The World War II Exploits of Darby's Ranger and Combat Photographer Phil Stern

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The World War II Exploits of Darby's Ranger and Combat Photographer Phil Stern

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Prior to Phil Stern's death on December 13, 2014, his original, unfinished, tattered manuscript was discovered, stashed away in an old folio box in his cluttered Hollywood bungalow. Although best remembered for his iconic images of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and JFK's inauguration, his remarkable service during World War II as a combat photographer has remained unknown. Until now.

Stern's catchy 1940s lingo, honest and intimate observations, and humor transport the reader 70 years back in time to experience the key battles of the Mediterranean Theater. With his lens and pen, Stern introduces readers to the hardscrabble Rangers, the desert oases of Morocco and Algeria, and the muddied beaches of Mussolini's Italy. Snapdragon is an artifact of that time, told not by a man reminiscing in his twilight years, but by a young soldier fresh from the battlefields.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Discovery
Introduction: Back in the USA
Part I: The Beginning
Chapter 1: So you want to be a Ranger
Chapter 2: Onward We Stagger
Chapter 3: HMS Royal Ulsterman
Chapter 4: Shipping Out
Part II: North Africa
Chapter 5: Operation Torch
Chapter 6: Adapt and Prepare
Chapter 7: Don't you know there's a war on Son?
Chapter 8: The Pigeon and the G.I.
Chapter 9: Tebessa
Chapter 10: Sened Station Raid
Chapter 10: Kasserine Pass
Chapter 11: El Guettar
Chapter 12: Wham, I'm hit!
Chapter 13: Casablanca Hospital
Part III: Sicily
Chapter 14: Operation Husky
Chapter 15: Vincere “Victory”
Chapter 16: Postwar Life
Epilogue: The Final Patrol and Legacy

Product details

Published May 22 2018
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 312
ISBN 9781472828507
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Liesl Bradner

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