McFarlane Toys MF60380A2 Military Set #2: US Army Ranger #2 (1:24 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
At end of the Vietnam War, division and brigade commanders saw that the U.S. Army needed an elite, light infantry capable of rapid deployment, so, in 1974, General Creighton Abrams created the 1st Ranger Battalion; eight months later, the 2nd Ranger Battalion was created; and, in 1984, the 3rd Ranger Battalion and the regimental headquarters was created. In 1986, the 75th Ranger Regiment was formed and their lineage formally authorized.
The 4th, 5th, and 6th Ranger Battalions were re-activated, becoming the Ranger Training Brigade, the instructors of the modern day Ranger School. As parts of a TRADOC school, the 4th, 5th and 6th Ranger Battalions are no longer included in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Rangers have since participated in numerous operations, including the failed 1980 attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Teheran, Iran in (Operation Eagle Claw); 1st and 2nd Ranger Battalions during Operation Urgent Fury on Grenada in 1983; all three Ranger battalions plus headquarters elements during Operation Just Cause in 1989; company from 3rd Battalion was deployed during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in 1991; Bravo Company, 3rd Ranger Battalion as the base for Task Force Ranger during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, concurrent with Operation Restore Hope; various elements from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Ranger Battalions were deployed to Haiti in 1994, before the operation's cancellation when recalled 5 miles from the Haitian coast; and the 3rd Ranger Battalion spearheaded the assaults against Afghanistan in 2001 and the entire Regiment Iraq War in 2003. The 75th Ranger Regiment remains engaged continuously in combat operations as the Ranger units rotate frequently. The 75th Ranger Regiment is one of a very small group of units that has remained constantly deployed for the entire global war on terrorism to hot spots around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan. Sold Out!
Height: 3 inches
Release Date: October 2008