By First Division Museum at Cantigny
The oldest constantly serving department within the U.S. military, the “Fighting First” has regularly performed a very important position in America’s overseas wars. It used to be the 1st American department to determine wrestle and attain victory in global warfare I. one of many few intact divisions among the wars, it was once the 1st military unit to coach for amphibious struggle. in the course of international warfare II, the 1st department spearheaded the invasions of North Africa and Sicily ahead of best the Normandy invasion at Omaha seashore and scuffling with on deep into Germany. through war's finish, it had built winning combined-arms, regimental strive against groups and made advances in evening operations.
Wheeler describes the 1st Division’s serious position in postwar Germany and because the basically wrestle department in Europe in the course of the early chilly struggle. The department fought valiantly in Vietnam for 5 attempting years whereas pioneering "air-mobile" operations. It led the liberation of Kuwait in wilderness hurricane. alongside the way in which, Wheeler illuminates the division's organizational evolution, its constantly striking commanders and leaders, and its both extraordinary soldiers.
Meticulously distinctive and engagingly written, The massive purple One nimbly combines old narrative with astute research of the unit's successes and screw ups, in order that its tale displays the bigger chronicle of America’s army event over the last century.
Published in collaboration with the Cantigny First department origin and the Cantigny army background sequence, edited via Paul H. Herbert.