World War II (1939 to 1945), was the largest conflict the world has ever seen. It involved countries from every continent with land battles taking place in Europe, Asia and Africa. Different theatres were active at different times and involved different combatants, with Germany, Italy, Romania, Hungary and Japan forming the Axis Powers, and Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the United States, alongside France, Poland, and Canada forming the Allied Powers.
In World War II, the Marines performed a central role in the Pacific War, along with the U.S. Army. The battles of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Tarawa, Guam, Tinian, Cape Gloucester, Saipan, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa saw fierce fighting between Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army.
Approximately 600,000 Americans served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. However, Marines played a comparatively minor role in the European theater. Nonetheless, they did continue to provide security detachments to U.S. embassies, and ships, contributed personnel to small, special ops teams dropped into Nazi-occupied Europe as part of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) missions, and acted as staff planners, and trainers for U.S. Army amphibious operations, including the Normandy landings. Nearly 87,000 Marines were casualties during World War II, including nearly 20,000 killed, and 82 were awarded the Medal of Honor.
- Scale: 10mm
- Materials: White Metal (contains lead)
Models supplied unpainted, may require assembly