Stock Image

Spearhead: A Complete History of Merrill's Marauder Rangers

Hopkins, James E. T.; Jones, John M.

5 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0801864046 / ISBN 13: 9780801864049
Published by Galahad Press, Baltimore, 1999
New Condition: New Soft cover
From Tiber Books (Cockeysville, MD, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since September 17, 1997

Quantity Available: 1

Buy New
List Price: US$ 19.95
Price: US$ 75.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

. . . . 8vo, paperback. NEW. Still in shrinkwrap -- never opened, never used. 772 pp., illus. Bookseller Inventory # 1141017.41

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Spearhead: A Complete History of Merrill's ...

Publisher: Galahad Press, Baltimore

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

About this title


Walawbum, Shaduzup, Inkangahtawng, Nhpum Ga, Ritpong, Myitkyina. Although the names of these battles are not as familiar to the public as Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, the name of the legendary American volunteer regiment that fought in them echoes throughout modern military history. Thrown into combat in the Burmese jungle in February 1944 at the request of the British government, Merrill's Marauders was the first American infantry regiment to fight on the Asian continent since the Boxer Rebellion. Assembled in 1943 as the 5037th Composite Unit (Provisional), the three thousand infantryman who answered FDR's call for volunteers for a secret, "dangerous and hazardous mission" found themselves in India training for jungle combat. Created to spearhead undertrained (and American-led) Chinese troops in Burma and reopen the land route to China, the 5037th was expected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to take 85 percent casualties and be disbanded within three months. As it turned out, the Marauders existed for eleven months, operating successfully in hostile territory, pioneering long-range military activities in jungle and mountainous regions, and completing one of the most productive -- and perilous -- military campaigns in American history.

Despite its considerable achievements under the most difficult conditions, there has never been a complete history of the regiment until now. In Spearhead, James E. T. Hopkins -- a field surgeon with the Marauders' Third Battalion -- in collaboration with John M. Jones, provides a detailed history of the highly decorated unit, from the circumstances under which the 5037th was formed and its arduous training to the many battles in which the Marauders distinguished themselves to the unit's deactivation in July 1945.

Drawing on unpublished logs, personal diaries, and histories kept by members of the regiment, Hopkins provides a personal story of combat in an environment that was nearly as deadly as the enemy. As a medical officer, he witnessed the horrors of jungle combat, the resolute heroism of the volunteers who fought, and the genuine respect that men and officers in the regiment had for one another. He also chronicles the remarkable efforts of the unit's rear echelon to keep the combatants supplied. With Spearhead, Hopkins reveals the real story behind a chapter in the history of the Second World War too often officially forgotten or clouded by myth. Spearhead offers a heartfelt tribute to the men who served as Merrill's Marauders -- and a comprehensive account of their deeds in the treacherous jungles of Burma fifty years ago.

Book Description:

Solid military history of WWII

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Tiber Books is an internet merchant with over 35 years of bookselling experience -- we've been offering our holdings online for nearly 20 years now. The majority of our inventory is scholarly non-fiction in both the sciences and the humanities, but we also carry an increasing selection of additional material in Americana, Art, History of Science and Technology, Regional U.S. History, Religion, and many other subjects. You can search our inventory by author and/or title. However, we also understand the need to browse by subject matter, and therefore make extensive use of Keywords in listing each of our books. You should have good results if you experiment with Keyword searches of our inventory. We also include a book's ISBN (if it has one), so if you'd like to search by ISBN, please use ABE's Advanced Search menu -- omit the dashes from the number when searching by ISBN. Enjoy browsing!

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All books are subject to prior sale. Maryland residents, add 6% sales tax. RETURNS are accepted within 2 weeks for any reason; please notify us in advance so that we'll know to expect the book.

We pack all books in bubble-wrap, and ship in a sturdy cardboard box (except in the case of standardized Priority Mail and Global Priority Airmail envelopes for international shipments).

Contact Information: William Drain, P.O. Box 105, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Phone: (410)627-778...

More Information
Shipping Terms:


Within the U.S.: $4.00 via 4th class Media Mail; $7.00 for Priority Mail
Internationally: US$ 25.00 for Global Priority Airmail to most destinations; US$ 20.00 to Canada

PLEASE NOTE: Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know that extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal