Devil Dogs Chronicle: Voices of the 4th Marine Brigade in World War I - Modern War Studies (Hardback)George B. Clark (editor)
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George Clark, a former Marine and expert on Marine Corps history, here draws upon memoirs, diaries, letters, and post-war interviews-most of which have not been seen since the war ended-to create a chorus of voices chronicling the 4th Brigade's experiences. Through the words of these Marines, Clark captures the rigours of training at Paris Island and Quantico, the ferocity of combat overseas, and the strange quietude of occupation. He reveals what it was like for these men to fight in trenches while knee-deep in mud, with rats playing over them as they slept; going days between meals, often surviving on what they could forage from dead German or French packs; and even wishing for a wound that would allow some time off far from the terrors of the front. He also illuminates the dread and despair of Marines who beat the odds during one blood bath, surviving when most of their comrades did not, only to find themselves flung into an even worse battle not long afterward.
One German soldier remarked that these "Americans are savages. They kill everything that moves," a caustic testament to the Marines' intensity and prowess. But that came at a cost: by war's end the 4th had suffered a severe casualty rate of 150 percent. Vividly reflecting the horrors of that "war to end all wars," Devil Dogs Chronicle pays tribute to the Marines whose bravery helped the Allies achieve victory in the first global conflict.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
"Clark leaves one marveling at the courage, stamina, and (most of all) the sheer luck of Marines who survived such notorious bloodbaths as Belleau Wood and the assault on Blanc Mont."--Steven Trout, author of On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941
"Clark uses the Marines' own words to beautifully craft the human story of unfathomable bravery and sacrifice."--Colonel Richard Camp, author of Devil Dogs at Belleau Wood
"Clark has given a consolidated voice to the men that gave rise to the modern day Marine Corps."--Western Front Association
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