Belleau Wood Part 4

The attack at Bouresches was only partially successful. While part of the village was captured, the rail embankment, upon which several German machineguns were positioned, resisted capture, despite great courage on the part of the assaulting marines. At the end of the day the wheatfields around Bouresche were littered with American dead - in a single day, more marines had been killed then in the entire previous history of the Marine Corps.

Already the battlefield was threatening to return to static warfare. The Germans moved light artillery into position east of the wood, and French artillery units got into position to the west, and June 7th was marked by bombardments from both sides. The Americans nevertheless prepared for an assault despite the harassing fire.

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