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The Do-Or-Die Men: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion at Guadalcanal
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The gripping true account of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion — from its formation and training to its heroic baptism under fire in the battles of Tulagi and Guadalcanal.
No campaign in World War II was undertaken with as many shortcomings as Operation Watchtower — the invasion of Guadalcanal in the summer of 1942. Rushed into action with little training, virtually no enemy intelligence, and using equipment left over from World War I, the gutsy-but-green men of the 1st Marine Division and its attached units were thrown headlong into what would become one of the bloodiest battles of the war.
During almost four trying months of constant shelling, bombing, and ground attacks, the 1st Marine Division defied all the odds and somehow managed to beat the hardened Japanese troops at their own game. No campaign in World War II was conducted with as much ferocity. No campaign saw such sustained violence on land, at sea, and in the air. And no other campaign hung in the balance for so long — to finally be won by the unrelenting courage of a group of American heroes who never gave up the fight.
The captivating, edge-of-your-seat story of the formation, training, and courageous fighting of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion--and the heroes it produced. No campaign in World War II was undertaken with as many shortcomings as the invasion of Tulagi and Guadalcanal in the summer of 1942. No campaign saw such sustained violence on land, at sea, and in the air, and no campaign produced as much courage and heroics. Boasting two Congressional Medals of Honor and thirty-seven Navy crosses among them, the Marine Raider Battalion's story is both riveting and fascinating.
The riveting real-life account of the courageous American soldiers who won everlasting glory during the WWII battle for Guadalcanal. From a 25-year veteran of active military service comes this gripping, revealing, and heroic history of the Ist Marine Raider Battalion--a stunning true story of the grass-green U.S. infantrymen who fought and triumphed against more experienced Japanese soldiers in the epic battle for control of the strategically significant island of Guadalcanal in 1942.
The captivating, real-life account of the formation, training, and courageous fighting of the American soldiers who won everlasting glory during the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. Original.
About the Author
George W. Smith is a former sports writer for The Hartford Courant, having retired in 1995. He was also an Army officer whose final assignment was as an information adviser to the 1st ARVN Division at Hue, Vietnam, in 1968. He has written two other books: The Siege at Hue and Carlson's Raid, which was a selection of The Military History Book-of-the-Month Club. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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