David Ulbrich's _Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943_ is the first book to examine Holcomb's crucial role as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Great Depression and World War II. It explains how and why Holcomb succeeded in expanding the Marine Corps from 18,000 officers and men in 1936 to 385,000 by 1943. This biography draws on a wide range of sources to tell the story of the Marine commandant who helped mold the Corps into a modern force-in-readiness.
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