Название: Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps Автор: Alan Axelrod Издательство: Lyons Press ISBN: 1599210258 Год: 2007 Страниц: 272 Язык: английский Формат: pdf (true), djvu Размер: 10.1 MB
The battle that transformed a group of common soldiers into the modern-day Marine Corps. Miracle at Belleau Wood begins in June 1918 at Les Mare Farm in France with just 200 U.S. marines, who spilled their blood to prevail against impossible odds, resisting an overwhelming German force of thousands and turned the battle back against the enemy, saved Paris, saved France, and saved the Allied hope of victory. Called “the Gettysburg of the Great War” by many at the time, it rescued America and its allies from almost certain defeat. This book tells the riveting story of the modern marines as America’s fiercest and most effective warriors, the world’s preeminent fighting elite. Miracle at Belleau Wood is the story of an epoch-making battle–a battle that elevated the Corps to legendary status and forever burned them into the American imagination.
Four years of boots, bombs, shells, and rain had churned much of Belgium and France into a glutinous mud indistinguishable from the mud-dun uniforms of the young warriors who contended for this ugly ground. By 1918, with the United States in the struggle, the Great War (as it was then called) had become truly a world war, and it was now increasingly difficult to find a place on the planet untouched by the conflagration. Yet, in France, on the western front, no more than two score miles east of Paris, at the very seam of the inferno, there was such a place, even in the spring of 1918. It was called the Bois de Belleau, Belleau Wood.
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