On 1 April 1943 the 2nd Ranger Battalion was formed at Camp
Forrest, Tennessee, along with the 5th Ranger Battalion. Both battalions were
officially activated in September 1943 and shipped to Great Britain where they
were prepared for Operation Overlord as part of six Ranger battalions of the
Second World War.
On 6 June 1944, Dog, Easy, and Fox Companies, commanded by
Lt. Colonel James Rudder, landed at Pointe du Hoc from LCA landing craft and
specially modified DUKW "Ducks" operated by the Royal Navy. The 225
Rangers had set off from Britain to launch an assault upon the cliffs
overlooking the English Channel. In order to augment the strength of the 2nd
Battalion, members of what was formerly the 29th Rangers were assigned as well.
Several landing craft containing Rangers and supplies
capsized in the stormy waters and many Rangers drowned due to heavy equipment,
but others were saved and hoisted into other DUKWs to participate in the
attack. The Rangers had planned to land at the base of the cliffs at 0600
hours, however, because of a navigational error, they landed nearly an hour
late. This cost the lives of more Rangers as well as the element of surprise.
During the attack, the 190 remaining Rangers scaled the cliffs utilizing rope
ladders, but only 90 Rangers were still able to bear arms after two days of
relentless fighting. During the assault, 2nd Battalion managed to disable a
battery of 155mm French artillery captured by the Germans, which was their
primary objective. These guns were to be aimed at Utah Beach, however, the
Rangers prevented their use, saving American lives on the shores of Normandy.
Meanwhile, Able, Baker and Charlie Companies landed along
with the 5th Rangers, the 1st Infantry Division and the 29th Infantry Division
at Omaha Beach. They suffered extremely heavy casualties but were able to
complete their D-Day objectives. Able alone lost up to 96% casualties with just
two men making it off the beaches..
Super realistic head sculpt
Palms for holding Rifle
M41 field jacket
M1 helmet with liner
M1926 Inflatable Floatation Belt
Gas Detection Brassard
M1910 Canteen with cover(Buckles Can be opened)
M1942 First aid pouch
M1943 Entrenching tool with carrier(Buckles Can be opened)
BAR rifle magazine belt (Buckles Can be opened)
M7 assault gas mask bag
Grenade x 2
Dog Tag X 2
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle with magazine clip X 2 (All metal)
Ranger qualification badge
Private first class rank badge X 2
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