The United States Marines in North China, 1894-1942 (Google eBook)

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McFarland, May 2, 2003 - History - 284 pages
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Like most foreign troops stationed in China, the United States Marines' mission was to protect the American embassy and American consulates, missionaries, tourists, and other citizens in China. During the half century covered by this book, the Marines saw China as it would never again be. The Opium Wars and Boxer Rebellion gave the Europeans a certain standing, with prerogatives and privileges that were looked upon by everyone, even the Chinese, as a natural order of existence. The author discusses early military operations in north China, the early legation guards, the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, and the Marine legation guard in Peking also in 1900. It also discusses Seymour's relief column, Waller's column, the capture of the Walled City of Tien-Tsin, the siege of the legations at Peking, the relief of Peking, and the Marines' return to Peking.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
Early Military Operations in North China
7
Early Marine Legation Guards
11
The Boxer Rebellion of 1900
15
The Marine Legation Guard in Peking 1900
26
Seymours Relief Column
34
Major Wallers Column
40
The Legation Guard at Peking 1900
220
Reports of Colonel Robert J Meade and Major LWT Waller as Reported by the New York Times August 18 1900
222
The Letter Sir Claude MacDonald Received from Prince Ching and Others
228
US Marines Who Received the Medal of Honor During the Boxer Rebellion
230
Marine Officers Receiving a Brevet Commission During the Boxer Rebellion
232
Appreciation from the American Missionaries for the Marine Legation Guard
234
Letters to Major Waller from British Officers Commending the Marines Action at TienTsin
236
Operation Reports of the US Marines in the Relief of the Besieged Legation Quarter at Peking
238

The Capture of TienTsin
47
The Siege of the Legations at Peking
63
The Relief of Peking
118
Marines Return to Peking
137
The End of an Era The Old China Marine
168
Epilogue
210
Chronology
211
Roster of Marine Personnel in North China on December 8 1941
246
Knights of the Round Table Roster
250
Notes
253
Bibliography
265
Index
269
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Chester M. Biggs, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant, has taught school and was the coordinator for audiovisual and printing services at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina. He lives near Hope Mills.

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