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Special Marine Corps Units of World War II

Special Marine Corps Units of World War II. Charles L. Updegraph, Jr. 1972. 1977 reprint. 105 pp.
(Print: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/618749)
(Online: https://archive.org/details/SpecialMarineCorpsUnitsOfWorldWarII)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Who commanded the 2nd Barrage Balloon Squadron in July 1942?
  • What citations were earned by the 1st Raider Battalion?
  • What did a barrage balloon look like and what were they used for?
  • Where can I find a map of the Mankin Raid in August 1942

Description:

A 105 page work that details the development, deployment and eventual demise of five types of special units in World War II: raiders, parachutists, glider forces, barrage balloon squadrons and base defense battalions. The book is well illustrated with maps, photos and timelines.

The main text is followed by these five appendices:

  • Unit Commanding Officers
  • Unit Battle Honors
  • Unit Tables of Organization
  • Unit Tables of Equipment
  • US Naval Ships Named for Men of the 1st Raider Battalion
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