Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc--the Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and…

Paperback | November 5, 2013

byPatrick K. O'donnell

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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 Hürtgen 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.

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An epic World War II story of valor, sacrifice, and the Rangers who led the way to victory in EuropeIt 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 ...

Patrick K. O'Donnell is a military historian and the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestseller and William E. Colby Award winner Beyond Valor, Give Me Tomorrow, and We Were One, the highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks' award-winning miniseries Band...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Liberator"Long admired for his powerful combat narratives, with Dog Company O’Donnell has produced his finest book yet. A fascinating tale of extraordinary heroism."John C. McManus, author of September Hope"An intimate history in the Band of Brothers tradition. Only a gifted combat historian like Patrick O'Donnell could bring Dog Company’s story to life with such stunning immediacy and well researched accuracy. Chock full of pulse pounding action and keen insight, this book is a true page-turner."Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach"No World War II historian can tell the story of the U.S. Army Rangers better than Pat O’Donnell, and in his book Dog Company he has managed to relate the remarkable history of a single Ranger company in an informative and entertaining way. It is a great read, and I recommend it highly, both to history buffs and those with only a passing interest in America’s past."Flint Whitlock, author of If Chaos Reigns"Wow! Another victory for Patrick O’Donnell, who really captures the spirit of this elite group of Rangers&mdashpossibly the toughest fighting force America has ever put together. Dog Company is every bit as good as Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, and likely even better.”General Doug Brown USA (Ret.) Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command 2003-2007"This is an incredible story of courage under fire, leadership at all levels and bravery beyond comprehension. The bravery and leadership of Dog Company lives on in today’s Army Rangers as they take the fight to America’s enemies in the Global War on Terror. This is the story of real American heroes and no one can tell the story better than Patrick K. O’Donnell."Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage"Patrick O’Donnell has set the gold standard for war histories rich in color, drama and detail. With Dog Company, he’s hit that high mark once more. Drawing on a trove of government reports plus hundreds of in-depth interviews with the men who fought, O’Donnell takes you from the scaling of Pointe du Hoc’s murderous cliffs on the Normandy coast to the Battle of the Bulge and into the rubble of Germany. World War II comes to life through the eyes of this one company of intrepid U.S. Army Rangers."Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author"A great American writer."Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer prize winning author of Day of Battle"Remarkable and very readable...vivid." Kirkus Reviews, 10/1/12“[An] inspiring storyO'Donnell engagingly describes how a dedicated team was built out of the specialist training it received, but he is at his best presenting the fortunes and shocks of battle as the months of planning and training were blown away in a series of mischances that also fortuitously safeguarded the unit from delayed pre-invasion bombing runsA worthy tribute honoring each member of a small group of volunteers who responded to the call of duty.” Bookviews blog, November 2012 “The story of the heroism of the men defies the imagination, but it is real and told well by a distinguished military historian.” Politics & Patriotism blog, 11/7/12“A fast-paced read that’ll redefine your understanding of the U.S. Army Rangers in Europe during Word War Two.” Roanoke Times, 11/9/12 “A fine tale of heroism and sacrifice marked by many personal interviews with the very few present-day survivors.” Kingman Standard, 11/7/12“Carefully documented and researched[O’Donnell’s] interviews of many surviving veterans have captured their stories in fitting detailThis is a 5-star book and one which every veteran can be proud of having on their bookshelf!”, 11/18/12 “No one doubts the bravery of the gallant men of Dog CompanyAnd no one is more qualified to tell the tale than Patrick K. O’Donnell.”, 11/29/12“Fine and finely detailedThere is plenty of action here, plenty of detail about battles major and minor, plenty of heroism to contemplate, and plenty of material to keep readers fascinated by the events of World War II interested.” Philadelphia Tribune, 11/18/12 “Thoroughly researched and vividly told.” Reference and Research Book News, December 2012 “Written in a dramatic narrative style for general readers and WWII history buffs, the book emphasizes the roles and relationships of individual members of the company.” Midwest Book Review, November 2012 “[An] excellent contribution to military history shelves, thoroughly accessible to scholars and lay readers alike.” San Antonio Express-News, 12/21/12 “The daring combat actions by ‘boys’ from America’s heartland comes to life in Dog CompanyO’Donnell captures the intensity of the mission.” Marion Sentinel, 12/20/12 “Tells [Tom Ruggiero’s] D-Day story in tight detail. It also provides fresh and intimate looks at how the Plymouth native and others in Dog Company went on to fight their way across France and into Germany. O’Donnell’s story captures the essence of bravery in a man we can all still proudly honor.” Milwaukee Public Library blog, 12/28/12 “If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, then this new book on D Daywill be right up your alley. Well researched and written, the story of a company of US Army Rangers and their near impossible mission is a tale of honor, gallantry, persistence and death.” Seattle Times, 1/6/13 “O’Donnell skillfully tells the tale of the 68 soldiers who made up the 2nd Ranger Battalion Though there have been hundreds of books that tackled D-Day, none have given so much detail to this one company or to Pointe du Hoc O’Donnell does an admirable job presenting the story of the Rangers in such minute detail that you feel you are there during the assault Dog Company helps keep that sacrifice alive with the cinematic telling of a small story that forever changed history.”, 12/11/13:  “[O’Donnell] writes vividly about warReaders of Dog Company will be immersed in the soldiers’ lives from training all the way to the battles they fought.” Lima News, 2/10/13 “O’Donnell paints a vivid picture of the valor possessed by the 68 soldiers of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, D company during World War II. If you enjoyed ‘Band of Brothers,’ this story is for you.” The Key Reporter, 3/12/13 “Powerful, immediate and poignant.  The men of Dog Company richly deserve this remembrance of their valor.” Midwest Book Review, March 2013 “A powerful account of World War II and a 'must' for any military history holding.” America in WWII, April 2013 “O’Donnell effectively captures the story of these Dog Company Rangers in combatA fast-paced personal storyIt blows away the dust of history.” WestLife, 3/27/13 “Provides an hour-by-hour account of Dog Company’s stand against a much larger German force.” World War II, May/June 2013 “Dog has found a fitting chronicler in Patrick O’DonnellA unique reconstruction of a special kind of war fought by a rare breed of soldiersA gripping account[An] understated but eloquent tribute to service beyond any call of duty.” Defense Media Network, 6/5/13 “A vivid narrative of rare power. Personal details, so important in an account like this, add an intimacy to the triumphs and trauma of life in the service and survival on the battlefield, and O’Donnell’s narrative is rich with them[An] amazing story.” Collected Miscellany, 5/27/13 “Adds to the rich history on the 2nd Ranger BattalionOne of O’Donnell’s strengths is his ability to capture the story of the individual soldier in the midst of a larger battleO’Donnell adds another layer to the rich history of Ranger warfare in World War II.” Hudson Valley News, 12/4/13 “With first-hand accounts from the survivors of Dog Company, the author recreates the European campaign.”“A very readable, vivid, and often insightful look at the Rangers who stormed Pointe du Hoc on D-DayAn excellent treatment of men in combat, Dog Company is worth reading for anyone interested in D-Day, the war in Europe, or special operations forces.”