New PDF release: 1st Marine Division: The Old Breed

By Ian Westwell

The USMC's 1st department - 'The previous Breed' - is the oldest, greatest, so much adorned division-sized unit within the corps. Divisional regiments had first visible carrier as early as March eight, 1911, whilst the first Marines was once shaped at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it'll move directly to practice in 15 significant engagements in the course of global struggle I.
In international struggle II the first department was once blooded at Guadalcanal, then went directly to struggle through the Pacific crusade, all of the amphibious landings and the bloody battles to take the islands, being smaller types of D-Day. The Pacific warfare observed probably the most uncompromising war in WWII, and the USMC was once on the center of it: the first department might earn 3 global conflict II Presidential Unit Citations - Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Okinawa - each one used to be good deserved.

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The light tanks were destroyed and around 450 Japanese troops killed. The Japanese never again launched an assault in the open against the marines. As night fell the marines secured their positions and, aided by starshell illumination from offshore warships, fought off parties of Japanese attempting to infiltrate their positions. Progress had been generally good, but only in the centre had they won the depth of beach-head demanded by the planners. However, the cost had been high. The division had taken 1,298 casualties - 92 killed, 1,148 wounded and 58 missing.

Substantial Japanese resistance came from dug-in positions in the high ground - 'The Point', a coral ridge - that had not been neutralized by the pre-attack bombardment. The movement off the beach towards the enemy is through the smoke at the centre of the picture. USMC met Real War Photos Below left: The beachhead at Peleliu shows all the clutter expected - in the foreground two LVT-4s (note the ramp at the back); on the waterline tractors pull equipment out of LCVPs; out at sea the fleet supports.

TRH/US Navy 34 IN ACTION 35 SPEARHEAD: 1ST MARINE DIVISION 36 IN ACTION later reported their own losses as 3,868 men killed. The seizure of western New Britain also prevented Japanese attacks on US shipping in the Vitaz Strait between the Solomon and Bismarck Seas, thereby securing an area vital to the next stage of MacArthur's drive towards the Philippines from the South-west Pacific. The division left New Britain in late April and sailed for Pavuvu in the Russell Islands some 105km (65 miles) off the north-west coast of Guadalcanal, which had been overrun against minimal opposition during Operation Cleanslate in February 1943.

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