Beirut 1983: Have we learned this lesson?
Marine Corps Gazette - October 31, 2003
Agostino von Hassell

Following is a report from the 'Can't Shoot Back Saloon.'

The facts are stark. Twenty years ago, very early at 0622 on 23 October 1983, a lone suicide bomber drove a Mercedes truck-packed with the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of TNT-into the building housing many of the Marines of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (24th MAU) killing 241 Marines and members of other U.S. Services. Most of Headquarters and Services Company of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (BLT 1/8) was wiped out. At the same time, another suicide bomber drove a van into the barracks housing the French Foreign Legion killing several doxen Legionnaires. 

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90 Year Later Belleau Wood Revisted

by Agotino von Hassell

It’s about the size of Central Park in New York City or maybe one third of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. When seen from the air, the battleground of Belleau Wood today looks impossibly small and, more importantly, almost exactly as it looked on 6 June 1918 when this critical engagement started what would last through 26 June. units larger than a company. Based on that record, the modern Marine Corps evolved and would become the formidable force that would prove itself firstin the additional battles of the WWI, such as Blanc Mont and St. Mihiel, and later in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. 

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Belleau Wood -The unkown German perpective

by Alexander Merror, Capt Gregory Starace, & Agostino von Hassel

Belleau Wood conjures up memorable phrases for those who have studied the battle. “Retreat, hell! We just got here.” “These are American regulars  They will hold.” “Come on, you sons-o’-bitches! Do you want to live forever?” “Teufelhunden.”

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