Battle of Belleau Wood, June 6, 1918

Battle of Belleau Wood

On June 6, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade began its initial assault at Belleau Wood, charging across a wheat field toward German strongholds.

The Marines would fight relentlessly for three weeks and suffer heavy casualties to German machine guns and artillery fire. The total number of Marine casualties would eclipse all the casualties the Corps had sustained in its previous 143 years.

Belleau Wood became a touchstone battle in the annals of the Corps, marking the birth of the modern United States Marines.

The video below is a reenactment of the Marines charging across the field on June 6, 1918 and is featured in our World War I gallery.

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