Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division by Nimrod Thompson FrazerSend the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division by Nimrod Thompson Frazer

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

byNimrod Thompson FrazerIntroduction byEdwin C. Bridges

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

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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.
Nimrod ?Rod? Thompson Frazer is a retired investment banker, formerly CEO of Enstar. He earned his MBA at Harvard and was awarded the Silver Star for his military service in Korea. His research on the Rainbow Division of WWI stems from his father?s stories of the famous team. Edwin C. Bridges served for thirty years as the director of ...
Title:Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow DivisionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.27 × 6.25 × 1.13 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:University of Alabama PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0817318380

ISBN - 13:9780817318383

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Table of Contents

List of Maps




1. Mobilization of the Alabama National Guard, 1916

2. Pershing's Force on the Mexican Border

3. Making an Infantry Division

4. The Rainbow in the Trenches

5. Champagne-Marne, July 3– 18, 1918

6. Aisne-Marne, Croix Rouge Farm, July 24– 26, 1918

7. The Ourcq and Brigadier General MacArthur

8. From Saint-Mihiel to the Argonne, September 12– October 11, 1918

9. The Cô te de Châ tillon in the Argonne, October 12– 21, 1918

10. Final Drive to the Rhine and into Germany

11. Return of the Immortals, May 7– 13, 1919






Editorial Reviews

"This manuscript makes an original and significant contribution to the field. In particular, the author makes a strong case for the importance of the 167th Alabama Infantry and its contribution to both the 42nd Division and the larger war effort. . . . The story pulled me in immediately due to the author’ s connection to the 167th. . . . I believe this book could straddle both the academic and popular reading community. It is a well-researched and interesting story. The fact that the 167th was in the Rainbow Division only adds to the appeal of the subject."— Dr. Nancy Gentile Ford, Professor of History, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, author of Americans All!: Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I, Issues of War and Peace and The Great War and America: Civil-Military Relations during World War I