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Through the wheat : the U.S. Marines in World War I

Author: Edwin H Simmons; Joseph H Alexander
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©2008.
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"The U.S. Marines entered World War I as a small force of seagoing light infantry that had rarely faced a well-armed enemy. On a single faced day, in their initial assault "through the wheat" on Belleau Wood against German machine guns and poison gas shells, the Marines suffered more casualties than they had experienced in all their previous 142 years. Yet at Belleau Wood, Soissons, Blanc Mont, St. Mihiel, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Simmons, Edwin H., 1921-2007.
Through the wheat.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)649480791
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin H Simmons; Joseph H Alexander
ISBN: 9781591147916 1591147913
OCLC Number: 213602032
Description: xxv, 296 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: "The War to end all wars" --
Fivefold expansion --
New frontiers --
"Over there" --
The trenches of Verdun --
"Retreat, Hell!" --
Belleau Wood --
"In every clime and place" --
Soissons: the first day --
Soissons: the second day --
Marbache and St. Mihiel --
Blanc Mont --
The Meuse-Argonne campaign --
The watch on the Rhine --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Medals of Honor awarded.
Responsibility: Edwin H. Simmons and Joseph H. Alexander.
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"The U.S. Marines entered World War I as a small force of seagoing light infantry that had rarely faced a well-armed enemy. On a single faced day, in their initial assault "through the wheat" on Belleau Wood against German machine guns and poison gas shells, the Marines suffered more casualties than they had experienced in all their previous 142 years. Yet at Belleau Wood, Soissons, Blanc Mont, St. Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne the Marines proved themselves to be hard-nosed diehards with an affinity for close combat. Nearly a century later Belleau Wood still resonates as a touchstone battle of the Corps." "Two retired Marines, well known for their achievements both in uniform and with the pen, have recorded this rich history in a way that only insiders can. Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Simmons and Col. Joseph H. Alexander recount events and colorful personalities in telling detail, capturing the spirit that earned the 4th Marine Brigade three awards of the French Croix de Guerre and launched the first pioneering detachments of "Flying Leathernecks." Here, hand-to-hand combat seen through the lenses of a gas mask is accompanied by thought-provoking assessments of the war's impact on the Marine Corps."--Jacket.

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