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Battle of Belleau Wood

World War I - All

Battle of Belleau Wood occurred from June 6-26, 1918 near the Marne River in France.  It involved the U. S. Second and Third Divisions against the German “Spring Offensive” of that year.   American casualties included 1,811 killed and 7,966 wounded and was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corp history to that point.  General John Pershing said afterwards, that it was the most important American battle since Appomattox and remarked, “that the deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle”.