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Miracle at Belleau Wood : the birth of the modern U.S. Marine Corps

Author: Alan Axelrod
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Even before it was over at the end of June 1918, Americans were hailing the Battle of Belleau Wood as "the Gettysburg of the Great War." World War I.U.S. Army general Robert L. Bullard put it this way: "The marines didn't win the war here, but they saved the Allies from defeat. Had they arrived a few hours later, I think that would have been the beginning of the end." Gettysburg? It was more like Thermopylae, 480  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Axelrod
ISBN: 9781599210254 1599210258
OCLC Number: 144579996
Description: xix, 252 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: A Patch of Woods vii --
Chapter 1 Bellhops and Stevedores 1 --
Chapter 2 "A Quiet Sector" 21 --
Chapter 3 Orders 41 --
Chapter 4 In This Line 57 --
Chapter 5 First Blood 67 --
Chapter 8 Retreat, Hell! 81 --
Chapter 7 Teufelhunden 97 --
Chapter 8 Hill 142 111 --
Chapter 9 A Dark, Sullen Mystery 129 --
Chapter 10 "Do You Want to Live Forever?" 143 --
Chapter 11 Taking Bouresches 159 --
Chapter 12 Armies of the Night 171 --
Chapter 13 "Cheap Successes" 183 --
Chapter 14 A Mad Lust 201 --
Chapter 15 Bois de la Brigade de Marine 215.
Responsibility: Alan Axelrod.
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An account of one of the US Army's most intense and ferocious actions of the Great War. This is also the story of how the Marines were transformed from a motley crew of shipboard soldiers and embassy  Read more...

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