D-Day 6 JUNE 1944, why no marines?

why were there no marines on d-day in europe? is it because they were all directed in the pacific?

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  • James
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    1 decade ago
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    There were a few US Marines in the European front of the Second World War and mostly in Ireland. The majority of the USMC strength was in the Pacific front of the war.

    From what I have read, the issue was more political in a way. After WW1, the public was brainwash in believing the Marines had brought the United States fame worldwide for their actions at the Battle of Belleau Wood. In truth, the Army has done a lot too during the war and was mostly forgotten. So they decided not to allow the Marines back in the European Front to see actions.

    Lol hrb5711. You're hella correct.

    • T5 years agoReport

      It's war why would it matter about what they did in belleau wood

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    5 years ago

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    D-Day 6 JUNE 1944, why no marines?

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  • sant
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    4 years ago

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  • Nancy
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    4 years ago

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    There were small numbers of Marines who served in Europe during WWII. There were Marines aboard naval vessels as there always are and a very small number who served ashore. The US made a decision to put its major effort against Germany and defend against the Japanese until we defeated Germany. The Navy and Army Gen. MacArthur requested and received permission to make an effort against the Japanese. The Marine Corps landed on Guadalcanal exactly 8 months after Pearl Harbor and long before the Army landed in Africa. At the time, the Marines were commissioned to make amphibious landings and provide a beachhead for the Army. They were to make a landing and provide a 30 mile area inland. The islands in the Pacific didn't provide for a 30 mile beachhead. So, the Marines took the entire islands. This has contributed to the blurring of Marine responsibilities. The Marines made the amphibious landings in the Pacific which proved the viability of amphibious landings and made D-Day possible. Before they proved the tactics, it was not believed to be viable. A Marine named Krulak, he was a small marine with the nickname the brute, witnessed the Japanese amphibious landings in China and proposed the building of the Higgins boats, which we used for amphibious landings, from his observations of the Japanese. So, as always, the Marines were there because of the tactics and equipment which they had proved to be successful. Today, when an A-10 or an Apache helicopter assaults tanks or an Air Force pilot provides close air support, the Marines are there because they proved the value of close air support and developed the tactics used today when they were the first to use them in WWII. They developed and hones the practice of vertical envelopment (bringing troops in by helicopter) in Korea. This was the main tactic in Vietnam. The Marines are always there, whether they are there physically or not, their spirit and their tactics are always there. Many of the modern warfare tactics were developed by the Marines. Semper Fi

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Pretty much, the European front was pretty much a land battle with just one sea based invasion after they got a beach head it was an areal and ground battle. On the Pacific front though there was a lot of island hopping to be done so the Marines were more suited for that kind of combat.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you are referring to American Marines, then the reason why they weren't in Europe is that American marines are more inclined to attacking, than both attacking and defending and were heavily committed in the island fighting in the Pacific. However, elements of the Royal Marines were in the Order of Battle of the Invasion of Normandy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably that, and they aren't designed to just hold position. They are made to strike and go.

    The traditional army is designed for a "tug-of-war." They are accustomed to advancing and withdrawing, repetitively. I suspect the Marines are largely on-way. Backing up would probably cause a jumble.

    Although the Marines would be in their element on the beaches, moving inland continually might not be their style. They probably don't have the land transports, guard forces, and cargo handlers for long supply lines. The invasion couldn't permit time to replace Marines with army soldiers. The Germans were moving in from their decoyed positions.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They had already been fighting in the Pacific for two years.

    However there was a Marine detachment in London, called OSS I think, it started the Marines guarding embassies. We also help trained the Army for the Normandy invasion. And of course there were Marines aboard the Navy ships, to my knowledge though we didn't participate in any major way on land in the European Theater.

    Now you should look at the Marines in WW1 and see what we did in Europe. Look up Bellu Woods. I've always heard jokes that the reason we weren't in Europe in WW2 is because we already ****** up that continent once, it was time for us to move on to a new one.

    Source(s): USMC Active Duty
  • 1 decade ago

    Yes

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There were a few...

    But 99% of the Marines were

    fighting in the Pacific...

    A far more Brutal Campaign...

    Source(s): Retired Marine...
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