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Merrill's Marauders: The Untold Story of Unit Galahad and the Toughest Special Forces Mission of World War II
     

Merrill's Marauders: The Untold Story of Unit Galahad and the Toughest Special Forces Mission of World War II

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by Gavin Mortimer
 

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In August of 1943, a call went out for American soldiers willing to embark on a “hazardous and dangerous mission” behind enemy lines in Burma. The war department wanted 3,000 volunteers, and it didn’t care who they were; they would be expendable, with an expected casualty rate of 85 percent. The men who took up the challenge were, in the words of one

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In August of 1943, a call went out for American soldiers willing to embark on a “hazardous and dangerous mission” behind enemy lines in Burma. The war department wanted 3,000 volunteers, and it didn’t care who they were; they would be expendable, with an expected casualty rate of 85 percent. The men who took up the challenge were, in the words of one, “bums and cast-offs” with rap sheets and reputations for trouble. One war reporter described them as “Dead End Kids,” but by the end of their five-month mission, those that remained had become the legendary “Merrill’s Marauders.” From award-winning historian Gavin Mortimer, Merrill’s Marauders is the story of the American World War II special forces unit originally codenamed “Galahad,” which, in 1944, fought its way through 700 miles of snake-infested Burmese jungle—what Winston Churchill described as “the most forbidding fighting country imaginable.” Though their mission to disrupt Japanese supply lines and communications was ultimately successful, paving the way for the Allied conquest of Burma, the Marauders paid a terrible price for their victory. By the time they captured the crucial airfield of Myitkyina in May 1944, only 200 of the original 3,000 men remained; the rest were dead, wounded, or riddled with disease. This is the definitive nonfiction narrative of arguably the most extraordinary, but also unsung, American special forces unit in World War II.

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ISBN-13:
9781610589024
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
11/15/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
416,515
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

Gavin Mortimer (Paris, France) is an award-winning writer and historian who has published extensively on World War II special forces, including Stirling’s Men (2005), an account of the SAS during World War II, as well as The Special Boat Squadron (2013). Among Gavin’s other previous titles are The Great Swim, the story of the battle to become the first woman to swim the English Channel, which was voted one of the best books of 2008 by the Sunday Times; and Double Death, which profiled Pryce Lewis, a daring spy during the American Civil War. In addition to his books, Gavin contributes articles to an eclectic range of publications and writes regularly on sport and current affairs for the online edition of the Week magazine under the nom de plume Bill Mann.
www.gavinmortimer.com

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Merrill's Marauders: The Untold Story of Unit Galahad and the Toughest Special Forces Mission of World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mortimer tells the incredible story of the Marauders' campaign in Burma relying on first person accounts and journal's from key leaders like Stilwell, Merrill, Hunter, and the young Soldiers they led. Merrill's Marauders makes for a qreat read that goes by quickly.