The Marauders

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Overlook Press, 2002 - History - 307 pages
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In a time when battles were still fought on the ground, between men who could see their enemies with their own eyes, a wildly assorted band of soldiers volunteer for "a dangerous and hazardous mission." Their exploits ended up touching the imagination of the American people and their fate led to a Congressional inquiry.

Three battalions of American infantrymen marched and fought across six hundred miles of northern Burma to drive the Japanese from an area the size of Connecticut and achieve fame as Merrill's Marauders. Theirs was a victory over determined and resourceful enemies: over what Churchill called "the most forbidding fighting country imaginable"-over malaria, dysentery, and typhus: and over mismanagement from above. In the end, these men won both an extraordinary victory and an enduring place in American legend.

Charlton Ogburn, Jr.'s extensive research coupled with his own experience as a Marauder and an engrossing writing style make for a dramatic and moving narrative. This is jungle combat at its most real, its most adrenaline-pumping, and its most terrifying.

"Vivid, intimate, powerful." (The New York Times)

"Of the books that came out of WW II, The Marauders must be ranked with the finest." (Chicago Sun Times)

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About the author (2002)

Charlton Ogburn, Jr., (1911-1998) After graduating from Harvard, Ogburn worked as a writer and book-reviewer, then joined the army in 1941. He was a member of Merrill's Marauders and rose to the rank of captain before his discharge. He later served with the State Department. He is the author of three other books.

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