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Coming Soon, The Marine Raider/MARSOC Limited Edition Knife.

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OUR KIND OF WAR: Illustrated Saga of the U.S. Marine Raiders of World War II (Revised and Expanded Edition)

By: R.G. Rosenquist, Col Martin J. (“Stormy”) Sexton and Robert A. Buerlein

The definitive book about the Marine Corps’ first elite force, officially authorized by the U.S. Marine Raider Association. Hundreds of photos, maps and illustrations (many never be seen elsewhere), juxtaposed with you-are-there stories by the Raiders themselves, intertwined with historical narrative.

Hardbound; 8-1/2” x 11”; 279 pages.

“The best work of its kind I have ever read!”
-- W.E.B. Griffin, best-selling author of New Breed, Semper Fi, Brotherhood of War, and others.

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By: Homer K. Buerlein
Compiled and Edited by: Robert A. Buerlein

The B-26 Martin Marauder Medium Bomber was known as a “hot ship” – fast and difficult to fly. This is the story of flying this aircraft on 58 bomb missions in the ETO – and daily life in between – throughout the critical year of the war, 1944, and for 4 1/2 months as a P.O.W.
235 photos and illustrations; 277 pages.

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Allied Military Fighting
                                              Knives and The Men Who
                                              Made Them Famous
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By: Robert A. Buerlein

Two books in one…military knives and elite forces…the first book ever to analyze wartime Allied elite force missions while examining why and how their fighting knives were designed to be the most efficient “tools of the trade” possible.
Photos of 358 knives and 120 additional photos and illustations; 183 pages.

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Knives of War
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By: Gordon Hughes (U.K.), Barry Jenkins (U.K.) and Robert A. Buerlein (U.S.A.)

A wide array of international fighting knives, as compiled by three of the most recognized names in historical military knives – Gordon Hughes and Barry Jenkins of the United Kingdom and Robert A. Buerlein of the United States – Knives of War presents detailed line drawings, rare historical photos, and fascinating facts and anecdotes about the edged weapons used by both sides during World Wars I and II.

A number of World War II veterans who used these weapons on (or behind) the front lines in elite units enthusiastically shared inside information with the authors, and it is presented here for the first time. Of particular interest is some previously unknown information about the U.S. Marine Raider Gung Ho Knife and the Gerber Mark II Combat Knife, as well as a wealth of details about the most famous fighting knife of all, the Fairbairn-Sykes. Adding interest to this chapter are detailed biographies of Lt. Col. W. E. Fairbairn and Maj. E. A. Sykes, including their early years with the Shanghai Municipal Police, their critical work during World War II for the Allies, and the inspiration for their classic Fighting knife.

Among the other edged weapons examined in this book are big knives; knuckle knives; German trench knives; folding and gravity military knives; bayonet and sword conversions; trench clubs; and other miscellaneous knives of war.

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Views of the U.S. Marine Raider Museum
- MCB Quantico
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Marine Raider Museum – Raider Hall – Quantico MCB

Here the story is seen and told of the famous World War II Marine Raiders, the first and most famous commando-type outfit ever formed by the U.S. Marine Corps. The Raiders provided fast, hard-hitting assault units designed to inflict surprise strikes. They are the only U.S. military unit in American history authorized to use the Death's-Head Skull as their official symbol. Visitors will see why. Large glass display cases, and a dozen display boards tell the gallant Raider story. You'll see on exhibit the first Japanese flag captured during the war (Lt. Col. Evans F. Carlson's Raiders brought it back from the famous Makin Island Raid of 1942). The Museum features numerous photos of the Raiders in training, in camp and in combat. Also displayed are firearms, tools, equipment, uniforms (Raiders were the first to wear camouflage uniforms in World War II) and many fascinating implements of war. Visitors will also see captured Japanese combat gear. The evolution, training and combat success of this special unit, depicted here, chronicles the Raider story and inspires all who see it.

Museum Curator: Lt. Col. Joseph C. Shusko, USMC(Ref)

Museum Co-Founders:
(Raider) R. G. Rosenquist – U.S. Marine Raider Association
(Honorary Raider) Robert A. Buerlein – President, Historical Associates

Museum Director Emeritus: R. G. Rosenquist

Museum Curator Emeritus:
George A. MacRae


Directions to the Marine Raider Museum
* (Going N) Traveling from Richmond, Va., north towards Washington, D.C., on Interstate 95, get off the Interstate at Exit 148. At the bottom of the hill, turn left. Go 1.5 miles to the Sentry Booth.
* (Going S) Traveling from the Washington, D.C. area south on Interstate 95, take Exit 148. At the bottom of the hill turn right. Go 1.3 miles to the Sentry Booth.
* At the Sentry Booth, you will need to show your driver's license and tell them where you are going. Your destination is Raider Hall or MACE (the Martial Arts Center of Excellence) to visit the U. S. Marine Raider Museum. The Sentry may not be aware of these specific locations, but tell him they are by TBS (The Basic School).
* From the Sentry booth, keep straight for 1.6 miles to the intersection at the Fire Department. (There is a water tower on the right at this intersection.) Turn left at the Fire Department and keep straight for 2.8 miles. At the stop sign, turn left. Go .2 mile to the next stop sign. Keep straight and drive up onto the parade deck/parking lot. At the top of the hill, Raider Hall will be located to your extreme left, at the end of the parking area.
* There are several reserved spots at the end of the area reserved for visitors going to the Martial Arts Training Center (Raider Hall); you may use these, if you like.
* A word of caution: when you visit the base, obey the speed limit and directional signs. When they say 35 MPH, they mean 35 MPH!
* Gung Ho!

Museum Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Museum Telephone: (703) 432-6463


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