By Gordon Rottman
Together with vast info purely present in scattered resources or professional files and records, this publication offers specified assurance of all organizational facets of the Marine Corps devices in global struggle II's Pacific Theater. It provides in-depth heritage details at the devices' features, evolution, designation practices, tactical association of strive against devices, and wide statistical and technical info together with 21 targeted maps. The publication is a worthy one-stop source for researchers, historians, army background fans, and conflict players.
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Naval Group, China One of the most unusual organizations with which Marines were associated was Naval Group, China (NAVGRP China). The Group was originally tasked with organizing a naval mine warfare unit in Chinese coastal waters, but it gradually evolved into an unconventional warfare organization operating from the southern China coast to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and into Indochina waters. Under Cmdr Milton E. Miles, United States Navy (USN) (promoted to commodore in early 1944), it was tasked to support Nationalist Chinese efforts to harass and interdict Japanese forces ashore and in coastal waters.
Over 60 coastal units, comprising largely Chinese pirates manning junks, were formed. Most SACO units trained, provided logistical support to, and ultimately advised some 100,000 Chinese guerrillas. Reportedly, the SACO-sponsored guerrillas inflicted massive damage on Japanese forces on mainland China, but regrettably, American advisers were seldom permitted to accompany missions to verify the actual results. The reports were largely fabricated as the Nationalist Chinese attempted to preserve their forces and material assets for future actions against the communists.
Fortunately, they did not have to endure the latter indignities. The Marine Corps viewed the establishment of African American units, like women’s units, as a temporary wartime necessity. Like women, African American Marines were granted only Reserve status. With the exception of the 51st and 52d Defense Battalions, most of the Corps’ African Americans were mainly relegated to 49 depot and 12 ammunition companies attached to all-white base, field, and service depots and service battalions and regiments.
U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle: Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War, 1939-1945 by Gordon Rottman