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Belleau in Aisne Département, Picardie, France
 

Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1

 
 
Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
1. Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1 Marker
Inscription. At 3:45 a.m. on 6 June 1918, Marines and their French allies began an attack to seize Hill 142, a small hill that dominated the town of Torcy. The attack began along an 800 yard frontage with 1st Battalion 5th Marines on the 4th Marine Brigade left flank. As the attack developed, gaps in the Allied lines began to form. 1st Battalion 5th Marines soon found its flanks exposed to the Germans and came under intesive fire from German machine gun emplacements. Overcoming daunting casualties, the battalion reached its objective at 7:00 a.m. Throughout the remainder of the day, German forces attempted numerous counterattacks. The Marines repelled these assaults, held their positions and set the stage for one of the U.S. Marine Corps' most fiercely fought battles.

(French translation text follows the English version on the marker. Click on picture to enlarge.)
 
Erected 1998 by Company B, USMC Basic School.
 
Location. 49° 4.395′ N, 3° 17.398′ E. Marker is in Belleau, Picardie, in Aisne Département. Touch for map. This marker is on a circular trail leading from the west side of the Iron Mike monument parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Belleau, Picardie 02400, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers
Marker in background with Battle Damage image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
2. Marker in background with Battle Damage
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #2 (here, next to this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #3 (a few steps from this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #4 (a few steps from this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #5 (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Operations Map (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleau Wood Marine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Monument (approx. half a kilometer away in Hauts-de-France); American Aisne-Marne Memorial (approx. 6.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleau.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Belleau Wood Battle Damage image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
3. Belleau Wood Battle Damage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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