Marines: An Illustrated History by Chester G. Hearn
The history of the United States Marine Corps is all about tenacity, how a handful of bedraggled and unappreciated ships' guards known as Continental marines grew from a sprinkling of untrained officers and men more than 230 years ago to become in the 21st century a superb, multi-functional, ready-response force combining ground, air, and sea power. The transformation has never been smooth. Besides fighting on distant shores or quelling disturbances at home, the Marines have had to battle against penurious politicians and interservice rivals. The constant pressure to be the best created a special bond - a fellowship of determined fighters on earth, continuously modifying their doctrine to respond to the evolving global war on terrorism.
In this powerful book, heavily illustrated with dramatic action photographs, paintings, and detailed maps, the engaging text describes how today, with their own ships, aircraft, and special operations capability, Marines have become the most versatile, self-sufficient, all-encompassing, ready-response warriors on the planet. They are uniquely trained in amphibious warfare and organized into highly mobile attack groups operating from specially designed ships. They fly fighter-bombers, helicopters, and surveillance planes, and are equipped with the very best weapons and equipment.
Leathernecks enjoy being known as the elite; on countless battlefields around the world they have earned it.
Hard cover. 192 pages. Approximately 10 inches by 10 inches.