Marine Corps History: Battle of Belleau Wood

Carl | January 18, 2013 

The Relentless “Devil Dogs”

Deep in Belleau Wood, just outside of Paris, the fought relentlessly against German soldiers. The Marines suffered heavy casualties and were pinned down by machine-gun fire.

On 7 June 1918, with few grenades and no signal flares left, Marine forces launched an assault with fixed bayonets, seizing enemy positions. Marine riflemen demonstrated their superior marksmanship, shredding the lines of an oncoming German counterattack.

After 20 days of intense fighting, the Marines had won the Battle of Belleau Wood. The German survivors, exhausted and wounded, gave a fitting nickname to their relentless opponent: Teufelhunden, or “Devil Dogs.”

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