To the Limit of Endurance

To the Limit of Endurance : A Battalion of Marines in the Great War (C. A. Brannen) (C.A. Brannen Series)

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Scholars and historians offer several theories for the crippling losses suffered by the American Expeditionary Forces on the battlefields of World War I: inexperience, poor leadership, hasty expansion of duties, and others. But until now, most of these studies have focused at the division level or higher. Now, with "To the Limit of Endurance", Peter F. Owen offers a tautly worded, historically rigorous, and intensely human survey of the agonizing burden shouldered by the Second Battalion of the Sixth Regiment of U.S. Marines from its formation in Quantico, Virginia, in 1917 until the cessation of hostilities in November of the following year. In places like Belleau Wood and Soissons, these young men, led by dedicated officers, died in staggering numbers - primarily because of the outmoded tactics they had learned. Owen shows how the battalion regrouped after these campaigns, however, and embarked on a period of intense retraining. By the time of the closing weeks of the war, the adjustments they had made allowed them to mold themselves into a coldly efficient military machine. Drawing on a treasure trove of surviving first-hand accounts, Owen expertly combines these individual observations with military records and archival sources to create a mosaic that provides not only a case study of how one organization grappled with transformation but also a tightly focused, ground-level view of the lives - and deaths - of these courageous American military men. The grueling, ultimately triumphant odyssey of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines will appeal to military historians, professional soldiers, and interested general readers.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • CD/MVD Combo Sp.
  • 34 b&w photos, 12 maps, 4 figures, bibliography, index
  • 1585445991
  • 9781585445998

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"Owen makes superb use of an impressive array of personal accounts from officers and enlisted men and elucidates many interesting features about the experiences of American infantry units in the First World War."--Mark E. Grotelueschen, USAF Academyshow more

About Peter F. Owen

PETER F. OWEN is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marines. His first command was a weapons platoon in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. During his research for this book, he walked every battlefield on which 2/6 fought during the Great War. Owen previously annotated Carl Brannen's World War I memoir, Over There.show more

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