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Author Miller, J. Michael (Joseph Michael), 1955- author.

Title The 4th Marine Brigade at Belleau Wood and Soissons : history and battlefield guide / J. Michael Miller ; foreword by Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, USMC (Ret.)
Published Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 470 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. May 31-June 1, 1918-Movement to the Marne: "I Could Feel the Warm Drop of His Tears on my Hand" -- Belleau Wood Tour -- Stop 1. Montreuil-aux-Lions -- Stop 2. Le Thiolet, 2nd Division Boulder -- Stop 3. Lucy-le-Bocage, 2nd Division Boulder -- 2. June 3, 1918-Digging In: "When One Hits You Direct, You Are Just Saving Someone from Digging a Grave" -- 3. June 4, 1918-First Contact: "Those Germans Just Melted Away" -- 4. June 5-6, 1918: "Would the Lieutenant Like Some Cow Stew, Sir?" -- Belleau Wood Tour -- Stop 4. German Cemetery -- Stop 5. Bussaires -- Stop 6. Les Mares Farm -- Stop 7. Marigny-en-Orxois -- Stop 8. La Voie du Chatel -- 5. June 6, 1918-Berry's 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines: "It Is Uncertain Who Holds Bois de Belleau -- Belleau Wood Tour -- Stop 9. Wheat Field Attack, Belleau Wood Road -- Stop 10. Belleau Wood Monument -- 6. June 6, 1918-Sibley's 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines: "Come on You Bastards and Just Go. . . . What Do You Want to Do, Live Forever?" -- Belleau Wood Tour -- Stop 11. Attack of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines -- 7. June 6, 1918-Evening: "Come on Down and Join the Party" -- Belleau Wood Tour -- Stop 12. Bouresches -- 8. Belleau Wood Conclusions: "America Became the Deciding Factor in the War -- Belleau Wood Tour -- Stop 13. Aisne Marne Cemetery -- Stop 14. Belleau -- 9. Grand Strategy: "Thanks to the Arrival of American Reinforcements, Time Was Working Not for Us but against Us" -- 10. July 16-17, 1918-Internal Battles and the Movement to Soissons: "We, the Lousy Infantry, SOL as Always" -- Soissons Tour -- Stop 15. Oise Marne Cemetery: Cimetière Américain -- Stop 16. Courcy -- Stop 16A. Taillefontaine -- Stop 16B. Grenadier Guards -- Stop 16C. Lieutenant Henri de Chasseval
Stop 16D. General Mangin's Headquarters -- Stop 16E. Captain Joost van Vollenhoven -- Stop 17. Longpont -- 11. July 18, 1918-Daybreak: "Revenge, Revenge" -- Soissons Tour -- Stop 18. Verte Feuille Farm -- 12. July 18, 1918-Morning Assault: "It Looks Like as If We've Got to Take on the Whole German Army by Ourselves" -- Soissons Tour -- Stop 19. Beaurepaire Farm -- Stop 20. Maison Neuve Farm -- Stop 21. Chaudon -- Stop 22. Vauxcastille -- 13. July 18, 1918-Evening Assault: "Rage Carried Us over Those Last Few Yards to the Boche" -- Soissons Tour -- Stop 23. Vierzy Railroad Station -- Stop 24. Vierzy Cemetery -- 14. July 19, 1918-Attack of the 6th Marines: "We Threw Away the Hope of Life, and Yelling at the Top of Our Voices, We Struck Their Line" -- Soissons Tour -- Stop 25. 2nd Division Boulder -- Stop 26. German Grenadier Positions -- Stop 27. La Raperie -- Stop 28. British Cemetery -- Stop 29. Villemontoire -- Stop 30. 6th Marines' High-Water Mark -- Stop 31. 2nd Division Marker, Tigny -- Stop 32. Hughes's Advance -- 25. Aftermath: "How Many Hopes, Cherished during the Last Few Months, Had Probably Collapsed at One Blow!" -- 16. Final Conclusions: One Battle Remembered, One Battle Forgotten -- Soissons Tour -- Stop 33. French Cemetery -- Stop 34. German Cemetery -- Stop 35. American 1st Division Monument -- Stop 36. 15th Scottish Division Cemetery -- Appendix. Tables of Organization: Allied and German Units -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Back Cover
Summary "The Marines of the Fourth Brigade, one of two infantry brigades of the Second Division, US Army, carried out the major effort of the Marine Corps in Europe during World War I. The Marines' triumph in the Battles of Belleau Wood and Soissons-in June and July of 1918, respectively-is one of the greatest in Marine Corps history, and was so important to an eventual Allied victory in World War I that the only memorial in Europe dedicated to United States Marines commemorates Belleau Wood. Rather than using a top-down approach, Mike Miller draws on letters, diaries, memoirs, and interviews of Marines on the ground, resulting in a vivid and personal reconstruction of the battles. In addition to the extensive use of primary documents, this account puts equal emphasis on the Battle of Soissons, which is often neglected in other accounts. While Belleau Wood is rightly remembered as an engagement in which Marines fought with determination to clear out the Germans, it was at the Battle of Soissons that Allied forces overturned the Germans at last and turned the tide of the war. Miller amplifies the narrative with tour stops including GPS coordinates so readers visiting the sites or those in remote locations can see for themselves the terrain and other features of the battles."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-443) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject United States. Marine Corps. Marine Brigade, 4th.
SUBJECT United States. Marine Corps. Marine Brigade, 4th fast
Subject Belleau Wood, Battle of, France, 1918.
Soissons, Battle of, Soissons, France, 1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories -- United States
HISTORY -- World.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War I.
Regimental histories
France -- Soissons
United States
Form Electronic book
Author Miller, J. Michael (Joseph Michael), 1955- writer of foreword.
ISBN 9780700629589
Other Titles Fourth Marine Brigade at Belleau Wood and Soissons