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Stimson recommended to the President that, in view of Darby’s outstanding combat record, his name remain on the list and that he be promoted posthumously. Truman agreed and on 15 May 1945, slightly more than three months after his thirty-fourth birthday, Darby was promoted to brigadier generalz3 He was the only Army officer to be posthumously promoted to star rank during the war. 1 5 Zerf w i 1, General Background The action fought by the 5th Ranger Battalion above Zerf, Germany, during 23-27 February 1945 was one of the most successful Ranger operations of World War II.
A report prepared by VI Corps’ 61 professed that, had the attack on Cisterna succeeded, “it would have been a brilliant tactical move with, farreaching effects upon the operations in this area. “3l The Gl would have placed the blame more squarely if he had 40 laid it on poor intelligence. Although sufficient information had been collected to correctly determine the enemy’s capabilities and probable course of action, they had been sorely misjudged. angers contributed to their own end, though to an indefinite degree.
He told him that the commander of the 1st Ranger Battalion had been wounded and the executive officer of the 3d Ranger Battalion killed. ” Darby told Ehalt that he would never forget the surrounded men and would be with them till the end. 27 Other painful dramas, much like Ehalt’s, were played out in the triangular field as the heavily equipped Germans, using farmers’ access roads for their armor, broke the Rangers into ever smaller groups and captured them or annihilated them in detail. By the end of the day, the 1st and 3d Ranger Battalions had ceased to exist.