Carlson's Raid: The Daring Marine Assault on Makin

Carlson's Raid: The Daring Marine Assault on Makin

by George W. Smith, George H. Smith


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They were the celebrated "Gung Ho Battalion" -- 2d Marine Raider commandos led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson who struck deep behind enemy lines. In August 1942, as a diversion to the invasion of Guadalcanal, the 219 Raiders -- the president's son among them -- traveled two thousand miles by submarine to Makin Atoll. In one of the most daring attacks of World War II, they caused substantial damage to the Japanese, destroying a radio station, burning equipment, and capturing documents that proved to have significant intelligence value -- before making a nightmarishly hazardous withdrawal. To an America badly in need of heroes, Carlson's Raid was the answer to a prayer. But although it was a victory, the raid's long-term consequences were bloodier than anyone could have imagined. And, ultimately, the controversial Carlson's high profile would be his undoing. Now, George W. Smith tells the full story of this Marine maverick's daring mission, its unforeseen consequences, and the decision he made when the fighting was toughest -- a decision kept secret for fifty years -- that would have brought a far different conclusion to the famous Makin Raid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425190197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/17/2003
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1.Getting Off the Canvas1
2.The "Sundowner"13
3.Birth of the Raiders21
4.Growing Pains27
5.Gung Ho39
6.Life on the Farm55
7.One Step Closer to the War69
8.Target Makin77
9.The Real Deal91
10.Sardines at Sea97
11."Organized Grabass"109
12.Death from the Palms119
13.Behind the Lines131
14."A Ghastly Nightmare"141
15.The Surrender Note153
16.Finally, A Little Luck165
17."Surf Swimmers"175
18."Peanuts, Popcorn, Navy Crosses"183
19.The Long Patrol191
20.End of the Raiders205
21.A Piece of Folly?221
22.Many Questions, Few Answers227
24.Selected Bibliography251

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