Where the Marines in Europe in WWII?

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by dbltap, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. dbltap

    dbltap New Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    I was lounging the other evening and watching Band of Brothers and a random thought crept into my head. I don't remember seeing any WWII movies showing the Marines in Europe.

    I know they were in the Pacific Theater, but they had to be in Europe, some where, weren't they?
  2. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    I can't be 100% sure, but, didn't marines serve on most Navy vessels for protection? Some of our old Marine buddies should know this. Dad was in the European and Pacific theater, and it seems like there were Marines on his ship always.

    I think it's a great question. I'd like to know for sure.

  3. killbuck

    killbuck New Member

    I can't really answer 100% but I don't recall ever being taught about Marines fighting in Europe in WWll. Marines before WWll served security at Naval amd Marine bases and installations and aboard naval ships. After WWl the Marines over the years started gearing up as FMF units (Fleet Marine Force). To jump on a ship and go anywhere to fight. When Pearl Harbor came along the Marines used that FMF to head out and fight the japs where ever they were at, which was in the pacific and that held all thier attention.

    Hope that helped a wee bit but as I said I was never taught we fought in Europe at all.

    Semper Fi.
  4. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    There were a few loose Marines in Europe, but as far as combat operations, no, the ground war in Europe was exclusively a Army war. Before someone says " Air Force", remember, it was the Army Air Force at the time. The Pacific war was both Army and Marines.
  5. The only marines to see combat in the ETO were either ships company, attached to navy logistics shore commands or with the OSS.
  6. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA

    That is what I thought, 'attached to ship's company'. I don't believe the OP asked about 'being in action'.
  7. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    ??????? By the way the question was worded, in reference to watching the Band of Brother and where were the Marines, he inferred Combat operations.:)
  8. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA

    'In reference to' and 'he inferred', c'mon now. I'm an old broken down baseball coach. I can't try to figure out what somebody really meant. He asked were they there, I thought they were.
  9. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    There was a detachment of Marines in Iceland but they were there mainly to support occupying British forces.
  10. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Being minor picky here. Wasn't it the Army Air Corps?
  11. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Six of one and half dozen of the other, still army untill we were able to clean house and get rid of them.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2009
  12. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    # U.S. Army Air Service 24 May 1918–July 2, 1926
    # U.S. Army Air Corps 2 July 1926–June 20, 1941**
    # U.S. Army Air Forces 20 June 1941–September 18, 1947**
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  13. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck New Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    There were Marines floating around in europe. But nothing to the scale that the army was. Keep in mind at that time they were (and still are) a small branch of the service. They were "intended" for amphibious operations. Thus were best suited in the Pacific. And the pacific pretty much used up all of the Marine Corp it could provide. The Marine Corp isn't really a full-fledged "army" like the army, but a dedicated surprise invasion force not really designed for a protracted battle but just to secure a front for a mass grouping of the general Army that is more suited to a protracted and enduring battle.
  14. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    Hence the name 'A few good men'.;)
  15. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Why hey, we had to give the junior services something to do while we took care of Europe :) United States Army Retired:)
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