Book Review: Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions

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Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions, Carole Engle Avriett. ISBN: 978-1-68451-130-3 (Hardcover)  eISBN:978-1-68451-148-8. Regnery History.

The American people revere their elite combat units, but one of these noble bands has been unjustifiably forgotten—until now.

At the beginning of World War II, military planners set out to form the most ruthless, skilled, and effective force the world had ever seen. The U.S. Marines were already the world’s greatest fighters, but leadership wanted a select group to conduct special operations at the highest level in the Pacific theater. And so the Marine Raiders were born.

These young men, the cream of the crop, received matchless training in the arts of war. Marksmen, brawlers, and tacticians, the Marine Raiders could accomplish their objective before the enemy even knew they were there.



These heroes and their exploits should be the stuff of legend. Yet even though one of their commanders was President Roosevelt’s son, they have disappeared into the mists of history—the greatest warriors you’ve never heard of.

Carole Engle Avriett’s thorough telling of the Marine Raider story includes:

  • The personal narratives of four men who served as Marine Raiders
  • Frontline accounts of the Raiders’ most important engagements
  • The explanation for their obscurity, despite their earlier fame

The Marine Raiders were one of the greatest forces ever to take the field under the American flag. After reading this book, you’ll know why.

 More About the Author: Carole Engle Avriett is a bestselling author who grew up in a family steeped in military history and she often heard her uncle—the chief mechanic for General Claire Lee Chennault’s Flying Tigers—insist, “Ain’t no fake stories ever gonna outdo the real ones.” Convinced that he was right, Avriett pursued a career as a writer, first at Southern Living Magazine and later as the author of a book about true-life adventures and military history. Her previous book is Coffin Corner Boys: One Bomber, Ten Men, and Their Harrowing Escape from Nazi-Occupied France, part of Regnery History’s celebrated World War II Collection.

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