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

The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division Taking us straight to the front lines, The March Up follows the famed st Marine Division on their decisive , kilometre trek to Baghdad, from first assault to the taking of the city The st Marine Division, which had fought in Guadalcanal, Khe San, and Kuwait City, provided the critical force in Operation Iraqi Freedom With unprecedented access to everyone from three star generals to privates, authors West and Smith, men withyears of military and combat experience between them, trace the strategic war plans as they unfolded in battle, providing unflinching portrayals of what went well and what went poorly, and detailing power struggles and failures which have never before been reported No other journalist had the mobility, battlefield knowledge or personal contacts as West or Smith They were able to observe eighteen separate combat units in the division What emerges is a dramatic, personal and human account of how the corporals fought and the generals plotted, revealing the men behind the guns and the brave and sometimes unorthodox actions that resulted in astonishing triumphs Complete with apage, four colour photo insert and endpaper maps, The March Up is the behind the scenes story of how the men on the frontlines and the strategists in the backroom turned the march to Baghdad into a road to victory


About the Author: Francis J. "Bing" West Jr.

Francis J Bing West is an author and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs during the Reagan Administration His 2004 book The March Up Taking Baghdad with the First Marine Division, written with United States Marine Corps General Ray L Smith,was awarded the Marine Corps Heritage Prize for non fiction, as well as the Colby Award.



10 thoughts on “The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division

  1. Terri Terri says:

    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 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 we


  2. Peter Peter says:

    So slow and boring, this book is a waste of paper.


  3. Tim Tim says:

    A first hand account of the Marines invading Iraq A lot of details, the biggest thing I got out of this book was a deeper appreciation for Generals Mattis and General Kelly


  4. James Phipps James Phipps says:

    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 variou


  5. Matt Matt says:

    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 op


  6. John Gordon John Gordon says:

    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, or


  7. 18dh02 18dh02 says:

    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 learnabout the Iraq war and understand the true face of war.


  8. John John says:

    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.


  9. Tyler Tyler says:

    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.


  10. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    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


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