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UNCOMMON VALOR: The Story of all Six Fighting Marine Corps Divisions in WWII. An official military work originally published by Infantry Journal Press in 1946.
UNCOMMON VALOR: The Story of all Six Fighting Marine Corps Divisions in WWII Written in 1946. Summary: This book is not the whole story of the Marine Corps in World War 2. It is limited to six fighting divisions and the predecessors of one of them, the Sixth - four Raider battalions, a brigade and an independent regiment. Each division had a different origin and fought under widely varying conditions.
The 1st Marine Division and 2nd Marine Division, activated shortly before the outbreak of war, were composed mainly of regulars and highly trained reservists.
The 3rd Marine Division, first of the strictly wartime units, was inclined to be less formal and more easy going-but not in combat.
The 4th Marine Division had the unique experience of staging for a Pacific operation at San Diego; the first island many of the men ever saw was the one they had come to seize.
The 5th Marine Division had only one campaign to its credit but suffered the highest casualties by a unit of comparable size in a single WWII operation.
The 6th Marine Division was formed in the field from a combination of new and veteran units.
The six authors of Uncommon Valor have two things in common; all were professional writers, and all served with their Divisions in combat. As a group, they have captured both the tremendous espirt de corps and healthy rivalries which characterized the marines in World War II. And fighting is a Marine Division's reason for existence. It was originally published by Infantry Journal Press in the late 1940s. 272 pages. 24 photos, 13 detailed maps.