The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division

The March Up Taking Baghdad with the st Marine Division With unprecedented access and previously unreported detail here is a first hand account of the day march to Baghdad that takes you behind the scenes and to the front line No one reporting on the w

  • Title: The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division
  • Author: Francis J. West Jr. Ray L. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780553803761
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Iraq had the unique battlefield clearance afforded the authors of this dramatic eyewitness account Unlike embedded journalists confined to a single unit, West and SmWith 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 Iraq had the unique battlefield clearance afforded the authors of this dramatic eyewitness account Unlike embedded journalists confined to a single unit, West and Smith acquired 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 aggressively 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 J.N 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 U.S operations in southern Iraq to the capture of U.S prisoners, the misreported fierce Iraqi resistance, and the aggressive assaults that led to a quick and decisive victory With over a half century of military and combat experience between them, 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 Iraq.

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    1 thought on “The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division”

    1. I was surprised by this book because going off the average of the reviews here on , I expected it to be mediocre, but turns out, it wasn't so average and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Of 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. I [...]

    2. The March Up is a pretty good read about the War in Iraq and the day to day operations of the First Marine Division and their march through Iraq and straight into Bagdad. This is told by a couple of combat veterans and is a pretty good run through the daily life and details of 21st century combat in the field. Some interesting perspectives and a good feel of what it was like in the action, the realistic opposition of the Iraqis, and the daily challenges facing our Marines. I thought the groundwo [...]

    3. The march from Kuwait to Baghdad in the Gulf War by the 1st Marine Division is documented here on from a personal perspective. Our two authors have access from privates to generals and manage to place themselves at the point of action throughout most of the campaign. They give us an interesting perspective of the fighting, desert and the enemy with numerous accounts and anecdotes. The incredible firepower, organisation and professionalism of the Marines are clear although it seemed that when act [...]

    4. War is cruel land unforgiving. Bing West and Ray Smith are both veterans of the Vietnam war and served as advisors for operation Iraqi Freedom. This book is their first hand account on their 22 day journey to Baghdad to take down Saddam's Regime. I personally found this book very informative and very deep. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Iraq war and understand the true face of war.

    5. A look at the 1st Marine Division's role in the taking of Baghdad during the initial stages of the Iraq War. It's interesting to contrast and compare this account of conventional warfare with later accounts of anti-insurgency operations. The paperback edition even includes some of that in an epilogue added that revisits the division a few months later.

    6. 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.

    7. As the mother of one of the brave Marines of the 1st Marine Division, I was intrigued to read this account and comprehend the situation experienced by my son. I was not disappointed. I appreciated the accounting of the military and the humorous situations related in this book. Ooh-rah!

    8. I enjoyed this book, but I don't think it's especially accessible to readers who don't have military experience. For them, I'd recommend Generation Kill.

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