Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood 1918: America's Baptism of Fire on the Marne (Campaign, Volume 177)

Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood 1918: America's Baptism of Fire on the Marne (Campaign, Volume 177)

David Bonk


In March 1918 of global struggle I (1914-1918), the Germans had effectively driven the frontline to inside of 120km of Paris; the city of castle Thierry marking the top of German boost. 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 way of this luck, the 2nd Marine department was once tasked with taking the strategically major Belleau wooden. at the Marines arrival the French have been taking flight within the face of the German onslaught, however the Marines defiantly declared "Retreat, hell! We simply obtained here!" To take the wooden the Marines marched via an uncovered wheat box lower than fierce German fireplace, and suffered a fantastic casualty rate.

The Marines, undaunted, reached the wooden and bitterly struggled for 20 days, taking pictures and re-capturing it six instances 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 used to be formally renamed Bois de los angeles Brigade de Marine in honor in their braveness and victory.

Discussing the method hired by means of the Allies and followed via unique photos and distinctive maps, this booklet examines the 2 key battles that observed America's baptism of fireplace in global warfare I: Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood.

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