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The Unknown D-Day; The Marines’ Bloody Charge at Belleau Wood, June 6, 1918

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  • The Unknown D-Day; The Marines’ Bloody Charge at Belleau Wood, June 6, 1918

    But far fewer know that June 6 is also the anniversary of another epic American battle that took place on French soil. One hundred years ago, during World War I, U.S. Marines attacked the German forces at Belleau Wood in order to save Paris and halt the Kaiser’s offensive. June 6, 1918, became the bloodiest day in the Corps’ history to that point, and Belleau Wood became an integral part of Marine lore.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...june-6-1918-2/

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    in order to save Paris and halt the Kaiser’s offensive
    Oh, FFS .....
    I really hate those hyperboles and history twisting that appear more than often in historical facts reports
    Bah it's breibart afterall, not Academic specialists on WWI

    Just for accuracy

    Paris was not in danger (the front was not breached by Mikael offensive even if french lines were pushed 40-50 km back but german operation was stopped, lost its momentum and bogged down, never reaching any of its strategic targets. Distance from first german lines and Paris was between 80 and 100 km)

    The Belleau action was a part of the whole VIth french army counter offensive (VIth army where US units were included in). Kaiser offensive was already halted

    Marines were not alone in the Belleau wood, the 23th US infantry regiment was also present and active during that battle (poor USArmy guys, always forgotten when the Marines are here....exactly what said Bellavia in the book Fallujah)

    Excellent operation (while costy) from the US troops. Never easy to clean up woods and an uphill landscape. Deserved praise. But frankly the summary of the article .... meh

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    • #3
      I have seen reference to this a few times over the years, so hardly unknown, particularly when it was reported on back in the day.
      Every single military action can't be on the front page of military history books, nor can it all be remembered forever, so the "unknown" comment is misleading.

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