Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943 [NOOK Book]

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This is the first book to examine Thomas Holcomb s crucial role as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Great Depression and World War II. It blends biographical, institutional, and operational history with leadership studies, organizational theory, and social and cultural history to explain how and why Holcomb succeeded in expanding the Marine Corps from 18,000 officers and men in 1936 to 385,000 by 1943. David Ulbrich contends that Holcomb s abilities and achievements match those of Chester W. Nimitz...
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Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943

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Overview


This is the first book to examine Thomas Holcomb s crucial role as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Great Depression and World War II. It blends biographical, institutional, and operational history with leadership studies, organizational theory, and social and cultural history to explain how and why Holcomb succeeded in expanding the Marine Corps from 18,000 officers and men in 1936 to 385,000 by 1943. David Ulbrich contends that Holcomb s abilities and achievements match those of Chester W. Nimitz and George C. Marshall. Despite Holcomb s success, however, he has been given short shrift in histories of the Marine Corps. To correct the oversight, this biography draws on a wide range of sources to tell the story of the Marine commandant who molded the Corps into a modern force-in-readiness that would not only led the way to victory in the pacific, but also would eventually help fight the Cold

War and the war on terror.

A Leatherneck Original, published with the Marine Corps Association.
Foreword by Lt. Col. Charles P. Neimeyer, USMC (Ret.), Director and Chief of Marine Corps History. A Leatherneck Original, published with the Marine Corps Association.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612514109
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


David J. Ulbrich is a historian at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Ft. Leonard, MO. and senior instructor in Norwich University's Masters in Military History program. He received the 2003-2004 General Lemuel Shepherd Dissertation Fellowship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Ulbrich earned his doctorate in history at Temple University.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Holcomb's First Thirty-Six Years in the Marine Corps, 1900-1936 9

Chapter 2 Taking Charge of the Struggling Marine Corps, December 1936-August 1939 43

Chapter 3 Holcomb and the Marine Corps Transition from Peace Toward War, 1939-1941 71

Chapter 4 Marine Mobilization in the First Seven Months of War, December 1941-June 1942 103

Chapter 5 Guadalcanal: The First Big Test for Holcomb and the Marine Corps, July 1942-February 1943 129

Chapter 6 Preparing the Corps for a New Commandant, July 1942-December 1943 154

Chapter 7 From Marine Corps to Diplomatic Corps to Retirement 177

Notes 191

Bibliography 255

Index 275

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