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The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140023
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Era: WWII
  • Number of Pages: 368
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: November 2010
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Under the fiery leadership of Merritt "Red Mike" Edson, the 1st Marine Raider Battalion provided the vanguard of a strategic experiment with seaborne commando units in the Pacific. From 1942 to 1943 Edson's Raiders fought seven critical battles in Tulagi, Guadalcanal, and New Georgia against some of Japan's most experienced jungle fighters. Twenty-four Raiders had ships named in their honor. Col. Joseph Alexander's book presents abundant first-person accounts of the conflicts, from Edson himself to such hard-nosed NCOs as Angus Goss, Walter Burak, and Anthony Palonis. 

An MCA-USNI Marine Corps Leatherneck Book

Leatherneck Classics are published in partnership with the Marine Corps Association

Col. Joseph H. Alexander, a Marine combat veteran from Asheville, NC, is the award-winning author of six books, including Utmost Savagery. He helps produce military documentaries and serves as historical adviser for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. 

~ Praise for Edson's Raiders ~

“The author writes quite well, and using diaries, oral memoirs, and interviews, he has skillfully incorporated the personal recollections of many Raider veterans into his narrative. For all those who enjoy reading about American combat against the Japanese during World War II, this volume is sure to please.”

The Journal of America’s Military Past, Winter 2013

Col. Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.) served in the Corps for 29 years as an assault amphibian officer. He has written six books, including Utmost Savagery and Edson’s Raiders. He was the Naval Institute Author of the Year in 1996 and Naval History Author of the Year in 2010. He was the principal historian and writer on the exhibit design team throughout the construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He resides in Asheville, North Carolina.

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