The 7th Infantry Regiment: Combat in an Age of Terror - The Korean War through the Present


The 7th Infantry Regiment's motto, “Willing and Able,” speaks volumes about its past. The 7th has fought in more battles, in more places, than any other regiment in the U.S. Army. At practically every crucial moment in America's wars, the 7th has been there, shaping the future of the country and, by extension, the world. 

Acclaimed combat historian John C. McManus takes readers from the Cold War to the War on Terror, with a complete account of the 7th’s anguish and ...

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The 7th Infantry Regiment's motto, “Willing and Able,” speaks volumes about its past. The 7th has fought in more battles, in more places, than any other regiment in the U.S. Army. At practically every crucial moment in America's wars, the 7th has been there, shaping the future of the country and, by extension, the world. 

Acclaimed combat historian John C. McManus takes readers from the Cold War to the War on Terror, with a complete account of the 7th’s anguish and triumphs. Based on nearly a decade of research, from archives to battlefield visits to McManus's personal interviews with 7th Infantry soldiers, this book is a definitive and moving story of Americans in combat.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“McManus masterfully captures the heart and soul of the warriors of the 7th—remarkable storytelling by a highly skilled historian.”

—W. E. B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of Victory and Honor

“Superb. Grab this book—and buy a copy for a soldier you know!"

—Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of The War After Armageddon

“Terrific! This is military history that people will be reading fifty years from now. It takes the reader into the mystic soul of the U.S. Army.”

—Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee

Publishers Weekly

This is the first of a two-volume chronicle telling the modern-day story of the 7th Infantry, a regiment which has seen more active service than any other over its 200-year history. Historian McManus (Alamo in the Ardennes) begins with the Korean War. The 7th came ashore in late 1950, just in time to meet the onslaught of Chinese forces. After bitter fighting, it returned to the front in South Korea to participate in bloody offensives both large and small. Only one battalion of the 7th fought in Vietnam, and the author recounts its four years of conflict before moving on to the 1990s, when reforms had converted the army into an all-volunteer force of professionals, superbly equipped and ready to fight in Iraq. There, the 7th inflicted great damage on the foe but rarely suffered a casualty. McManus's overview of recent wars from the 7th's point of view draws on exhaustive research and interviews with veterans. The result is a book devoted largely to battlefield human interest stories, miniautobiographies of soldiers and exciting but disconnected accounts of individual unit actions that may engage military buffs more than the general reader. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
In the first of a planned two-volume account, McManus (Military History/Univ. of Missouri, Rolla; Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, 2005, etc.) offers a nuts-and-bolts chronicle of the only regiment to serve in every American war since the 19th century. The author begins with the regiment's arrival in Japan in September 1950, two months after North Korea's invasion of the South. A victim of America's frantic post-World War II demobilization, the 7th was so understaffed that authorities swept up 2,000 young South Korean men and shipped them to Japan to fill out the ranks. In November the regiment came ashore in North Korea to support advancing UN forces. Within weeks disaster struck as massive Chinese forces attacked, and the 7th endured brutal assaults in bitter cold defending its bridgehead, the only refuge for Marines retreating south. After its evacuation, the regiment joined UN forces south of the 38th parallel, and McManus recounts the subsequent brutal two-and-a-half-year war of attrition in 60 pages packed with anecdotes and small-unit clashes. When the 1950s reorganization replaced regiments with battle groups, the 7th was split between two divisions. Only one battalion served in Vietnam, and McManus dutifully records its four years (1966-70) of frustrating combat. Reforms during the '80s-of which the author clearly approves-converted the army into today's high-tech, all-volunteer force. Unlike cynical Korean- and Vietnam-era soldiers, the Gulf War professionals proclaimed fierce patriotism and absolute conviction that they were defending freedom. In McManus's account of the 7th's performance in both wars,acute readers will note the resemblance to a video game: Despite plenty of loud noises, explosions, confusion and massive slaughter of the enemy, the heroes-with a rare exception that provokes widespread horror-emerge unscathed. Dedicated military buffs have a bottomless appetite for such battle minutia, but general readers may feel the urge to skim.
From the Publisher
Praise for The Americans at D-Day

"[McManus] vividly portrays the brutality of the conflict."

The Washington Post

"Required reading on a bitter battle that won't be—and never should be—forgotten."

—W.E.B. Griffin, bestselling author of The Double Agents

"Awesome! A definitive account of a turning point in American and world history."

—Thomas Fleming, bestselling author of The Officers' Wives

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765347428
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 591,916
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. McManus is associate professor of U.S. Military History at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The author of six previous books, he was recently named to History News Network's list of Top Young Historians. He currently serves as official historian for the 7th Infantry Regiment Association. McManus lives in St. Louis with his wife, Nancy.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps     10
Preface and Acknowledgments     11
Introduction: April 3, 2003, Iraq     19
Hot and Cold War: Korea     25
Becoming Grunts: Vietnam     95
The Triumph of Professionalism: The Persian Gulf War     167
The Post-9/11 War on Terror: Kosovo and the Beginning of the Iraq War     244
The Iraq War: On to Baghdad and Beyond     315
Afterword     372
Notes     375
Select Bibliography     397
Index of Subjects and Persons     401
Index of Military Units     413
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