New Book Shares Lesser Known Combat Stories of First U.S. Marines

North Hills, CA  (Profitable.com)  From the earliest days of our country, “Send in the Marines!” was a call that ensured victory in key U.S. battles against Britain and Mexico. In his new book from Warriors Publishing Group, “The First Leathernecks: A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma” (ISBN 0982167059) author Don Burzynski recounts this pivotal period in American military history.

Burzynski covers the early 19th century battles that showed the United States Marine Corps to consist of fearsome warriors, skilled at manning cannon and devastating with a musket. His fast-paced account is accompanied by rich illustrations and maps, along with original art by Marine Corps artist Colonel Charles Waterhouse.

As 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, “The First Leathernecks” shows how the Marines repulsed British troops at the battles of Lake Erie, Baldensburg, Baltimore and New Orleans. It recounts how the Marine Corps was instrumental in combating the slave trade and quashing pirates off the coasts of North Africa. Anyone familiar with the Marine Corps hymn will learn how they assaulted the Palace of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.

Despite their victories abroad, the Marine Corps was under attack at home by President Andrew Jackson and other politicians who sought to disband the force. This little-known fact is one of many pieces of early military history unearthed by Burzynski, who has been a guest history columnist for the Marine Corps Times and the Navy Times. Drawing on primary documents and research, he has compiled a rich, detailed history of early Marine battles for the lay reader. He hopes “The First Leathernecks” can serve as an educational and entertaining history of one of America’s most revered organizations.

“I predict that ‘The First Leathernecks’ will become a valued tabletop resource for anyone interested in the War of 1812 for many years to come,”–Dr. Charles Neimeyer, Director, Marine Corps History Division.

“The First Leathernecks: A Combat History of the U.S. Marines from Inception to the Halls of Montezuma” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and through other channels, including http://www.warriorspublishing.com.

About the Author:

Don Burzynski was a guest history columnist for the Marine Corps Times and Navy Times in Arlington. He has been a historian for 52 years starting as a re-enactor in 1959, reliving the Civil War Centennial, the Bi-Centennial of the American Revolution and currently the Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812. He holds three Detroit EMMYs and two CLIOs for commercial concepts when he was a Creative Director/Producer in the advertising field.

He has spoken and conducted research for The History Channel and has appeared in a number of their programs. In 1996, he won the prestigious Magruder Award from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation for living history excellence.

This is Don’s first book on the U.S. Marines. He has begun a volume entitled “Sea Soldiers in the War of 1812.”