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Château Thierry & Belleau Wood 1918: America’s baptism of fire on the Marne (Campaign)
 : Château Thierry & Belleau Wood 1918: America’s baptism of fire on the Marne (Campaign)

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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Brand: Osprey Publishing
EAN: 9781846030345
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 184603034X
Item Dimensions: 9707226720
Label: Osprey Publishing
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Osprey Publishing
MPN: Illustrations
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 96
Publication Date: January 30, 2007
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Release Date: January 30, 2007
Studio: Osprey Publishing

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In March 1918 of World War I (1914-1918), the Germans had successfully pushed the frontline to within 120km of Paris; the town of Chateau Thierry marking the tip of German advance. Nevertheless, in a daring counter-offensive on June 3, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) reinforced the French and threw the Germans back across the Marne River.



Exhilarated by this success, the 2d Marine Division was tasked with taking the strategically significant Belleau Wood. On the Marines arrival the French were retreating in the face of the German onslaught, but the Marines defiantly declared "Retreat, hell! We just got here!" To take the wood the Marines marched through an exposed wheat field under fierce German fire, and suffered a staggering casualty rate.



The Marines, undaunted, reached the wood and bitterly struggled for 20 days, capturing and re-capturing it six times over, and finally securing the position against all odds, ending the last German offensive on the Western Front. The US forces suffered 9,777 casualties, took 1,800 German prisoners, and the wood was officially renamed Bois de la Brigade de Marine in honor of their courage and victory.



Discussing the strategy employed by the Allies and accompanied by original photographs and detailed maps, this book examines the two key battles that saw America's baptism of fire in World War I: Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood.





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