Read The March Up Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division
The March Up Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division review ☆ 104 Vely against those who resist we will treat all others with decency demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression Major General JN Mattis 1st Marine Division Commanding Here is the story that can be told only by those who actually witnessed the action of the famed 1st Marine Division's march on Baghdad from the shaky beginning of US operations in southern Ira to the capture of US prisoners the misreported fierce Irai resistance and the aggressive assaults that led to a uick and decisive victory With over a half century of military and combat experience between t. Getting a report on first Marine Division and it s run up to Baghdad by authors after the fact tells part of the story Having a USMC Major General Ray Smith ret and a second reporter embedded with the unit throughout the fight gives you the first hand report of what actually went on A thrilling book that kept you sometimes frustrated sometimes excited and always in the know of what war and the various units involved in a 21st century military battle is all about A true page turnercharacters Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Francis J. Bing West Jr.
The March Up Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division review ☆ 104 Hem bestselling author F J Bing West and Major General Ray L Smith USMC Ret combine expert military analysis with dramatic battlefield reporting They bring the reader on a march that ended in victory but was shadowed by second guessing unexpected reversals and the threat of catastrophe With access to three star generals in the command centers and to privates in the field the authors reveal how the strategic plan played out in battle showing what went well and what failed and detailing power struggles for military and political control never reported The result is destined to become the definitive account of ground warfare in Ir. A good account of the first three weeks of the war from the individual to Division level The authors mainly talk about actions for which they were present or actions very close to them The focus is on 7th Marines but they mention 1st and 5th Marines The book introduces you to the men and the fighting but does not have many tactical or operational insights
Francis J. Bing West Jr. ´ 4 review
The March Up Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division review ☆ 104 With unprecedented access and previously unreported detail here is a first hand account of the 22 day march to Baghdad that takes you behind the scenes and to the front line No one reporting on the war in Ira had the uniue battlefield clearance afforded the authors of this dramatic eyewitness account Unlike embedded journalists confined to a single unit West and Smith acuired a captured yellow SUV and joined with whatever unit was leading the assault every day of the fight The result is a report of what really happened from the heart of the action unlike anything you'll read anywhere else While we will move swiftly and aggressi. I was surprised by this book because going off the average of the reviews here on Goodreads I expected it to be mediocre but turns out it wasn t so average and I thoroughly enjoyed itOf course I gave it 4 stars and not 5 and that indicates something went wrong I couldn t give it 5 stars because it was missing some dialogue It was few and far between and I would have thought seeing as they were travelling alongside the 1st Marine Division that Bing West Jr would have recorded plenty of dialogue If he didhe didn t include much of it in this bookFor those who have read other Ira War books set in this phase of the War the push to Baghdad you may find this book as interesting as I did in that it ties together with other books to give you a view across the battlefield An example of this is Generation Kill and Ambush Alley The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Ira War In The March Up you get the odd glimpse of the First Recon Team profiled in Generation Kill operating on the peripheral of 1st Marine Division Also some of the things mentioned in Generation Kill are mentioned in The March Up eg the J Lo dying rumour and the death of a First Recon soldier Horsehead who was operating external to his former recon team in another battalion You also get another perspective on the horrific blue on blue incident that happened in Nasiriyah along Ambush Alley As explained to us in detail in the book of the same name Ambush AlleyThere are other books from this time frame of the war that you feel in The March Up but those are two prominent examplesMaybe this book isn t for the some times or never military non fiction reader Maybe it is also not for the military reader who needs a barrage of strategy and battlefield plans I liked it because I do read modern war non fiction and it was what I expect barring the lack of dialogue from a spectators view I don t expect a plethora of battle strategy from a book like this I expect some and got it What I want from an embedded journalist is a candid style of writing and that is precisely what The March Up gives you On a side note Bing West and his travelling companion Ray are both Vietnam Vets and I got a real thrill out of the comparisons and information they brought from that war to this Good to read those connections and it gives this book an extra edge that i have not gotten from other books of this ilk
- The March Up Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division
- Francis J. Bing West Jr.
- 25 July 2019