"The raw courage and exaltation of combat life...magnificently told."__Chicago Tribune.
"Of the books that came out of WWII, THE MARAUDERS must be ranked with the finest."__Chicago Sun Times.
THE MARAUDERS: THE CLASSIC WWII ACCOUNT OF MERRILL'S MARAUDERS, THE NOW LEGENDARY FIGHTING UNITS LEFT BEHIND IN THE JUNGLES OF BURMA. By Charlton Ogburn Jr., a member of Merrill's Marauders who rose to the rank of Captain and later served with the U.S. State Department.
Originally published in 1956. A masterpiece of in-the-trenches warfare-the fascinating yet terrifying true story of a military unit essentially abandoned by the army for whom they fought. In a time when battles were still fought on the ground, between men who could see their enemies with their own eyes, a wildly assorted band of soldiers volunteered for a "dangerous and hazardous mission." Their exploit ended up touching the imagination of the American people and their fate led to a Congressionaly inquiry.
Three battalions of American infantrymen of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) marched and fought across six hundred miles of densely jungled northern Burma to drive out the Japanese and achieve fame as Merrill's Marauders. Theirs was a victory over determined and resourceful enemies, over the most forbidding fighting country imaginable, over malaria, dysentery, typhus, and mismanagement from above. In the end, these men won both an extraordinary victory and an enduring place in American legend.
Author Charlton Ogburn Jr.'s extensive research coupled with his own personal experience as one of the Marauders and his engrossing writing style make for a dramatic and moving narrative. This is jungle combat at its most real, its most Adrenaline-pumping, and its most terrifying.
315 pages. 22 photographs. Indexed. Maps.
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