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Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division

Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division [Kindle Edition]

Nimrod Thompson Frazer , Edwin C. Bridges

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"Rod Frazer does an amazing job describing the sights, sounds, and smells of the WWI battlefields as well as recounting personal stories of the brave men from Alabama's 167th Infantry Regiment. The 167th fought under the flag of the famous 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division formed from across twenty-six states and sent to the front lines to repel the German Army's march toward Paris. While Frazer focuses on the Alabama regiment's many heroic deeds, he also brings into context many issues faced by the division leadership and the other divisional regiments from New York, Ohio, and Iowa. He tells of the ascension of Colonel Douglas MacArthur from chief of staff to brigade commander and how his leadership inspired WWI Rainbow soldiers. As you read this book you will see why past and present Rainbow soldiers are so proud of their beginnings. As a former commanding general of the 42nd, I thank Rod Frazer for this well-documented history of our beloved division."--Major General Joseph Taluto (US Army, Retired), chairman Rainbow Division Veterans Foundation

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Send the Alabamians recounts the story of the 167th Infantry Regiment of the WWI Rainbow Division from their recruitment to their valiant service on the bloody fields of eastern France in the climactic final months of World War I.

To mark the centenary of World War I, Send the Alabamians tells the remarkable story of a division of Alabama recruits whose service Douglas MacArthur observed had not “been surpassed in military history.” The book borrows its title from a quip by American General Edward H. Plummer who commanded the young men during the inauspicious early days of their service. Impressed with their ferocity and esprit de corps but exasperated by their rambunctiousness, Plummer reportedly exclaimed:

In time of war, send me all the Alabamians you can get, but in
time of peace, for Lord’s sake, send them to somebody else!

The ferocity of the Alabamians, so apt to get them in trouble at home, proved invaluable in the field. At the climactic Battle of Croix Rouge, the hot-blooded 167th exhibited unflinching valor and, in the face of machine guns, artillery shells, and poison gas, sustained casualty rates over 50 percent to dislodge and repel the deeply entrenched and heavily armed enemy.

Relying on extensive primary sources such as journals, letters, and military reports, Frazer draws a vivid picture of the individual soldiers who served in this division, so often overlooked but critical to the war’s success. After Gettysburg, the Battle of Croix Rouge is the most
significant military engagement to involve Alabama soldiers in the state’s history. Families and geneologists will value the full roster of the 167th that accompanies the text.

Richly researched yet grippingly readable, Nimrod T. Frazer’s Send the Alabamians will delight those interested in WWI, the World Wars, Alabama history, or southern military history in general. Historians of the war, regimental historians, military history aficionados, and those interested in previously unexplored facets of Alabama history will prize this unique volume as well.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7271 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (13 May 2014)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class history! 18 Jun 2014
By Patrick D. Mahaney - Published on
Nim Frazer's first published work, Send the Alabamians, is first class history and an enjoyable read. This work is a meticulously detailed study of Alabama's famed regiment, the famed 167th, that served from the Mexican campaign (1916) through the occupation of Germany (1919). The 167th served with the famous 42nd 'Rainbow' Division during the war and endured substantial casualties during the 1918 campaigns leading to the end of the war. The war service of both the regiment's senior officers as well as the ordinary soldier are recounted in exemplary detail. Any serious student of The Great War will want to read Send the Alabamians. Well-written and heavily footnoted, this a substantial historical work.

Nim's father was an enlisted infantryman in the Great War serving with the 167th. Drawing heavily on his father's post-war recollections and stories and letters to home, and further developed by official unit historical documents and secondary sources, there is no doubt that this work is a homage to his father and his father's fellow soldiers who served with distinction in the Great War. No stranger to combat, Nim Frazer was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in the Korean War and later established a very successful investment firm in Montgomery, Alabama. Now retired, this is Nim Frazer's first published work and good one at that. Send the Alabamians is very good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If any one is looking for a good book to read…"Send the Alabamians" by Frazer…Is a very ... 13 July 2014
By Cowpens - Published on
If any one is looking for a good book to read…"Send the Alabamians" by Frazer…Is a very good book. It's about the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment which became the 167 Infantry Regiment during World War I, which was part of the Rainbow Division. The book is well written. It shows that 52 years after the end of the War Between the States that young men from Alabama put it all on the line for United States. We Alabamaians have a great hidden history. Here is one book that tells us of our great history.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best war history I've ever read... 29 July 2014
By John Cork - Published on
Alabama was still a somewhat reluctant part of the Union when World War I broke out. By the time it ended, the fields of France were soaked in Alabama blood. Upon that tragedy, American flags lined the streets of Alabama towns. Nimrod Frazer has taken a war that has ceased to be a living memory and brought it to life, from the dusty cotton farms to the carnage of the Argonne. The journey take the reader into the world of General Pershing and the Mexico Expedition, the Philippines and ultimately into the battles that reshaped the map of the world. Along the way, we meet legends like George S. Patton and Father Duffy and the Southern Boys who fought so bravely, died so freely and suffered so valiantly for a flag that their fathers and grandfathers fought against.
Send the Alabamians is strong history, and on every page you can feel the author's commitment to get every detail right, to bring the battles to life.
What becomes clear, even though Frazer limits his tale mostly to the war years, is that the men who fought in the Rainbow Division and the 167th to liberate foreign lands were all changed by the experience. The reader is also changed, given a growing sense of the larger meaning of this conflict for a nation still healing and interpreting its own Civil War and westward expansion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relatives gone before. 22 Jun 2014
By Susan S. - Published on
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Love this book. Nice to be able to see information about our relatives gone before us in print. Very proud.
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