First To Fight: The U. S. Marines In World War I
- World War I
Birth of the fighting Corps
“Retreat, hell! We just got here!” The words of Captain Lloyd Williams at Belleau Wood in June, 1918 entered Marine Corps legend, and their heroic stand there made the Corps famous. Here is an action-packed chronicle of the Marines’ first war “over there.”
Bitterly resented by the Army, the Marines went to war as part of the American Expeditionary Force. The Army tried to use them solely as labor troops and replacements, but the German spring offensive of 1918 catapulted the Corps into heavy combat. The Marines fought in almost every AEF action until the end of the war, proving their mettle in some of the most horrific fighting ever seen.
First to Fight is a powerful portrait of the Corps’ evolution into an elite land combat force.
About the Authors
Oscar E. Gilbert was a U.S. Marine Corps artilleryman and instructor. His numerous books include Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific.
Romain V. Cansière is the co-author (with Oscar E. Gilbert) of Tanks In Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company On Tarawa, winner of the 2016 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for distinguished non-fiction.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||December 3, 2017|