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

John C. McManus, Author . Forge $27.95 (411p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0305-9

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)

Reviewed on: 03/17/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 415 pages - 978-0-7653-0312-7
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