Sunday, December 14, 2008

1st Ranger Pics

Here's my Ranger battalion.  Odd that we've all got Rangers done early on in the process.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion

A couple of items discovered on the web covering the actions of C & D companies of the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion in support of the Rangers and Commandos




Monday, December 8, 2008

Ranger update

I'm making good progress on my Ranger Battalion to, I should be able post some pictures soon.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Fabulous Disappearing HQ

I've more or less finished building 1st Ranger Battalion - pictures later.  

Next was going to be the Ranger Force HQ.  I say "was" because it now appears there wasn't such a thing.  By the time of the Anzio landings a 6615th Ranger Force had been constituted but it now appears this was a response to the problems co-ordinating Ranger operations at Salerno. 

Colonel William Darby was the father of the modern Rangers and was seen as their commander at the time but strictly speaking in September 1943 he was only commander of the 1st Battalion.  He directed the Chiunzi pass battles without the benefit of a properly constituted brigade/regiment HQ.

What does this mean for the game?  Not a lot, I suspect, but it does rather suggest that I need to add a specific Darby figure to 1st Bn's four figure HQ.


Friday, December 5, 2008

USS LCI (L) 35's role in the Invasion of Salerno on September 9th

Interesting little snippet on one of the LCI(L)'s involved in the operation link
There is a useful map and panorama.