By David Bonk
In March 1918 of worldwide struggle I (1914-1918), the Germans had effectively driven the frontline to inside 120km of Paris; the city of castle Thierry marking the top of German increase. however, in a bold counter-offensive on June three, the yankee Expeditionary strength (AEF) bolstered the French and threw the Germans again around the Marne River.
Exhilarated by means of this good fortune, the 2nd Marine department used to be 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 miraculous 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 U.S. forces suffered 9,777 casualties, took 1,800 German prisoners, and the wooden was once formally renamed Bois de los angeles Brigade de Marine in honor in their braveness and victory.
Discussing the method hired by way of the Allies and followed through unique photos and targeted maps, this booklet examines the 2 key battles that observed America's baptism of fireside in international struggle I: Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood.
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