World War II
Behind Enemy Lines With Merrill’s Marauders

Merrill’s Marauders were a special operations jungle warfare unit of the United States Army during World War II. The Marauders were organized as light infantry assault units who fought in South-East Asia, and were known for engaging Japanese forces behind Japanese lines. On February 24, 1944, the force began a 1,000 mile march that led them over the Patkai region of the Himalayas and into the Burmese jungle behind Japanese lines. In spite of the fact that they were almost always outnumbered, the Marauders managed to inflict more casualties than they suffered. Of the 2,750 Marauders who entered Burma, however, only two managed to avoid hospitalization for a wound or major illness. In this video, Joseph Robinson recalls his time as one of Merrill’s Marauders.

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