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Edson'S Raiders : The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II - Joseph H. Alexander

Edson'S Raiders

The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II

Paperback Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9781591140023
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologue: Those Men in Burlap Hatsp. 1
The Roots of the Raiders, 1937-1941p. 3
Commandos or Raiders? December 1941-March 1942p. 26
Combat Duty Beyond the Seas, April-August 1942p. 50
Assault on Tulagi, August 1942p. 80
The Tasimboko Raid, August-September 1942p. 107
Edson's Ridge: The Opening Round, September 1942p. 135
Edson's Ridge: The Climax, 13-14 September 1942p. 164
Fighting along the Matanikau, September-October 1942p. 198
Under the Southern Cross, October 1942-July 1943p. 229
The Dragon's Peninsula, New Georgia, July-August 1943p. 255
The Enduring Legacy, September 1943-August 1945p. 296
Battle Honors and Commanding Officersp. 321
Ships Named after 1st Raidersp. 323
Postwar Milestonesp. 325
Notes on Sourcesp. 329
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9781591140023
ISBN-10: 1591140021
Series: Leatherneck Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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