1st Provisional Marine Brigade on Guam

Activated on April 18th 1944 on Guadalcanal and built around the 4th and 22nd Marine Regiments. The brigade would join the 3rd Marine Division and Army's 77th Infantry Division for the invasion of Guam. While only being recently activated the sub units had already seen combat. Most notably the the 4th Marine Regiment which was …

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Today in History: Retaking of Guam

77 years ago today, July 21st 1944, The battle to retake Guam began. Part of Operation Forager, the plan to capture the Marianas, the Battle of Guam was conducted by the III Marine Amphibious Corps which consisted of the 3rd Marine Division, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade and the 77th Infantry Division. W-Day began at 0600 …

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Shovel on the Suspenders in Saipan

Something popular during the Battle of Saipan was the wearing of the M1910 entrenching tool attached to the suspenders. Unfortunately I am not entirely sure how it was done. I have seen in other battles the shovel without any cover just being tucked behind the straps. But in all the pictures of the battle the …

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Today in History: D-Day (Commonwealth)

77 years ago today, June 6th 1944, Operation Neptune began. The opening phase of Operation Overlord, saw six infantry divisions landed by sea and three by air totally over 150,000 men. There were a total of five landing beaches, two American, two British and one Canadian. Yesterday I posted some pictures of the US landing …

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