Edson's Raiders: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion in World War II (Leatherneck Classic)

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591140023
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 695,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue: Those Men in Burlap Hats 1

1 The Roots of the Raiders, 1937-1941 3

2 Commandos or Raiders? December 1941-March 1942 26

3 Combat Duty Beyond the Seas, April-August 1942 50

4 Assault on Tulagi, August 1942 80

5 The Tasimboko Raid, August-September 1942 107

6 Edson's Ridge: The Opening Round, September 1942 135

7 Edson's Ridge: The Climax, 13-14 September 1942 164

8 Fighting along the Matanikau, September-October 1942 198

9 Under the Southern Cross, October 1942-July 1943 229

10 The Dragon's Peninsula, New Georgia, July-August 1943 255

11 The Enduring Legacy, September 1943-August 1945 296

Appendix A Battle Honors and Commanding Officers 321

Appendix B Ships Named after 1st Raiders 323

Appendix C Postwar Milestones 325

Notes on Sources 329

Index 331

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