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WARNING: "USED" books sold by resellers may not be this book, but copies of the original Cochrane manuscripts available for free on the internet. This book is a completely new reworking of those manuscripts. To ensure you obtain a copy of this book, purchase only new copies of the book or a kindle version.

Belleau Wood echoes through the history of the U.S. Marine Corps and the United States military. It was one of the first major battles fought by American forces in World War I. From it emerged many legends including two time Medal of Honor recipient Dan Daly's famous charge and the origin of the phrase "Devil Dogs" among a host of other myths and stories about the battle. These stories are recited from Parris Island to Okinawa and remain an important part of Marine Corps identity. Yet, many of these stories are more legend than history.

The true history has a darker side, from mistakes on the battlefield that cost the lives of many, to the origins of Marine Corps and Army inter-service rivalry that created many problems in the Pacific during World War II. This book looks at Belleau Wood and aspects of the larger campaign. Instead of the usual focus on the 4th Brigade of Marines, Cochrane looks at the entire 2nd Division of the American Expeditionary Force, of which the Marines were only one part. In particular, his account looks at the role of chemical warfare, a feature that defined the battle.

This book is the first of a twenty part series on chemical warfare in World War I by Rexmond Cochrane originally typed in draft form during the 1950s. This new collection of Cochrane's work attempts to bring it to a wider audience, in a more accessible format. This is a significant "update" of Cochrane's work, offering better maps, pictures, references, bibliographies, and plenty of supplemental material to aid readers who may be unfamiliar with some of the military minutiae Cochrane explores. This collection is newly annotated, offering additional insight and guidance reflecting the current state of scholarship, updating that of Cochrane's day. The annotations are extensive and provide significant insight and references for those unfamiliar with the topics Cochrane addresses. In essence, this is an entirely new book that still preserves the original.

The historian Rexmond C. Cochrane, co-author of the official history of the Chemical Warfare Service in World War II, wrote 20 draft historical studies for the US Army Chemical Corps Historical Office at the Army Chemical Center, Edgewood, Maryland in the 1950s. These were never completed or published other than in their typewritten draft form, featuring penciled notes and/or corrections, hand-drawn diagrams and maps, available in the internet in unsearchable PDF files of varied quality.

This edition is a completely new version of the old work, containing both public domain and original material. It belongs on the bookshelf of every historian and student of World War I and for those engaged in professions related to chemical warfare, CBRN weapons, national security, and defense.

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  • Publication Date: May 26, 2018
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 251 Pages
  • File Size: 49,341 KB

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