|United States Army Rangers|
Need some firepower sir?
|“|| Those "Rangers" are a very tough bunch if only half of what I've heard is true.|
- Andrew Campbell, Battle of Cherbourg
In their early years, the Rangers were consisted of rebel farmers during the American Revolution, who did small raids on specific targets. Later they moved on to become a bigger movement and then became known as the Rangers. They kept evolving into a bigger size and better soldiers and are today a great special operation force for the United States.
Made up of volunteers from the regular army during World War 2, Ranger units were usually employed in a commando role for special operations or to act as shock troops against very specific targets. If their weapons were no different from the light infantry's, they were always adapted to their missions and, in the hands of accomplished specialists, provided deadly firepower. They are also equipped with heavier bazookas, from which a precise shot can disable even a heavy tank from the late war.
|“|| Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.|
- George S. Patton
U.S. Army Rangers were elite commandos and infantry whose jobs were to clear out objectives and specialist operations before the impending army arrives. They were versatile, and can be called upon reliably. They possessed heavy anti-infantry and anti-vehicle weapons, and are great forces in numbers. Perhaps the most famous account of the Rangers was the battle of Point Du Hoc in Normandy, Rangers scaled massive cliffs to destroy artillery guns raining down shells on Utah and Omah beaches. However when the Ranger reached the top, they discovered that the guns had been moved inland.
The modern Rangers were born in WWII and served in the European and Pacific theaters. Five battalions of Rangers served in Europe and two battalions served in the Pacific. They were created by Colonel William J. Donovan upon the suggestion of the British Dudley Clarke, the creator of the British Commandos. The Rangers later went on to fight in Vietnam, Korea, and Iraq.
- These units are more powerful than G.I.s against infantry and buildings, but are still vulnerable against tanks and aircraft.
- These units along with G.I.s can be put into towns and woods which increase their attack and defense along with the ability to do surprise attack on the enemy, no matter how many times the enemy goes near a forest or town it will still count as a surprise attack.
- It is very dangerous for any infantry to be in the forest when a fire hits. The trees will be set on fire and not only cancel their bonuses but damage them as well; move them into a town or away from the fire.
- These units move twice as fast on roads when they are turned into transports trucks, but when attacked or attacking they must "exit" the vehicle which adds a delay to their offense.
- When combined with airborne troops, these units will be targeted first. When used near friendly tanks these units will "support" them.
- Rangers are the slowest to build of all factions soldiers, with the possible exception of the German Sturmgrenadier. The U.S.S.R.'s Gvardiya and Strelki being the fastest.
- The Rangers have the longest infantry range in the whole game with the exception of the Japanese marksmen.