The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc: The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe
Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780306822643, 305pp.
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
An epic World War II story of valor, sacrifice, and the Rangers who led the way to victory in Europe
It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can make the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of sixty-eight soldiers of the U.S. Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion, D Company--Dog Company--who made that difference, time and again.
From D-Day, when German guns atop Pointe du Hoc threatened the Allied landings and the men of Dog Company scaled the ninety-foot cliffs to destroy them; to the thickly forested slopes of Hill 400, in Germany's Hurtgen Forest, where the Rangers launched a desperate bayonet charge across an open field, captured the crucial hill, and held it against all odds. In each battle, the men of Dog Company made the difference.
"Dog Company" is their unforgettable story--thoroughly researched and vividly told by acclaimed combat historian Patrick K. O'Donnell--a story of extraordinary bravery, courage, and determination. America had many heroes in World War II, but few can say that, but for them, the course of the war may have been very different. The right men, in the right place, at the right time--Dog Company.
About the Author
Bestselling author Patrick K. O Donnell is a special operations historian who has written nine previous books: "First SEALs; Beyond Valor, ""Into the Rising Sun";"Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs";"The Brenner Assignment";"They Dared Return";"We Were One"(selected for the Marine Commandant s Professional Reading List);"Give Me Tomorrow;"and"Dog Company". The author is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious William E. Colby Award and the OSS Society s John Waller Award. He has provided historical consultation for DreamWorks s award-winning miniseries"Band of Brothers"and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He served as a combat historian in a Marine rifle platoon during the Battle of Fallujah and is in demand as an expert speaker on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield. Over the past twenty years, O Donnell has interviewed more than 4,000 veterans who fought in America s wars from WWI to Afghanistan and specializes in unearthing untold true stories that read like novels. Visit him online at PatrickKODonnell.com.