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Gunny G: About That WW One Battle Cry...

November 26 2006 at 11:37 AM
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FROM LEON URIS' BOOK, BATTLE CRY
Here is an excerpt from the book, Battle Cry, 1953, Putnam.... Page 468...

(Note: Red Beach One, Saipan--the beloved "Highpockets" Huxley, 2nd Battalion CO has been killed, casualties are high and the enemy is counterattacking, and now Captain Max Shapiro, Fox Company commander lies dying also....)

"As the stunned Marines braced for the death they knew must come, Two Gun Shapiro stepped in front of them, his two pistols smoking, He turned to his Marines and over the din they heard a gristly shriek from his lips. 'Blood!' he cried. Max Shapiro sank to his knees, his pistols empty. He threw them at the enemy, 'Blood' he screamed, 'Blood!'

The men of Huxley's Whores were petrified. A legend was broken. The invincible captain, the man bullets could not touch, the man they believed was almost divine, lay there writhing in agony the same as any human being. The blood gushed from his mouth and ears and nose and he rolled over defiantly, trying to crawl to his enemy to kill them with bare hands, the same ghastly word on his lips.

Was he human after all? Did he not realize that something must be done to elevate his men to a task beyond human capabilities? Was it his God who sent him forward to sacrifice himself? Or was Max Shapiro merely a mad dog, full of a glorious madness?

Huxley's Whores rose to the heights of their dead captain. They no longer resembled human beings. Savage beyond all savagery, murderous beyond murder, they shrieked, 'BLOOD!' 'BLOOD!' ...'BLOOD!'

The enemy," who were mere mortals, fell back."

Although fiction, the scene as depicted above serves to generally define, for purposes of this webpage, something of just what is meant by the term "Battle Cry."

FROM SCUTTLEBUTT & SMALL CHOW
E-E-E-YAH-YIP of WW I

"Found another reference to the warcry in an article from the Chicago Tribune, but no explanation as to its origin. Have included the full article.

BJ Omanson
skipper@labyrinth.net"

"EE-YAH-YIP!" IS CRY AS MARINES HUNT RECRUITS" ~ ~ ~

"This is the Life, Appeal to Men of Brains & Brawn ~ ~ ~ Chicago, July 11, 1918

With all the pep that is implied in their war-cry 'Ee-Yah-Yip' the Marines' drive for recruits was shoved into high yesterday to procure 2600 men and 600 each month hereafter.
The usual means of corralling the prospective fighters were....
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