One of the great defining moments in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps was their participation in World War I. These two highly regarded historians, recount this experience in great detail, capturing the spirit that earned the WWI Marines the sobriquet "Devil dogs," while providing an important combat study of the conflict. Names like Belleau Wood, Soissons, and St. Mihiel still resonate today, nearly a century later, and Simmons and Alexander leave no doubt as to why. Hand-to-hand combat as seen through the lenses of a gas mask is accompanied by cogent analysis and thought-provoking assessments of this war and its impact on the U.S. Marine Corps.
Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Simmons served in the Marine Corps for thirty-six years, was the Director of Marine Corps History and Museums. Simmons is the author of The United States Marines, and Frozen Choisin and he died in 2007. Col. Joseph H. Alexander served in the Marine Corps for twenty-eight years. He is the author of Utmost Savagery and four other books. Col. Alexander passed away on 28 September 2014. He was 76 years old.
Praise for Through the Wheat
“Through the Wheat is an excellent history of the Marines in World War I. General Simmons, who wrote the lion’s share of the narrative, was a key member of CAMP for a number of years, and fellow members who knew and respected him will definitely want to add this book—his final work—to their military libraries.”
— The Journal of America’s Military Past, Spring/Summer 2012
“Through the Wheat is a magnificent read and a fitting tribute both to the Marines of ‘The Great War’ and to two of the Corps’ greatest historians.”
— Gen. Carl Mundy, USMC (Ret.), 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps and former Commanding General, 4th Marine Brigade
“This is the best history of the U.S. Marines in World War I that we can ever hope to have. It is authoritative, accurate, and compelling reading—by two of our preeminent military historians. If you want to discover how the U.S. Marine Corps fought to bloodied maturity battling the Germans bayonet-to-bayonet deep in Belleau Wood, I suggest you read Through the Wheat.”
— J. Robert Moskin, author of The U.S. Marine Corps Story and Mr. Truman’s War