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Based on official U.S. Army records, these eyewitness chronicles of seven horrific battles offer an unparalleled glimpse of the day-to-day reality of the Vietnam conflict. From a fierce fight on the banks of the Ia Drang River in November 1965 to a May '68 gunship mission, these highly charged reports convey the heroism and horror of modern warfare.
Each of these compelling narratives reflects events that took place throughout Vietnam after American troops were first committed in force in 1965. In addition to the achievements and sacrifices common to any war, this struggle was further complicated by an extremely elusive enemy and a new strategic dimension afforded by the helicopter—aspects that added a high degree of error, experimentation, and innovation. These accounts analyze the performance of individual soldiers under fire, illustrating both the reality of fear and the effects of military discipline and leadership.
Sources for this book include daily journals, after-action reports, and official interviews that took place immediately after the battles, along with subsequent interviews and correspondence conducted by the authors. Maps and other illustrations illuminate the text.

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John Albright served in Vietnam as a captain in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and participated in the action, “Convoy Ambush on Highway1.”  He received the B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University and is engaged in graduate study at  The American University.  He has served two short terms in Vietnam as a civilian historian while employed in the Office of the Chief of Military History.

 

John A. Cash, Major, Infantry, an experienced officer, serviced in Vietnam as a company commander and as a member of a brigade operations staff in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), in the latter capacity participating in the action, “Fight at Ia Drang.”  He also served two short tours in Vietnam as a historian on special missions for the Office of the Chief of Military History, to which he was involved in action, “Gunship Mission.” Major Cash holds the B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Rutgers University and the M.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

 

Allan W. Sandsturm, Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery, served on the G-3 staff of I Field Force, Vietnam.  He received the B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles nd the M.A. degree in history from the University of Texas at El Paso. Colonel Sandstrum is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Military History.

 

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Ben B rated it with 4 stars and had this to say, "Careful, detailed analysis of close combat."

Robert Burr rated it with 4 stars and had this to say, "Not the first place you want to go for information on warfare during this period, but an immensely rewarding read once you have some basic grounding in the way the armies involved worked. The battles are vividly described and thoughtfully analyzed."

Tom rated it with 4 stars and had this to say, "First of these true RVN books I have read in many years. It was better now that I am farther from the events. I could feel myself in a few of those encounters. I knew the territory quite well."

Kristopher Swinson rated it with 2 stars and had this to say, "I could read this sort of stuff all day, but only extract so much of value. Sad to say, there wasn't much to the third story, though the gunboat battle in #4 picked up the pace, and the overrun Special Forces camp at Lang Vei in #6 was rather exciting. (Those were some tough men facing the first successful use of Vietnamese armor (163), and it didn't help events that there was a great deal of confusion about who was Viet Cong and who was CIDG.) I admire those who endured a calm and collected death (24-25), expended all their ammo against the enemy (118), and/or kept returning to aid others at the front, however exhausted they might be (167-168).

One must appreciate the different mode of combat, when it was a "rare opportunity" to openly engage "any concentration of forces" (105). Vietnam was more about conducting warfare against "an aggressive, expertly camouflaged, and well-armed enemy force that could shoot well and was not afraid to die" (24). There was considerable difficulty creating landing locations (40, 109) in the jungle.

I rather liked the streamlined soldierly language of precision, which apprises one fully of overall troop movements as well as individual heroic actions, to say nothing of the reports of brave Americans about whom it was said that "piles of enemy dead in front of the positions testified to the enemy's tactical failure"

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  • PublisherDover Publications
  • Publication date2007
  • ISBN 10 0486454711
  • ISBN 13 9780486454719
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages208
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