18, 2015
As a US Army Ranger this book make me very proud to know what those before me have gone through to get our unit where it is today. These men blazed the path, it serves as a testament for all us us to follow, with courage and discipline, it can be done! Rangers, Lead the way!
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on December 31, 2013
The book is solid; lots of research. Some of the styling was not to my taste and took me out of the experience but those points were rare and small enough to ignore.

Overall I enjoyed the read and count it among the great books by the likes of Robert Black.
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on February 10, 2013
A very good history of a small unit of elite soldiers in WW II from D Day thru the fall of Nazism. This is "edge of your seat" history that would find a home as a thriller. There should be a better word than "thriller" here because that word implies mystery, fiction and murder and mayhem. There's no mystery here. You know going in that the good guys win. Much of "Dog Company" is tense like a good thriller; it is as readable as good fiction; we can debate whether or not the killing of an armed enemy is murder -- I think not.

O'Donnell's research includes interviews with Dog Company survivors. What a fortunate man you are, Mr. O'Donnell to shake the hand of such great men. Lucky you!
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on June 26, 2013
I thought that it had a lot of good information and stories that I was not heard before. I had a lot of trouble following the characters of the story. The thread of who was who, doing what jumped a round to much to make it easy to read.
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on March 7, 2013
This is a very good look at company level and lower combat is World War II ala Band of Brothers. Mr. O’Donnell does a very good job of conveying the sights and sounds of combat. He doesn’t sugar coat the effects that combat had on the men and lets the reader know that they were not the perfect soldiers they are sometimes portrayed. He recounts incidents of fratricide, and the killing of surrendering Germans, people freezing in combat and its aftermath. At Pointe Du Hoc the commander of the assault force is relieved of command just prior to the assault going in.

He follows D/2nd Ranger Bn from its formation and training the United States thru their major battles, Pointe Du Hoc on D-Day, the capture of Brest, Hill 400 in the Hurtgen Forest (one the most overlooked campaigns the US Army fought in WW II) and their assault into Germany. He obviously follows the few survivors of the initial members of the Company. Their casualty rate was exceeding high. After Pointe Du Hoc there was only something like 15 men in the company who were not wounded/killed/missing. The battle at Hill 400 produced similar casualties.

In addition to the combat scenes Mr. O’Donnell gives a flavor of the intense training these men received, both physically and mentally. Many who volunteered for the Rangers were weeded out before they went into combat, both at Pointe Du Hoc and later as they received replacements.

Mr. O’Donnell does an excellent job of cross referencing the survivor’s accounts with the after-action reports done immediately after the actions described.

One of the many touching scenes is when the Rangers are moving up into the Hurgten, their commanding officer, LTC Rudder has just been ordered to 1st Army (He took over a Regt of the 28th ID) he is standing in the road as the trucks roll by wishing them all the best.

All in all an excellent look at Company level combat in the ETO during WW II.
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on October 12, 2014
Excellent account of the absolute fearless assault by the 2nd Rangers on D Day. The book then goes on to detail their
participation in additional engagements - most notably the brutal assault on Hill 400 in the Hurtgen Forest. It is hard
to imagine the selfless dedication which these men showed under the most savage combat conditions imaginable. There
should be a statue next to the Iwo Jima memorial for this group of special forces.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the origins of our Ranger Forces.
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on February 24, 2014
This book gives you a great appreciation of the sacrifices of those who fought in WWII. The writing is pretty matter of fact and could be better but the story itself needs to be told. A compelling story that needed compelling writing.
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