Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1

Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1 (HM1M9O)

Location: Belleau, Picardie 02400 Aisne
Country: France
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N 49° 4.395', E 3° 17.398'

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At 3:45 a.m. on 6 June 1918, Marines and their French allies began an attack to seize Hill 142, a small hill that dominated the town of Torcy. The attack began along an 800 yard frontage with 1st Battalion 5th Marines on the 4th Marine Brigade left flank. As the attack developed, gaps in the Allied lines began to form. 1st Battalion 5th Marines soon found its flanks exposed to the Germans and came under intesive fire from German machine gun emplacements. Overcoming daunting casualties, the battalion reached its objective at 7:00 a.m. Throughout the remainder of the day, German forces attempted numerous counterattacks. The Marines repelled these assaults, held their positions and set the stage for one of the U.S. Marine Corps' most fiercely fought battles.

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HM NumberHM1M9O
Year Placed1998
Placed ByCompany B, USMC Basic School
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 478822 N 5435639
Decimal Degrees49.07325000, 3.28996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 49° 4.395', E 3° 17.398'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds49° 4' 23.7" N, 3° 17' 23.88" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near D82, Belleau Picardie 02400, FR
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