Carlson's Raid: The Daring Marine Assault on Makin

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They were the celebrated "Gung Ho Battalion" -- 2d Marine Raider commandos led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson who struck deep behind enemy lines. In August 1942, as a diversion to the invasion of Guadalcanal, the 219 Raiders -- the president's son among them -- traveled two thousand miles by submarine to Makin Atoll. In one of the most daring attacks of World War II, they caused substantial damage to the Japanese, destroying a radio station, burning equipment, and capturing documents that proved to have ...
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Overview

They were the celebrated "Gung Ho Battalion" -- 2d Marine Raider commandos led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson who struck deep behind enemy lines. In August 1942, as a diversion to the invasion of Guadalcanal, the 219 Raiders -- the president's son among them -- traveled two thousand miles by submarine to Makin Atoll. In one of the most daring attacks of World War II, they caused substantial damage to the Japanese, destroying a radio station, burning equipment, and capturing documents that proved to have significant intelligence value -- before making a nightmarishly hazardous withdrawal. To an America badly in need of heroes, Carlson's Raid was the answer to a prayer. But although it was a victory, the raid's long-term consequences were bloodier than anyone could have imagined. And, ultimately, the controversial Carlson's high profile would be his undoing. Now, George W. Smith tells the full story of this Marine maverick's daring mission, its unforeseen consequences, and the decision he made when the fighting was toughest -- a decision kept secret for fifty years -- that would have brought a far different conclusion to the famous Makin Raid.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425190197
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/17/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
1. Getting Off the Canvas 1
2. The "Sundowner" 13
3. Birth of the Raiders 21
4. Growing Pains 27
5. Gung Ho 39
6. Life on the Farm 55
7. One Step Closer to the War 69
8. Target Makin 77
9. The Real Deal 91
10. Sardines at Sea 97
11. "Organized Grabass" 109
12. Death from the Palms 119
13. Behind the Lines 131
14. "A Ghastly Nightmare" 141
15. The Surrender Note 153
16. Finally, A Little Luck 165
17. "Surf Swimmers" 175
18. "Peanuts, Popcorn, Navy Crosses" 183
19. The Long Patrol 191
20. End of the Raiders 205
21. A Piece of Folly? 221
22. Many Questions, Few Answers 227
23. Appendices 235
24. Selected Bibliography 251
Index 255
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