New York, 1st ed., 1979. 796 pp., various photo-plates + 11 maps. D.j., 24 x 17cm. Bump to foot of spine & mildly affecting corners o/w V.G. The United States Marine Corps had fought in every American war since 1775 and the time of publication. Here, for the first time, is a totally independent history of this elite corps. Every major conflict and intervention from the beginning of World War I to 1979 is vividly and candidly recounted ' the storming of Tarawa beach; the frozen retreat from the Chosin Reservoir; the assault on Belleau Wood; and guerrilla combat from Nicaragua to Vietnam. There is an introduction which gives the full background, tracing the development of the US Marine Corps and its role in the early years of American history. The book includes a wealth of documentation and reference material, an extensive bibliography and over one hundred photographs and maps.