First to Fight: The U.S. Marines in World War I

Author:   Oscar E. Gilbert ,  Romain Cansiere
Publisher:   Casemate Publishers
ISBN:  

9781612005089


Pages:   360
Publication Date:   31 December 2017
Format:   Hardback
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First to Fight: The U.S. Marines in World War I


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An account of how the Marine Corps were the first Americans to fight in WWI and how they became an elite fighting force. The Marines went to war as part of the American Expeditionary Force, bitterly resented by the Army and General Pershing. The Army tried to use them solely as labor troops and replacements, but the German spring offensive of 1918 forced the issue. This book looks at all the operations of the Marine Corps in World War I, and considers the units that supported the Marine Brigade. It will examine how, during the war years, the Marine Corps changed from a small organisation of naval security detachments to an elite land combat force. AUTHORS: Oscar E. Gilbert was a U.S. Marine Corps artilleryman and instructor, and retired after a thirty-eight year career in government service, university teaching, and international petroleum exploration. He is the author of numerous books on military history. Romain V. Cansiere is a native of southern France, interested in the U. S. Marine Corps since his teenage years. His current historical research is on the Marine Corps in World War I. Oscar and Romain co-authored Tanks In Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company On Tarawa, winner of the 2016 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for distinguished non-fiction. 30 illustrations

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Author:   Oscar E. Gilbert ,  Romain Cansiere
Publisher:   Casemate Publishers
Imprint:   Casemate Publishers
ISBN:  

9781612005089


ISBN 10:   161200508
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   31 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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We simply don't know enough about the US Marine Corps's contribution to the First World War. Authors Gilbert and Cansiere set the records straight with an amazingly detailed account of the American Expeditionary Force at Belleau Wood in 1918. * Books Monthly * If you have an interest in the activities of the USMC then this would be a welcome addition to your library, even if your interest is only passing there is more than enough to keep you dipping in and out. * Army Rumour Service * There is much here to tempt both the wargamer and the military historian. * Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis * All and all, the book is a good, balanced and detailed account of the marine Corps in the Great War, Recommended. * Stand to! *


We simply don't know enough about the US Marine Corps's contribution to the First World War. Authors Gilbert and Cansiere set the records straight with an amazingly detailed account of the American Expeditionary Force at Belleau Wood in 1918. * Books Monthly * If you have an interest in the activities of the USMC then this would be a welcome addition to your library, even if your interest is only passing there is more than enough to keep you dipping in and out. * Army Rumour Service *


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Oscar E. Gilbert was a U.S. Marine Corps artilleryman and instructor, and retired after a thirty-eight year career in government service, university teaching, and international petroleum exploration. He is the author of numerous books on military history. Romain V. Cansiere is a native of southern France, interested in the U. S. Marine Corps since his teenage years. His current historical research is on the Marine Corps in World War I.

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