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US Army Infantry School Rangers

Ranger Handbook
by U. S. Army Infantry School
Paperback (1981)

Required text for those who attend U. S. Army Ranger School.  This field manual explains infantry tactics taught in U. S. Army Ranger School, and is a required text for those who go there.   It covers leadership, battle drills, order formats, etc.
For a civilian, an interesting read.   As a leadership tool for the business world, it is revealing in its detail.   How many times have you got 'orders' from superiors that are vague?  How many times have you given them?   The Ranger Handbook describes how that organization has sought to make information flow clear and concise.   However, don't expect to simply 'photocopy' the've got to learn and apply it.   (It might not be the best thing to leave on your desk for everyone to see...)   Also, it's an interesting camping companion.   Good sections on first aid and shelter.   Small and durable, you can take it anywhere.
The best planning template, period!    The Ranger Handbook is not only the best tactical field manual ever written, but has far reaching implications for any business person involved in planning on any level.   While an excellent template for small unit tactics, the principles and procedures have a direct correlation to everyday life.   The Ranger Handbook can be the perfect template for a business plan, a special event plan, or a marketing and sales plan.   
I highly recommend it for anyone, military or not.   Now, my bias.   I graduated from Ranger school in 1988.    Little did I know that that 8-week course would forever change my life.   
I use something that I learned in that course, and subsequently from this book, every single day of my life.  Rangers, Lead the Way!

U.S. Ranger Major John Lock vividly brings to life the horrific battles and the heroic exploits -- from the French and Indian War to Desert Storm -- of a special breed of men for whom "valor, honor, and country" mean more than life itself.
The foundation of principles upon which being a Ranger is built, its very roots, can be readily comprehended from the history of the United States Army Ranger.   It is that history, that lineage, that tradition constructed by those generations past and present, whose dedication, honor, courage, perseverance, blood, and ultimate personal sacrifice to which we owe so much.
At 600+ pages, To Fight is the most definitive work on the three and a half centuries of Ranger intrepidity.  While researching for another book on Ranger training, The Coveted Black and Gold, I was astonished to find that no comprehensive work had yet been written about this oldest and most historied of American military units.   Dan Bolger, in his endorsement of To Fight, said it best: "The history of American Rangers is the history of America.    When Americans go to war, Rangers lead the way."
On behalf of ALL Rangers, past and present -- especially those who participated and gave their "full measure of devotion" in support of Task Force Ranger in Somalia, I am proud and honored to have authored their story.

US Army Rangers and LRRP Units 1942-87
by Gordon Rottman, Ronald Volstad
Paperback (1988)

Excellent, a must for those interested in Ranger and LRRP.    A more compact, its is 64 pages, well written and illustrated book on the Ranger and Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) units of the period will be hard to find.   According to the author information, Gordon Rottman was a Special Forces weapons specialist in the 5th SF Group in Vietnam in 1969-1970. 
At the time of publication in 1987, he was a civilian contract Special Operations Intelligence Specialist at the Army Joint Readiness Center, Fort Chaffee, AK and, as a Reserve MSG, the Operations Sergeant of the Opposing Forces Group of the 75th Maneuver Area Command. 
Ron Volstad did the illustrations and, not to take anything away from the text, the illustrations alone are worth the price of the book.
The book contains 10 pages of full color plates with 55 artist renderings depicting uniforms and equipment of Ranger and LRRP units of all eras from 1942 to 1987.  The artist is very faithful in his capturing of the uniforms worn, including insignia, and the equipment carried by particular individuals.  The artists illustrations are described in the last section of the book. Each picture has the specific items of clothing and equipment identified including the year of introduction of the item and its supply system designation (e.g. "M1 rifle with M7A1 grenade launcher and M15 grenade sight").   In addition to the artist pictures, the book includes numerous photographs of the Ranger and LRRP units and individuals from the years covered.

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