Evans Carlson, Marine Raider


The Man Who Commanded America's First Special Forces

By: Duane Schultz
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781594161940
Published: 30th July 2014
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
£13.99

Evans Carlson, Marine Raider

On August 17, 1942, ten days after American marines had stormed Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, two U.S. submarines secretly delivered a small force from the newly formed 2nd Marine Raider Battalion to Japanese-occupied Makin Island one thousand miles to the north. The raid was intended to gather intelligence and divert attention from the main American attack to the south. News of the success of this special operation took hold of the American imagination and provided a much needed boost to morale. The battalion's leader was Evans Carlson, a forty-six-year-old career marine office who had most recently served in China as a military observer. Carlson was also a friend of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and he had proposed the creation of a small elite raider force similar to the British Commandos. Having accompanied Chinese guerrillas in their war against Japan, Carlson incorporated some of their tactics into his raider training, including a method of esprit de corps called “gung ho,” a word still used today for loyal enthusiasm. Carlson's raiders went on to conduct a lengthy operation behind enemy lines in Guadalcanal, contributing to the American victory. After months of exertion, Carlson fell ill and returned stateside. Despite his notoriety and willingness to return to the front, this decorated officer would never command again. 

In Evans Carlson, Marine Raider: The Man Who Commanded America's First Special Forces, psychologist and acclaimed history writer Duane Schultz presents a fascinating and absorbing portrait of this complex officer. Son of a Congregational preacher, Carlson left home at an early age, and when he was just seventeen, the tall, lanky underage teenager bluffed his way into the army. He began his eventful military career against Pancho Villa, and continued through World War I and the unrest in Central America and in China. Despite Carlson's personal bravery, loyalty, and long service, Schultz reveals that his active career was cut short by the Marine command who were envious of the attention he and his men received from the press and public; foreshadowing the paranoia of the McCarthy era, he was also rumored to be a communist. His raiders remained staunchly loyal to their former commander, and when he died in 1947, they ensured he would be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Famed army and political cartoonist Bill Mauldin said, “There were only two brass hats whom ordinary GIs respected: Dwight Eisenhower and Evans Carlson.” This is Carlson's story.

 




Some books that may interest you

The Boys of Shakespeare's School in the Second World War
The Boys of Shakespeare's School in the Second World War
By: Richard Pearson

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - April 1915 to June 1916
Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - April 1915 to June 1916
By: Paul Oldfield

Japan's Last Bid for Victory
Japan's Last Bid for Victory
By: Robert Lyman

Missing But Not Forgotten
Missing But Not Forgotten
By: Ken Linge, Pam Linge

Carthage's Other Wars
Carthage's Other Wars
By: Dexter Hoyos

The Pacific Naval War 1941-1945
The Pacific Naval War 1941-1945
By: David Wragg

Enfield in the Great War
Enfield in the Great War
By: Stephen Wynn

Cross Channel & Short Sea Ferries
Cross Channel & Short Sea Ferries
By: Lord Ambrose Greenway

Zulu Frontiersman
Zulu Frontiersman
By: Major C.G Dennison
Edited by: Ron Lock, Peter Quantrill



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.