The men of 1st U.S. Marine Raider Battalion, known by the name of its legendary commander Merritt Edson, provided the vanguard of an experiment with special lightly armed commando units in the Pacific.
On August 7, 1942, together with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, they landed on Tulagi, British Solomon Islands. Two days of severe fighting secured this strategic island in the Battle of Tulagi. After relocating to Guadalcanal they conducted raids on Savo Island and at Tasimboko, on Guadalcanal.
From 1942 to 1943, they fought seven critical battles in the Solomon Islands against some of Japan's most experienced jungle fighters. Twenty-four Raiders had ships named in their honour, all but one posthumously.
Joseph Alexander's book presents an abundance of first-person accounts of the conflicts, from Edson himself to such hard-nosed NCOs as Angus Goss, Walter Burak and Anthony Palonis.
About the Author
Col. Joseph H. Alexander, a Marine combat veteran, is the award-winning author of six books and helps produce documentaries about Marines. He lives in Asheville, NC.
|Prologue: Those Men in Burlap Hats||p. 1|
|The Roots of the Raiders, 1937-1941||p. 3|
|Commandos or Raiders? December 1941-March 1942||p. 26|
|Combat Duty Beyond the Seas, April-August 1942||p. 50|
|Assault on Tulagi, August 1942||p. 80|
|The Tasimboko Raid, August-September 1942||p. 107|
|Edson's Ridge: The Opening Round, September 1942||p. 135|
|Edson's Ridge: The Climax, 13-14 September 1942||p. 164|
|Fighting along the Matanikau, September-October 1942||p. 198|
|Under the Southern Cross, October 1942-July 1943||p. 229|
|The Dragon's Peninsula, New Georgia, July-August 1943||p. 255|
|The Enduring Legacy, September 1943-August 1945||p. 296|
|Battle Honors and Commanding Officers||p. 321|
|Ships Named after 1st Raiders||p. 323|
|Postwar Milestones||p. 325|
|Notes on Sources||p. 329|
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Series: Leatherneck Classics
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 15th October 2010
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6 x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.51