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The First Leathernecks: A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma

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To mark the two hundredth anniversary of the War of 1812, author and noted historian Don Burzynski sheds some rare and exciting light on the part played by the nascent United States Marine Corps in that pivotal conflict and on their development in the turbulent years leading up to America’s second war with Great Britain. There’s not much in the official record of that time ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Warriors Publishing Group
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J.G. Follansbee
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The modern image of the U.S. Marine Corps comes from World War II: young men in green camouflage fatigues storming the beaches of tiny islands in the south Pacific, and in some cases, enduring an unimaginable slaughter. But the history of the Marines goes back to the beginning of the republic, though most people only hear the echoes in the first two lines of the Marine Hymn, “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…” Military histor
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Interesting read on the history of the corps. Would recommend to anyone looking for deeper knowledge of how the Marines traditions and legends came about.
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Don Burzynski was a guest history columnist for the Marine Corps Times and Navy Times in Arlington, Virginia. He has been a historian for fifty-two years, starting as a reenactor in 1959, and has participated in the Civil War centennial, the bicentennial of the American Revolution, and the bicentennial of the War of 1812. He holds three Michigan Emmy Awards and two CLIO awards for commercial ...more
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