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From Makin to Bougainville: Marine Raiders within the Pacific battle by means of Jon T. Hoffman
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Company 0, leading the bat29 machine guns into the line, then put his remaining platoon (also from Company P) on his right flank. Demolitions men moved forward to deal with the enemy machine guns. In mid-afternoon a handful of Japanese launched a brief banzai at- dicated that there were about 100 tack against the Marine left. Not Japanese occupying the island. The plan called for the raiders to make a predawn landing at undefended long after this effort dissolved, Currin launched Lieutenant Malcolm N.
Type units that could strike deep in Even though there were now nearly enemy territory and keep the half a million Marines, there never Japanese off balance while the Unitseemed to be enough men to create ed States caught its breath. However, the new battalions needed for the 5th there had been only one such operand 6th Divisions. In addition to the ation and it had not been a complete usual drains like training and tran- success, the development of the amRegiment disbanded and folded into sients, the Corps had committed large numbers to specialty units: for the light assault units envisioned by Holland Smith at the beginning of the war.
WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES DIRECTOR OF MARINE CORPS HISTORY AND MUSEUMS are valuable books. The Marine Corps Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMC (Ret) Gazette and Leatherneck contain a number of articles describing the raiders and their campaigns. Of particular interest is Major General Peatross' account of the Makin raid in the August and September 1992 issues of Leatherneck. Charles L. S. Marine Corps Special Units of World War II and Lieu- GENERAL EDITOR. WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES tenant Colonel R.