Academic journal article Parameters

Fighting the Ranger Way

Academic journal article Parameters

Fighting the Ranger Way

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Major Robert Rogers fought for the British in North America during the French and Indian War. His skill in wilderness fighting and his dynamic leadership helped establish an elite unit known as Rangers. As a pioneer in the development of irregular warfare, his rules have relevance even today.

Don't forget nothing.

When you're on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.

Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. An army is depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or officer.

Don't never take a chance you don't have to.

When we're on the march, we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through two men.

When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.

If we take prisoners, we keep 'em separate till we have had time to examine them. …

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