The Do-Or-Die Men: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion at Guadalcanal

The Do-Or-Die Men: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion at Guadalcanal

by George W. Smith

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Do-Or-Die Men: The 1st Marine Raider Battalion at Guadalcanal 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jztemple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This history actually covers the initial formation of the 1st, it's training and initial deployments as well as it's final assignment to Bloody Ridge south of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. The author fleshed out the book by adding in quite a lot of detail about the Guadalcanal campaign outside of the 1st Raider's scope of operations, so any readers familiar with the campaign will find a lot of redundant material. Only recommended for those with a real interest in learning more specifically about the battalion and don't mind the unrelated material.
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tenspeed More than 1 year ago
I've read many a book on the Pacific Theater in WW II. While this is a fairly good one, it may very well be mis-titled. It purports to be a book about the st Marine Raiders on Guadalcanal, yet it misses the mark. Of the rughly 357 pages, the involvement of the 1st Marine Raiders on Guadalcanal doesn't hit until about page 200--leaving about 152 pages which actually tell the story, in part is seems, of the 1st Marine Raiders on Guadalcanal. It rehashes the narratives of Frank's "Guadalcanal," Tregaskis' "Guadalcanal Diary," and Morrison's "The Struggle for Guadalcanal." In other words, it is mainly a book retelling the story of the Battle for Guadalcanal; not, specifically, a story of the "do-or-die men" of the 1st Marine Raider Batallion. Other than being more about the Battle for Guadalcanal than about the 1st Marine Raiders it is written in an easy-to-read style with a decent smattering of anectotal material. However, the manuscript could have been better proof-read and the editor could have done a much better job. Did you know that Herbert Hoover headed the FBI in 1941-42? This book says that. Enough from me. The professionals missed on this one. The title sounds great, but the book misses the mark.
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