United States Marine Corps History: Belleau Wood
Carl | April 29, 2014
Marines fought one of their greatest battles in history at Belleau Wood, France during World War I.
Marines helped to crush a German offensive at Belleau Wood that threatened Paris. In honor of the Marines who fought there, the French renamed the area “the Wood of the Brigade of Marines.”
German intelligence evaluated the Marines as “storm troopers”–the
highest rating on the enemy fighting scale. In reference to the Marine’s ferocious fighting ability, German troops called their new enemy “Teufelhunden” or “Devildogs,” a nickname in which Marines share pride.
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