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Few Marines have had more impact on the Corps's history than Pete Ellis, and none have been more controversial. This biography of the brilliant yet troubled Marine disputes many long-accepted but unsubstantiated accounts of his life and death. Ellis's legacy as the father of amphibious warfare is fully examined by the authors, who searched through family papers, fitness reFew Marines have had more impact on the Corps's history than Pete Ellis, and none have been more controversial. This biography of the brilliant yet troubled Marine disputes many long-accepted but unsubstantiated accounts of his life and death. Ellis's legacy as the father of amphibious warfare is fully examined by the authors, who searched through family papers, fitness reports, Japanese sources, and interviewed eyewitnesses to solve the mysteries of Ellis's tragic life....

Title : Pete Ellise: An Amphibious Warfare Prophet, 1880-1923
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ISBN : 9781591140269
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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Pete Ellise: An Amphibious Warfare Prophet, 1880-1923 Reviews

  • Patrick
    2018-11-13 10:14

    An OK book on one of the oddest Marine officers of the 20th century. During the early years of the 20th century, Pete Ellis helped come up with many of the doctrinal ideas that the Marine Corps used to develop its amphibious warfare capability. Then, in World War I, he served as a planner with the 4th Marine Brigade of the American Expeditionary Force, winning a Navy Cross and a Croix de Guerre for his efforts. Finally, after the war, he accepted an assignment as a spy on one of the most ineptly planned and exceuted espionage missions in American history, as he attempted to document the preparation of Japanese islands defenses in the Pacific. He died while on that mission in 1924, and legend has it that the Japanese killed him, though no evidence exists to validate that conclusion. Ellis is one of the most colorful characters in Marine Corps history, and his lifestyle of alcoholism and hilarious drunken escapades would have earned him a dishonorable discharge today. But his contributions to Marine Corps amphibious doctrine and Marine history in World War I are significant, and so this biography is worth reading.Well reserched, adequately written.

  • Grahambo
    2018-11-18 08:54

    Well researched and supported study of a man who truly was an enigma; an alcoholic visionary who changed the Corps forever but died under bizarre circumstances in peacetime. Well done.