THE SPEARHEADERS by James Altieri

THE SPEARHEADERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first-hand account of the first American Ranger battalions, this is mainly concerned with Fox Company whose spirit and achievements were equalled by other units. The challenge to match the reputation and deeds of the British Commandos enlisted determined volunteers, and their realistic combat training, in Ireland and Scotland in 1942, resulted in success for the experiment so that, although Fox Company's first engagement was in mass battle in Algeria, it was well groomed for raids in Tunisia and to carry on its spearheading tactics through the Sicilian and Italian campaigns and further the fame of its operations. This is an intimate account of the author's companions and officers, particularly of Major Darby's strong leadership, of the beginning of a new field of offensive warfare to meet the standards and demands of modern war- and of a tradition, of battle sequences, and of the amazing records that ""Darby's Rangers"" made. A warm-hearted tribute to those who lost their lives and to those who endured to build up not only a spirit but a currently used training program, this fills in another section of World War II service activities in a lively manner.

Pub Date: April 11th, 1960
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill