Home of the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion (RS) INC.
a 501(c)3 non-profit re-enacting society
A REENACTING SOCIETY WITH APPROVAL FROM THE WWII RANGERS ASSOCIATION AND DESCENDANTS OF WWII RANGERS
"WEB SITE DEDICATED TO ALL THE 5TH RANGER VETERANS"
The 5th Ranger Battalion has been credited with breaching the Atlantic Wall on Dog White Beach 6 June 1944, attacking and capturing German Forts on the Brest Peninsula, holding the Irsh-Zerf road 10 miles behind German lines in Germany waiting for the Armor to relieve them. These are just a few major battles that the 5th Rangers were involved in during WWII. This Organization reenacts this RANGER BATTALION by the most authentic means possible, through research as well, spending time with the original Rangers of WWII and their families members. It is a great honor for us to be partners in education with the WWII Ranger Battalions Association, and WWII Sons and Daughters Organization. To this date this organization is the only WWII non-profit Reenacting Society to be formally invited and holding a standing invitation to attend all WWII Ranger Reunions. Over the years we have become personal friends with Rangers from all six Ranger Battalions, and they continue to mentor our impressions.
Since the founding of this one unit, we have grown into four Companies of Rangers, Baker, Charlie, Dog and Headquarters and a WWII Reenacting Society with five companies from other WWII companies, which have enhanced our growing family under the MHPA. We are recognized internationally as one of the premier worldwide reenacting societies, having been filmed for several History Channel specials including Flashback TV specials. Many other reenacting units portarying the 5th Rangers have come to us and learn in order to have the best possible impressions.
The 5th Rangers are a group of members who represent these brave men in WWII. We are the original 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion (RS) Incorporated which is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational society. The goal is to accurately portray the WWII soldier and to educate the public.
We attend reunions, meetings, and funerals. Many people from this Greatest Generation are leaving us and it is our duty to strive for future generations to keep alive what they have done, to teach and show today's generation in the most accurate way possible; by wearing the uniforms, carrying the weapons and conducting ourselves in the same manner of the brave Rangers of WWII. The Rangers of WWII were some of the best trained soldiers in the US Army, when Maj William O. Darby (father of modern Rangers) started the Ranger program with the British Commandos in 1942, he established a new training program which made the officers train with their men.
We are in constant contact with surviving veterans from the 5th Ranger Battalion and pride ourselves on our first-person authenticity that in most cases have come straight from actual 5th Ranger Battalion veterans and their personal memories. We aim for 110% authenticity. We would like to thank Mr. Jerry Styles (son of Ranger Clarence Styles) for his encouragement, opinion, continued support, assistance and personal friendship.
You may know that the modern day Ranger's motto is "Rangers lead the way!". What you probably didn't know is that on D-Day, Dog White sector of Omaha Beach, General Norman Cota (assistant CO of the 29th ID) while under heavy machine gun fire, walked towards a group of HQ Company, 5th Rangers and asked "What outfit is this?", someone yelled out "Rangers!". To this, General Cota replied "Well, goddamn it!, Rangers, get up and lead the way!". It was at this time and place that the Ranger motto was born.
There is and has not ever been a major motion picture or TV show touching on the importance of the 5th Rangers on D-Day and beyond, even though the 5th Ranger Battalion was responsible for breaking out and securing the beachhead on Omaha Beach, Dog White, in doing so ensured the success of the landing, having the only unit to achieve their objective on D-Day. Battling through France's hedgerow country, Brittney fort busting campaign, pushing into Belgium and Luxembourg, holding the Irsch- Zerf road in Germany. After the War the 5th Rangers performed occupational duties until they were rotated back to the United States.
By reenacting the 5th we are able to maintain the history of the 5th Rangers in WWII, the men and their missions, so that many generations can continue to know the sacrifices made by these brave men and what they did.
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|5th Ranger History||
5th Rangers at Brest
|UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT USED BY THE 5TH RANGER INFANTRY BATTALION (RS)|