Rangers at Dieppe

The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II


From the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling American Sniper comes a remarkable true story of heroism and sacrifice in World War II.
In the darkest days of 1942, an Allied force set out to capture the Nazi-occupied French port of Dieppe. More than two years had passed since the British had been humiliated at Dunkirk, and nearly nine months since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The Germans held the continent in a death grip. Now, some six thousand British and Canadian troops were attempting to gain a foothold on Hitler's domain. Joining the crusaders were fifty hand-selected, specially-trained soldiers from a new commando unit. These were to be the first Americans to fight in Europe, and they would become known as the U.S. Army Rangers.
The mission was doomed, but the bravery the Rangers displayed proved that Americans were every bit as tough as their allies and enemies. Drawn from firsthand accounts and historical documents, this is an unforgettable story of the forging of an American legacy that still endures today.

“[A] carefully researched and brilliantly executed narrative of the modern Rangers’ baptism in blood.”—America in WWII
  • Penguin Publishing Group; January 2008
  • ISBN: 9781101207697
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  • Title: Rangers at Dieppe
  • Author: Jim Defelice
  • Imprint: Dutton Caliber

In The Press

Praise for Rangers at Dieppe

“A remarkable saga of heroism under fire...this is military history at its best.”—Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, co-author of Beyond Band of Brothers
“A carefully researched and brilliantly executed narrative of the modern Rangers' baptism in blood. DeFelice's skillful account of this almost unknown story sheds bright light onto the origins of a great American military tradition.”—America in WWII

“An up-to-date, clearly written, comprehensively researched account of the formation and training of the American Rangers.”—Booklist
“Carefully researched and vividly told.”—Publishers Weekly

“From El Guettar in Tunisia to Pointe du Hoc in Normandy and beyond, Rangers led the way in World War II. They established a reputation second to none, and Rangers at Dieppe is a fitting commemoration of those Rangers who were first to fight. The fifty men who landed alongside the British and Canadians were novices to combat: its chaos, its fear, its unending noise. But Rangers were never supermen—just men who did extraordinary things extraordinarily well. Their legend began on the beaches of Dieppe, and DeFelice is its fitting chronicler.”—Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century

About The Author

Jim DeFelice is the co-author of Chris Kyle’s #1 New York Times bestseller American Sniper. He is also the author of West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony ExpressOmar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America’s last five-star general; and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. He writes acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.