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Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of the U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam

Hackworth, David H.; England, Eilhys

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ISBN 10: 1590710029 / ISBN 13: 9781590710029
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Rugged Land, New York, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition / First Printing. Book Condition: Near Fine. Top and bottom of spine have some minor creasing. Still very stiff on both ends. Otherwise like new. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1/2 inch closed tear on top of rear panel. Again, otherwise like new. A beautiful copy. Looks great. As a collector myself, I don't like surprises. All flaws listed. Jacket is protected in mylar cover and book placed in archival bag. I can send Photos Via email but I prefer to text them if possible. If you are looking for this title in a collectible condition send a request for some photos using the "Ask Bookseller a Question" option. They are easy to send and well worth the few minutes it takes to do. SIGNED BY BOTH COLONEL H. HACKWORTH & HIS CO-AUTHOR AND WIFE EILHYS ENGLAND. Bookseller Inventory # 000359

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Title: Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to ...

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Colonel David H. Hackworth, one of America's most decorated soldiers, lays bare his most daring and legendary tour of duty.

With a full year of Vietnam combat and five months of in-country intense after-action analysis under his pistol belt, Hackworth pens the classic tactical handbook the Vietnam Primer with military historian Samuel Marshall. In a radical shift from the World War II-era tactics then employed in Vietnam, Hackworth stresses the necessity of using disciplined, small units of well-trained men to best fight the hit-and-run warfare of the elusive Viet Cong. "Out G'ing the G," he called his tactics.

Hackworth's expertise lands him back in Vietnam. The Army's message is clear-put up, or shut up. Given the "hopeless," morale-drained 4/39th-an infantry battalion of poorly led draftees with one of the Army's worst casualty rates-Hackworth leads from up front and finds the best in every one of his grunts. Together, they take a page from the VC, write their own book, and become the meanest in the Mekong Delta-the Hardcore Recondos.

With the U.S. again facing elusive insurgent foes-and the hit-and-run tactics of the international terror networks we're presently up against-the 4/39th Hardcore Battalion's successes provide hard-won lessons-learned that are more applicable now than ever.

A tour de force of frontline combat action, Steel My Soldiers' Hearts takes readers alongside sniper missions, into grunt ambush actions, above fields of fire with hard-hitting helicopter strikes, and inside the quagmire of command politics. Hackworth graduates the Mekong Delta brotherhood into the pantheon of our nation's most heroic warriors.


Steel My Soldiers' Hearts is retired Colonel David Hackworth's account of his tour of duty in Vietnam commanding the 4/39th, an infantry battalion operating south of Saigon in the Mekong River delta. Poorly led (the previous commander had based the battalion in the middle of a mine field), with frightfully high casualties (40 percent during the six months prior to Hackworth's arrival), and fighting in the most dangerous of terrain, the 4/39th was a dispirited and demoralized group when Hackworth assumed command in January, 1969. Upon arrival, Hackworth fired many of the senior officers and then put the 4/39th through "Combat 101," which made him so unpopular that at one point Hackworth was warned of a bounty some of his men had put out on him. Over the next five months, however, Hackworth would transform the 4/39 from "hopeless to hardcore," dramatically reverse the casualty rate, score some spectacular victories over the Viet Cong, and earn the undying respect of his troops. Here's a gung ho and earthy firsthand account of the Vietnam War that fans of We Were Soldiers Once... will appreciate. --Harry C. Edwards

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