Why were the Merrill Marauders so important?
Brcause their efforts indicated an American presence in China,
it provide a rationale for maintaing combat forces in China that
could have better have been employed in Oceania and like the
Doolitlle Raid it had a Psychological impact that greatly exceeded
its strategic importance. In terms of the big battles, this was
unimportant and maybe irrelevant. Like other strategic events in
WW-2, the Maruders, The Doolittle Raid, Iwo Jima and the attack and
defense of Gualalcanal were not as important as war winners like
Kursk or Stalingrad, but they all contributed, they all gave their
utmost, and they, like the A-Bomb won WW2.