Actually, I specifically said Merill's Marauders do show they were an elite unit:PainRack wrote:Merill's Marauders aren't shock troops.
I'm not denying that some Rangers did well. I'm saying they overblew their reputation despite having marginal performance overall (which Skimmer points out may be an employment issue - fair enough).My further point is that a truly elite unit needs to have sound leadership. PDH was an example of very brave troops attacking a non-objective thanks to unsound leadership; who proceeded to attack despite knowing it was already a non-objective. That's not the actions of an "elite" unit. Merill's Marauders by contrast do show it by having excellent troops AND a sound a leader.
Also, while the thread is taking a collective deep breath, the German General who said US troops "benefitted more from their experiences than the British" was actually Rommel, not Bayerlein, and he's quoted in Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers page 66.
Because again, sorry, but sometimes I miss citation requests .
Finally, as for other elite units.... I was actually wondering about the Persian Immortals: Good troops, or just had the misfortune of facing the most war-obsessed Greeks and having their story told by less than-reliable Greek historians?