USMC Firepower: Armor and Artillery (Firepower Pictorials 1011)
By Yves Debay
Publisher: Concord Publications 1992 64 Pages
PDF 14 MB
As pan of the US. Department of Navy, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) could be considered as a fully autonomous army and could easily be considered the 4th branch of the United States Armed Forces.
With 204,000 all volunteer elite soldiers, the USMC is the First Intervention Force of the U.S.A. The size and firepower of the USMC is equivalent to the firepower of a medium size country or the combination of two smaller countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands.
Although the primary task of the USMC is the frontal amphibious assault, the same "Leathernecks" are also capable of undertaking intervention missions like hostage rescue or the evacuation of US. citizens on foreign soil threatened by hostile governments.