World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments

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  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Publication Date: 26 Jul 2018
The United States Marine Corps came into its own in the Pacific Islands campaign against Japan in World War II.
From Guadalcanal to Okinawa, US Marines formed the tip of the spear as Allied forces sought to push the Japanese back to their Home Islands.

This fascinating study tracks the deployments of the various Marine divisions throughout the war and explains their composition, but also goes deeper, to detail the individual regiments - the focus of the marines identity and pride. It explains the organization of the Marine infantry regiment and its equipment, and how they evolved during the war. The marine infantrymans evolving uniforms, field equipment and weapons are illustrated throughout using specially commissioned artwork and detailed descriptions to produce a fitting portrait of the US militarys elite fighting force in the Pacific.


Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

  • Introduction: formation - campaigns
  • The Marine Divisions: organization - tracking the divisions
  • Evolution of the Marine Infantry Regiment in organization, weapons, and vehicles: 1941 - 1942 - 1943 - 1944 - 1945
  • The Raider and Parchute Regiments
  • The regiments in combat: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th Marines 1st Raider Regiment, 1st Parachute Regiment
  • Field equipment: individual equipment - specialist equipment
  • Further reading

Used with permission, copyright 2018 Osprey Publishing. Copyright 2018 Brey Corp. t/a Hobby Works.

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