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The Battle History of the U.S. Marines
is the only single-volume, definitive combat history of the United States Marines, covering more than two centuries of battles in the air and on land and sea--literally "from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli," from Suribachi to Somalia. It presents graphic narratives of such epic engagements as Belleau Wood, Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Saipan, Okinawa, the Chosin Reservoir, Khe Sanh, and many more.
You will meet the Marine sharpshooters in the "fighting tops" of our young country's legendary frigates, as they took on the British navy during the American revolution; discover the exploits of Marine pilots in the "Banana Wars," in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, and later over Korea and Vietnam; and share the tension and terror of stalking the enemy on aMarine patrol in the jungles of the Pacific islands and Southeast Asia.
An award-winning military historian and a retired Marine colonel, Joseph H. Alexander served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He tells the Marine combat story in a no-holds-barred narrative, with dozens of sidebars full of fascinating vignettes and Marine lore accompanied by nearly one hundred rare combat photographs and vivid sketches and numerous maps.
The legends, the leaders and the great traditions of the Marines--a rousing narrative rich with fascinating detail and loaded with rare combat photos of Marines in action. Illustrations, photos & maps. Syndicated radio feature.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
Joseph H. Alexander was the Naval Institute's 1997 Author of the Year for his award-winning book, Utmost Savagery: Three Days of Tarawa.
He is also the author Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles of the Central Pacific.
and coauthor of Sea Soldiers in the Cold War: Amphibious Warfare,
, 1945-1991. Alexander served for twenty-eight years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a colonel and starting a writing career. He serves as the chief historian and scriptwriter of history TV documentaries for Lou Reda Productions that are aired on the History Channel of the Arts and Entertainment network.
The late Don Horan was a military author and documentary producer and winner of two Emmy Awards.
Norman C. Stahl lent his long expertise in editing and writing on Marine history.