Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth Of The Modern U.S. Marine Corps

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The battle that transformed a group of common
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Miracle at Belleau Wood begins in June 1918 at Les Mare Farm in France with just 200 U.S. marines, who spilled their blood to prevail against impossible odds, resisting an overwhelming German force of thousands and turned the battle back against the enemy, saved Paris, saved France, and saved the Allied hope of victory. Called “the Gettysburg of the Great War” by many at the time, it rescued America and its allies from almost certain defeat. This book tells the riveting story of the modern marines as America's fiercest and most effective warriors, the world's preeminent fighting elite. Miracle at Belleau Wood is the story of an epoch-making battle--a battle that elevated the Corps to legendary status and forever burned them into the American imagination.

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“Axelrod brings us back vividly to the shocking casualties of ‘the war to end all wars.'”
―Bing West, author of No True Glory, former Assistant Secretary of Defense

“Alan Axelrod has perfectly captured the embodiment of U.S. Marines and their unparalleled Esprit de Corps. . . . A must read!”
―Jay Kopelman, author of the best-selling From Baghdad with Love

“Axelrod is one of America's great military historians. He's done it this time with riveting non-stop action that reads like the best of Hemingway's frontline reports plus the Marine Corps novels of W.E.B. Griffin. Axelrod pushes you right into the action, onto the battlefield, and never lets up.”
―Paul B. Farrell, JD, PhD, syndicated columnist for Dow Jones's MarketWatch, former Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps

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“Come on, you sons of bitches!
Do you want to live forever?”
―First Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC,leading an assault against German machine guns in Belleau Wood Even before it was over at the end of June 1918, Americans were hailing the Battle of Belleau Wood as “the Gettysburg of the Great War”―World War I. U.S. Army general Robert L. Bullard put it this way: “The marines didn't ‘win the war' here, but they saved the Allies from defeat. Had they arrived a few hours later, I think that would have been the beginning of the end.”
Gettysburg? It was more like Thermopylae, 480 BC, when three hundred Spartans held back some say as many as a half million Persians. In 1918, throughout the nearly month-long struggle for a twisted patch of French woodland half the size of New York City's Central Park, the U.S. Marines were always outnumbered by the Germans, but, at the very start of the battle, overwhelmingly so. Just two hundred of them held off the leading edge of Crown Prince Rupprecht's entire army.
Stunned by the casualties this tiny band inflicted on them, the German soldiers branded the marines Teufelhunden, and the men of the Marine Corps have proudly called themselves Devil Dogs ever since.
Belleau Wood, the former hunting preserve of a Parisian aristocrat, lay little more than thirty miles northeast of Paris. Had the Germans broken through it in June 1918, they would almost surely have captured the French capital, and, with its fall, have knocked France out of the war, leaving the British and the newly arrived Americans little alternative but to surrender on the best terms they could get.
In this, their maiden battle of World War I, the United States Marines made sure that the German army was stopped in Belleau Wood―before it could get to Paris.
The victory was won at the terrible cost of about 40 percent marine casualties overall, with some companies being virtually wiped out. But the Battle of Belleau Wood burned the marines into the American imagination, instantly elevating the Corps to legendary status and forever transforming American military doctrine itself by demonstrating how the bold and efficient use of small, highly trained, utterly committed units could make the difference even in wars fought on the most massive of scales, bringing the battle to the enemy no matter how overwhelming the odds. This is the story of the epoch-making battle, the battle that made the modern Marine Corps, the battle that would form the heritage behind so many marine victories in later wars, at Tarawa and Iwo Jima, Pork Chop Hill, Khe Sanh, and at Fallujah.

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"Axelrod is one of America's great military historians. He's done it this time with riveting non-stop action that reads like the best of Hemingway's frontline reports plus the Marine Corps novels of W. E. B. Griffin. Axelrod pushes you right into the action, onto the battlefield, and never lets up. You become a firsthand witness to one of the world's great battles, proud and heart-pounding as the elite force, the Devil Dogs, are born in a small forest outside Paris. This is one book I wish I'd written!”
―Paul B. Farrell, J.D., Ph.D., is a syndicated columnist for Dow Jones's MarketWatch. He is the author of The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing and The Millionaire Code, a former investment banker with Morgan Stanley, and a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. "Alan Axelrod has perfectly captured the embodiment of U.S. Marines and their unparalleled Esprit de Corps in his new book, Miracle at Belleau Wood. As a former Marine, I find Axelrod's descriptions of the combat in that bloody battle for which the Corps became legendary―and which is the foundation of its mythic lore―compelling and gut-wrenching. Miracle at Belleau Wood puts the reader in the front row, witness to the heroism and ups and downs endured by the Marines as they defeated the Germans at overwhelming odds. A must-read!”
―Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, USMCR (Ret.), best-selling author of From Baghdad, With Love "Axelrod brings us back vividly to the shocking casualties of ‘the war to end all wars,' opening up fresh insights into the nature of the fighting and the decisions that shaped a generation.”
―Bing West is a correspondent for The Atlantic and the award-winning author of two books on the Iraq war. He is a former Marine in Vietnam and assistant secretary of defense.

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