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Old 09-16-2009, 04:18 PM
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In WWII, did the US Marines fight at all in Europe?

Recognizing the Marines' outstanding record in so many amphibious operations in the Pacific, I wondered if they particpated at all in any European theatre. If not, am I correct in assuming it was simply because of their insufficient numbers?

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Old 09-16-2009, 04:36 PM
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Yes, they did, but usually only in small numbers on shipboard duty, or distributed among other forces in order to provide them with amphibious knowledge and training.

A good link.

BTW, one of my favorite World War II factoids, somewhat related: the largest navy in World War II belonged to the U.S. Army!
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:58 PM
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BTW, one of my favorite World War II factoids, somewhat related: the largest navy in World War II belonged to the U.S. Army!
They also had the largest air force in WWII.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:59 PM
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They also had the largest air force in WWII.
Well, that's cheating, since the USAF was not technically a separate arm.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:44 PM
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Thanks everyone. Indeed, a terrific link davekhps!
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Except for Sicily, the ETO was not really the Marines forte, instead of taking a single island, the amphibious operations in the ETO were to establish a beachhead whereby forces could move inland. Indeed in the only operation of this type in the Pacific, the Phillipines Campaign of '44-45, the Marines did not participate.
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