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Silk Chutes and Hard Fighting: U.S. Marine Corps Parachute Units in World War II

Silk Chutes and Hard Fighting: U.S. Marine Corps Parachute Units in World War II. LtCol Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR. 1999. 38 pp.

(Paper: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/42902861)

(Online: https://archive.org/details/SilkChutesAndHardFighting)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Why did the Marines get out of the paratroop business?
  • Where can I find a picture of Marines packing chutes?
  • How can people die in parachute jumps?

Description:

From the introduction:

Silk Chutes and Hard Fighting: U.S. Marine Corps Parachute Units in World War II is a brief narrative of the development, deployment, and eventual demise of Marine parachute units during World War II. It is published to honor the veterans of these special units and for the information of those interested in Marine parachutists and the events in which they participated.

The work covers operations at Gavutu, Tasimboko, Edson’s Ridge, Choiseul and Bougainville. Additional information on Marine paratroopers can be found in Special Marine Corps Units of World War II, discussed elsewhere on this site.

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