By David Bonk
In March 1918 of global battle I (1914-1918), the Germans had effectively driven the frontline to inside of 120km of Paris; town of castle Thierry marking the top of German develop. however, in a bold counter-offensive on June three, the yank Expeditionary strength (AEF) bolstered the French and threw the Germans again around the Marne River.
Exhilarated by way of this good fortune, the 2nd Marine department was once tasked with taking the strategically major Belleau wooden. at the Marines arrival the French have been chickening out within the face of the German onslaught, however the Marines defiantly declared "Retreat, hell! We simply bought here!" To take the wooden the Marines marched via an uncovered wheat box less than fierce German hearth, and suffered a unbelievable casualty rate.
The Marines, undaunted, reached the wooden and bitterly struggled for 20 days, shooting and re-capturing it six occasions over, and at last securing the placement opposed to all odds, finishing the final German offensive at the Western entrance. the USA forces suffered 9,777 casualties, took 1,800 German prisoners, and the wooden was once formally renamed Bois de l. a. Brigade de Marine in honor in their braveness and victory.
Discussing the tactic hired by way of the Allies and observed via unique photos and distinctive maps, this ebook examines the 2 key battles that observed America's baptism of fireside in global struggle I: Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood.
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