Date added: 23.1.2015
The Marauders, also known as Merrills Marauders, fought the Japanese in the jungles of Burma during World War II.The battalion went into position on the high ground just back from the river to prepare for the attack. Radio silence was to be preserved... (page 165)After dark (Colonel) Osborne called his officers together and gave them their attack orders. ... At the first light of dawn the platoons were to move independently from the riverbank to the road, cutting the Japanese supply line and digging in against the inevitable violent counterattacks. Keep your men from firing as long as you can, said Osborne. Whatever the do, they mustnt start shooting while its still dark. If they get in a jam, its to be knives or bayonets. (page 166)The 400 men who had crossed the river soundlessly headed into the forest, almost as quiet as ever, weapons at the ready. (page 171)In the (Japanese) bivouac area there were little fires agleam in the half-light. Some of the Japanese were tending these, some were pulling on their clothes, some were at the latrine when the firing sounded in the south. Before they had a chance to react, the line of Marauders broke out of the woods and fell upon them. There was pamdemonium and carnage as the Marauders swept through the camp. ... In a few moments the bivouac area was cleared and the attack was pushing on the the road. (page 171)...it was estimated that the number of Japanese killed in the fighting numbered 300, as against an incredibly low figure on the American side of 8 killed and 35 wounded. First Battalion had set an example of aggressiveness and skill... (page 185) The Marauders by Charlton Ogburn Jr.