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Our War Was Different: Marine Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam

Hemingway, Al

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ISBN 10: 1557503559 / ISBN 13: 9781557503558
Published by Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.: Naval Inst Press, 1994
Condition: As New Hardcover
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189 pages, map, photos, glossary, biblio, index, Like Mew Hardcover in Dust Jacket. SIGNED by the author. Bookseller Inventory # SCM008

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Title: Our War Was Different: Marine Combined ...

Publisher: Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.: Naval Inst Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Shares the experiences and observations of Marines who were part of the CAP, or Combined Action Program, one of the few successes in Vietnam

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Between 1965 and 1971 the Marines in Vietnam allocated 4% of their resources to an experimental effort that turned into one of the rare American successes of the war. The Combined Action Platoon (CAP) program was based on the belief that winning the support of the Vietnamese people was of primary importance. The CAP concept, duplicated in more than a hundred villages in I Corps, was a simple one: a squad of Marines plus a Navy corpsman joined forces with the local militia to protect villagers from the Vietcong, denying the latter recruits, food and intelligence. Hemingway here collects 27 oral histories by men who took part in the day-by-day pacification effort that included civic-action projects such as repairing bridges, digging wells and building schoolhouses, as well as patrols and ambushes. This little-known program, in which American fighting men were thrust into an alien culture to live, work, fight and die, has long deserved the objective analysis it receives here. Hemingway, senior editor of Vietnam magazine, offers the thought-provoking argument that the CAP concept could be successfully resurrected in low-intensity Third World conflicts. Photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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