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The Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck Magazine archives have more than 100 years of articles. Click the buttons below to read articles about the Battle of Belleau Wood and its implications on the Corps, yesterday and today.

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Battle of Belleau Wood

LtCol Michael “Kiwi” Kelly, USMC (Ret)
Gazette
June 2018

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Belleau Wood Remembered

Emil J. Stefanacci
Gazette
July 1983

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Belleau Wood Pilgrimage

Col Michael C. Howard, USMCR
Gazette
June 2002

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Battle of Belleau Wood

Sgt Nicholas Joiner
Gazette
November 2013

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Belleau Wood Revisted

Col Richard H. Esau, Jr.
Gazette
November 1981

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Belleau Wood Seventy Years Later

Agostino von Hassell
Gazette
November 1988

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Belleau Wood from the German Perspective

Alexander Merrow, Capt Gregory Starace, Agostino von Hassell
Gazette
November 2008

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…and Belleau Wood

Capt R.L. Johnson
Gazette
June 1955

Maps

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Soissons and Vicinity Second Battle of the Marne
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2D Division Aisne Defensive
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Battle of Belleau Wood, June 2 – June 25, 1918
Aisne-Marne Counteroffensive, June – July, 1918
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German 1918 Spring Offensives
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Belleau Wood Situation Map
The Battle of Antietam, Septr. 16th-17th, 1862
Bois de Belleau
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2D Division
Aisne Defensive, June 1-5, 1918
Chateau Thierry Sector, June 6-July 16, 1918
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3D Division
Aisne Defensive, June 1-5, 1918
Chateau Thierry Sector, June 6-July 16, 1918

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Testimonials

It is important that we learn about such keynote battles [and] our history, because such battles are what established our foundation and warfighting spirit.”

– LCpl Shenoah White

This project has caused me to reevaluate my training plans and I will incorporate many lessons learned from it.  Also, thank you for the opportunity to walk the hallowed grounds of Belleau Wood. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will forever leave an impression on the Marines and myself.”

– Capt Brian Perez 

It caused me to become a critical thinker and made me realize that ignorance is not an excuse, we all need to learn… Visiting the place that our predecessors fought really lets you see the reality of it.”

– LCpl Denisha Milligan

Other Resources

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Belleau Wood Trail Map

American Battle Monuments Commission

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The Legacy of Belleau Wood: Making Marines and Winning Battles

Paul Westermeyer
Breanne Robertson, PhD
Marine Corps History Division

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Keystone Battle Brief: The Battle of Belleau Wood

Mark R. Folse
Marine Corps History Division

Lessons from Tarawa and Their Relevance to the Operating Environment of 2011
The Battle of Belleau Wood 1-26 June 1918

Keystone Battle Series
Marine Corps History Division Marine Corps University