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By Martin Clemens

This awesome memoir by means of the near-mythic British district officer and coastwatcher who assisted in shaping the 1st nice Allied counteroffensive within the Pacific battle is a compelling precise experience tale in line with a magazine Martin Clemens saved through the battle. while, it may possibly good be the final severe resource of study of the Solomons crusade. good-looking, articulate, and brave, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-educated Clemens controlled to outlive years at the back of eastern traces in a single of the main unfriendly climates and terrains on this planet. After many partisan and secret agent missions, in 1942 he emerged from the jungle and built-in his Melanesian commando strength into the center of the first Marine Division's operations, incomes and the unfettered admiration of now-legendary Marine officials like Vandegrift, Thomas, Twining, Edson, and Pate. His specified viewpoint, fleshed out from particular diary entries, presents a revealing - no longer continuously flattering - portrait of the Solomons crusade and the Marines who directed it.

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Bill Buse, who had been in command of the 1st Scout Company since November, 1940, became my true military mentor, and we stayed in touch long after I left active duty. He eventually rose to the penultimate heights in the Marine Corps command structure, serving as the three-star general commanding the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, during the last years of the Vietnam War. Originally formed in 1937 as the Corps’s first tank company, the outfit had been redesignated in November. The scout company was uniquely designed for a form of mobile warfare like the army was planning, especially after observing the actions of the German army in the opening blitzkrieg campaigns of the war in Europe.

Author’s collection. 22 TA N K S O N T H E B E A C H E S Marine Corps Reserve officers pass in review during their graduation ceremony at Quantico, Virginia. as a division in April, 1941. Now, after being ordered to Parris Island to fill out its ranks, only the Division Special Troops remained at Quantico. The sight of the tanks scooting around the field thrilled me, and I crawled all over them, inside and out. The idea of remaining at Quantico, so close to Washington and its social possibilities, also attracted me.

Rounding out that long, last summer of peace in 1941 was a Hollywood publicity stunt, clearly a scheme of Marine Corps headquarters, that involved six Powers models coming to the base and posing for pictures with our marines. The Powers Agency reigned at the top of the business and so naturally these were good looking babes. A newly commissioned Hollywood-type officer accompanied them as their escort. I do not remember all the details, but one of the things that happened was that they brought the girls to the base swimming pool and took pictures of them with the marines who were there for training.

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