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Vietnam War

1-199450 THE BOYS OF '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the US military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military build-up. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California and city-slickers from Cleveland opened their mail to find greetings from Uncle Sam. Most American soldiers of the Vietnam era trickled into the war zone as individual replacements for men who had become casualties or had rotated home.

Charlie Company was different as part of the only division raised, drafted, and trained for service. From draft to the battlefields of South Vietnam, this is the unvarnished truth from the fear of death to the chaos of battle, told almost entirely through the recollections of the men themselves. This is their story, the story of young draftees who had done everything that their nation had asked of them and had received so little in return - lost faces of a distant war. 1 vol, 376 pgs 2012 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-930307 STRATEGY & TACTICS #307: Cold War, Hot Armor Cold War, Hot Armor is a two-player game in which players take command in armored actions during the Cold War. The game is part of a series; this particular game is set during the War in Vietnam, 1954-75. Future games will include battles in continental Africa, the Middle East and eventually a hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict. The game system emphasizes command control, combined arms, and evolving technology.

Components: One 22x34-inch map and 280 counters. Plus magazine. 1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-DG1718 KHE SAHN 1968: Marines Under Siege Khe Sanh 1968 places you in command of United States and South Vietnamese (ARVN) forces in the campaign to relieve the USMC firebase at Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. The historical campaign was something of a race against time as the US high command feared that the North Vietnamese were going to attempt to overrun the base. All resources put into the Khe Sanh fight, however, were subtracted from those available to deal with the Tet Offensive elsewhere. Your mission is to extract maximum communist losses while minimizing the allied effort.

The game uses the Cold War Blitz series rules, a solitaire game system. You command the US and ARVN units, and have a deck of cards to enhance your unit capabilities. A second deck of cards, drawn randomly one at a time, controls communist (OPFOR) activities. Combat is resolved with a quasi-tactical system with opposing units firing at one another. Scale: Level: Regiment-Brigade and Hex: 260 yards per inch.

Game Contents:
* 11 x 17' map
* 40 die-cut counters
* 18 mini cards
* Scenario Instructions
* Four page rule booklet 1 vol, 4 pgs 2015 CA, DECISION GAMES
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1-211610 Albert Grandolini THE EASTER OFFENSIVE VIETNAM 1972: Volume 1 - Invasion across the DMZ On 30 March 1972, the South Vietnamese were attacked by regular North Vietnamese Army divisions supported by hundreds of armored vehicles that crashed though their defensive lines along the border.

The South Vietnamese resistance shuddered, and then crumbled under the communist onslaught, putting Hue the ancient imperial capital at risk. It was only thanks to US airpower, directed by a small group of courageous American advisers, which helped to turn the tide. Under the command of a new capable commander, the South Vietnamese then methodically counterattacked to retake some of the lost ground. This culminated in the ferocious street fighting for Quang Tri.

Contains 130 photos, five maps and 18 color profiles. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2015 UK, HELION
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1-211620 Albert Grandolini THE EASTER OFFENSIVE VIETNAM 1972: Volume 2 - Tanks in the Streets The March 30, 1972 North Vietnamese offensive included three communist divisions with T-54 tanks attacked from their sanctuaries in Cambodia just north of Saigon. Their tanks ventured into the streets of An Loc City where they were checked by a desperate and heroic stand by the South Vietnamese soldiers and their American advisers, thus saving the capital of South Vietnam.

Contains 130 photos, five maps, and 18 color profiles. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2015 UK, HELION
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1-44710 anon US MARINES IN VIETNAM, 1965:The Landing & Building USMC official history, 120 photos, 17 maps. 1 vol, 274 pgs 1996 NASHVILLE, BATTERY PRESS
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1-214160 Bowden, Mark HUE 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts.

The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company against thousands of enemy troops in the first attempt to re-enter Hue later that day. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.

Played out over 24 days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. 1 vol, 0 pgs 2017 US, GROVE PRESS
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1-211630 Bruce Cameron CANISTER ON FIRE: Australian Tank Operations in Vietnam Based on twelve years of research, including personal letters and diaries, extensive searches of official records, and numerous interviews, this book brings to life a previously little-known aspect of the conflict. Two Volume Set.

The 53-ton Centurion tanks were not only involved in intense fighting in conjunction with infantry to capture enemy defenses and defeat attacks, but also fought their own battles against enemy mines, ambushes, and an unforgiving terrain and climate.

This book takes the reader inside the tanks to share the experiences of their crews in action in the jungle. We see the gunner, trying to survive the heat inside the turret, while identifying designated targets; the operator trying to maintain communications, while keeping the guns loaded; the driver, trying to see his way forward, while keeping his head down; and the commander, trying to locate enemy positions, while directing his driver and giving fire orders to his gunner. The account also reveals how mechanics beat overwhelming challenges to maintain 20-year-old tanks, while field engineers risked their lives protecting them against mines. 2 vol, 940 pgs 2016 UK, BIG SKY
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1-199800 Bruhn, David WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN: The U.S. Navy's Coastal and Inshore Minesweepers, and the Minecraft that Served in Vietnam, 1953-1976 From 1953 to 1976, twenty-four US Navy coastal minesweepers (MSCs) swept mines, searched the seafloor for downed aircraft, sunken ships and lost munitions, 'showed the flag' in the Caribbean and throughout the Far East, and played a key role in the Vietnam War. Atlantic Fleet coastal minesweepers searched for a nuclear bomb buried in the sea bed off Savannah, Georgia, as a result of a midair collision between two US. Air Force aircraft and provided support for the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. MSCs based at Sasebo, Japan, conducted patrols off Vietnam to interdict smuggling of supplies by sea to the Viet Cong in the South.

One, USS Vireo, participated in the destruction of an enemy gun runner. Much smaller minesweeping boats (MSBs) kept the Long Tau River, which passed through the dangerous 'Forest of Assassins' and connected the South China Sea to Saigon, open to merchant vessels delivering military cargos to allied forces. Facing daily the possibility of death by Viet Cong mine or riverbank ambush, the thirteen boats of Mine Squadron Eleven Detachment Alfa comprised the first Navy unit to be awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for heroism by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Possessing too few minecraft to support its riverine combat operations, the US Navy also pressed existing landing craft and newly built assault support patrol boats and minesweeping drones into these duties.

The unheralded MSBs and steel-hulled minecraft collectively garnered four Presidential Unit Citations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, and three Navy Unit Commendations. Significant numbers of the small enlisted crews that took the craft in harm's way received the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals for acts of heroism performed under fire. Photographs, maps, diagrams and tables, appendices and an index to full-names, places and subjects add to the value of this work. 1 vol, 372 pgs 2011 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-201630 Camp, Dick ASSAULT FROM THE SKY: U.S Marine Corps Helicopter Operations in Vietnam This work describes U.S. Marine Corps helicopter operations, including their actions and evolution, throughout the Vietnam War. The book is divided into parts spanning the three stages of the Corps' combat deployment: 'Buildup (1962-1966),' 'Heavy Combat (1967-1969),' and 'The Bitter End (1975).' Each part includes chapters devoted to 'telling the story' of Marine helicopters from the individual to the strategic level.

Vietnam has often been called our 'first helicopter war,' and indeed the US Marine Corps, as well as Army, had to feel its way forward during the initial combats. But by 1967 the combat was raging across South Vietnam, with confrontational battles against the NVA, on a scale comparable to the great campaigns of WWII. In 1968, when the Communists launched their mammoth counteroffensive, the Marines were forced to fight on all sides, with the helicopter giving them the additional dimension that proved decisive in repelling the enemy.

The author, a Vietnam veteran, uses his experiences as a company commander to bring the story to life by weaving personal accounts, after-action reports and official documents into a remarkably readable narrative of service and sacrifice by Marine pilots and crewmen. The entire story of the war is here depicted through the prism of Marine helicopter operations, from the first deployments to support the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) against the Viet Cong through the rapid United States buildup to stop the North Vietnamese Army, until the final withdrawal from our Embassy. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2012
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1-213380 Daly, Dan WHITE WATER RED HOT LEAD: On Board U.S. Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam During the Vietnam war 3500 officers and men served in the Swift Boat program in a fleet of 130 boats with no armor plating. The boats patrolled the coast and rivers of South Vietnam, with the average age of the crew being twenty-four. Their days consisted of deadly combat, intense lightning firefights, storms and many hidden dangers.

The six-man crew of PCF 76 were volunteers from all over the United States, eager to serve their country in a unique type of duty not seen since the PT boats of WWII. This inexperienced and disparate group of men would meld into a combat team -- a team that formed an unbreakable, lifelong bond. 1 vol, 360 pgs 2017 US, CASEMATE
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1-44720 Garland, Ltc Albert N. editor DISTANT CHALLENGE, A:US Infantryman in NAM 1967-72 (159) photos, (14) maps uses first hand accounts to tell the story. 1 vol, 372 pgs 1983 NASHVILLE, BATTERY PRESS
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1-88810 Gilbert, Oscar MARINE CORPS TANK BATTLES IN VIETNAM The author presents the combat history of the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tank Battalions form 1965 to the end. Sixteen pages of b/w photos, maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2008 US, CASEMATE PUBLISHING
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1-203770 Guardia, Mike HAL MOORE: A Soldier Once and Always Hal Moore, one of the most admired American combat leaders of the last 50 years, has until now been best known to the public for being portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie We Were Soldiers. In this first-ever, fully-illustrated biography, we finally learn the full story of one of America's true military heroes.

A 1945 graduate of West Point, Moore's first combats occurred during the Korean War, where he fought in the battles of Old Baldy, T-Bone, and Pork Chop Hill. At the beginning of the Vietnam War, Moore commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry in the first full-fledged battle between U.S. and North Vietnamese regulars.

Drastically outnumbered and nearly overrun, Moore led from the front, and though losing 79 soldiers, accounted for 1,200 of the enemy before the Communists withdrew. This Battle of Ia Drang pioneered the use of air mobile infantry, delivering troops into battle via helicopter which became the staple of US operations for the remainder of the war. 1 vol, 323 pgs 2013 US, CASEMATE PUBLISHING
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1-86280 Hammel, Eric MARINES IN HUE CITY:Portrait of Urban Combat 1968 The Tet Offensive in 1968 that spilled over into Hue City was a month of grueling house-to-house fighting; 100's of b/w & color photos, index. 1 vol, 168 pgs 2007 US, ZENITH BOOKS
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1-972013 Higgins, David R 013 US MARINE vs NVA SOLDIER: Vietnam 1967-68 In 1967-68, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) was on the front line of the defense of South Vietnam's Quang Tri province, which was at the very heart of the Vietnam conflict. Facing them were the soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), men whose organization and equipment made them a very different opponent from the famous, irregular Viet Cong forces. From the 'Hill Battles' in April 1967 to the struggle for the city of Hue (January-March 1968) this bloody campaign forced the two sides into a grueling trial of strength.

The USMC held a general technological and logistical advantage -- including close air support and airborne transport, technology, and supplies -- but could not always utilize these resources effectively in mountainous, jungle, or urban environments better known by their Vietnamese opponents. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2015 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-45580 Marshall, S.L.A. BIRD Christmas Day 1966 saw two artillery batteries and a rifle company repulse three NVA battalions from landing zone BIRD, first hand accounts, sketches maps of battle zone, b/w illust, index. 1 vol, 206 pgs 1983 NASHVILLE, BATTERY PRESS
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1-45590 Marshall, S.L.A. WEST TO CAMBODIA The story of three different operations to stop the flow of men/material down the Ho Chi Minh trail, b/w illust/drawings, glossary, index. 1 vol, 253 pgs 1984 NASHVILLE, BATTERY PRESS
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1-SS6041 Mesko, Jim illustrations by Don Greer RIVERINE:A History of the Brown Water War in Nam A detailed pictoral history of the Brown Water War in Vietnam. Includes full color artwork, color photos, and numerous B&W photos 1 vol, 64 pgs 2010 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-83710 Nolan, Keith HOUSE TO HOUSE:Saigon, May 1968 'Playing the enemy's Game', the attack on Saigon just before the Paris Peace Talks was repulsed by four battalions of the 9th Infantry Division, it was bloody week long fight; illust/photos, biblio. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2006 US, ZENITH PRESS
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1-203280 O'Rourke, Kevin and Peters, Joe TAKING FIRE: Saving Captain Aikman: A Story of the Vietnam Air War American military special operations forces-Rangers, SEALs, and others-have become a well-recognized and highly respected part of our popular culture. But whom do these elite warriors look to in their times of greatest need: when wounded on the battlefield, cut off deep behind enemy lines, or adrift in the expanse of the world's oceans? They look skyward, hoping to catch a glimpse of their own personal guardian angel: a US Air Force pararescue jumper (PJ) who lives, and sometimes dies, by the motto that others may live.

Taking Fire provides an up-close look into the heroism and mystique of this little known segment of the Air Force Special Tactics community by focusing on one of the most dramatic rescues of the Vietnam War. It was June 1972 and Capt. Lynn Aikman is returning from a bombing mission over North Vietnam when his F-4 Phantom was jumped by an enemy MiG and shot down. He and his backseater Tom Hanton ejected from their crippled aircraft, but Hanton landed near a village and was quickly captured by local militia. Badly injured during the ejection, Aikman landed some distance from the village, and there was a chance that he can be recovered if American rescuers could reach him before the enemy did.

Now on the ground and drifting in and out of consciousness, Captain Aikman looks up and suddenly sees his guardian angel in the form of USAF Pararescue Jumper Chuck McGrath. As Sergeant McGrath is preparing to hook the downed pilot to a hoist line, he sees it fall to the ground. Hostile fire on the hovering Jolly Green Giant rescue helicopter has damaged the hoist mechanism causing the operator to cut the line. While circling A-1 Skyraiders strafe the militia to keep them away from Aikman and McGrath, the helicopter crew races to come up with a plan. It's getting dark, and they'll only have one chance.

Taking Fire is an exciting, highly dramatic story of life and death over North Vietnam. Much more than a chronicle the events of 27 June 1972, the book gives the reader an up-close look at the little known world of the US Air Force's elite aerial rescue force.
1 vol, 216 pgs 2013 US, CASEMATE
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1-213060 Poole, Eric COMPANY OF HEROES: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam Now published in paperback, this tells the remarkable account of a Medal of Honor recipient Leslie Sabo Jr., whose brave actions were forgotten for over three decades. Sabo and other replacement soldiers in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahees), 101st Airborne Division, were involved in intense, bloody engagements such as the battle for Hill 474 and the Mother's Day Ambush. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2016 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-69990 Pribbenow, Merle translator VICTORY IN VIETNAM:People's Army Official History Contains much detail never before available on the history of the War 1954-1975, produced by the Military Institute of Vietnam, biblio, index. 1 vol, 512 pgs 2002 LAWRENCE, UNIV OF KANSAS
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1-196070 Ross, Hamish FROM SAS TO BLOOD DIAMOND WARS Even by SAS standards this is the story of an outstanding warrior.

On the point of being demobilized from the SAS, Fred Marafono was recruited by David Stirling for his private security company. After Stirling's death, Fred found himself in the midst of Sierra Leone's Blood Diamond wars, and formed an unbreakable bonding with the country's champion of democracy, Chief Hinga Norman, whose leadership and tragic death are integral to the story.

Fred was recruited by Simon Mann for the finest of all private military companies in Africa, Executive Outcomes. Fewer than two hundred of them defeated the rebels in their strongholds. Through political weakness, Executive Outcomes were made to leave the country, and chaos ensued. Committed men like Hinga Norman and British High Commissioner Peter Penfold saw that in the absence of military commitment from the west, only high caliber mercenaries would win the fight to restore democracy: three of them kept a vital air bridge open. 'What God abandoned, these defended'. Fred's final action was supporting the SAS in their brilliant hostage release, 'Operation Barras.' 1 vol, 256 pgs 2011 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-211270 Smith, Harry LONG TAN: The Start of a Lifelong Battle On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, just five kilometres from the main Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, a group of Viet Cong soldiers walked into the right flank of Delta Company, 6 RAR. Under a blanket of mist and heavy monsoon rain, amid the mud and shattered rubber trees, a dispersed Company of 108 men held its ground with courage and grim determination against a three-sided attack from a force of 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops.

When the battle subsided, 18 Australian soldiers lay dead and 24 had been wounded. Battlefield clearance revealed 245 enemy bodies with captured documents later confirming the count at over 500 enemy killed and 800 wounded. These men were led by a gruff and gusty perfectionist, Major Harry Smith.

Now, some 47 years after the battle, Harry tells his story for the first time. But Long Tan is more than just an account of a historic battle. Harry Smith takes his readers on an extraordinary journey - one that ultimately reveals a remarkable cover-up at the highest military and political echelons.

Long Tan is also Harry's life story and portrays his many personal battles, from failed marriages to commando-style killing; from a horrific parachute accident through to his modern-day struggles with bureaucracy for recognition for his soldiers. Harry's battles are tempered by his love of sailing, where he has at last found some peace. Long Tan portrays the wrenching, visceral experience of a man who has fought lifelong battles. 1 vol, 352 pgs 2016 AUSTRALIA, BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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1-SS6098 Steinbrunn, Bob Vietnam Scrapbook - An Army Pilot Combat Tour In January 1966, Robert Steinbrunn entered the US Army for 4 memorable years. At Fort Rucker, Alabama, he received training in Bell helicopters, including the Huey and Iroquois (UH-1A, B and D models). Afterward, he was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was assigned to A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, the 'Ruthless Riders', flying the short-cabin Bell UH-1C gunship. After honing their reconnaissance skills in training, the 3rd and 7th Squadrons became the 'eyes and ears' of the 4th Infantry Division, which was based at Camp Enari, Pleiku, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Steinbrunn documented his time flying helicopters in Vietnam and has compiled his memories into a memorable book. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs. 1 vol, 68 pgs 2009 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-208000 Tucker-Jones, Anthony THE VIETNAM WAR: The Tet Offensive 1968 On 30 January 1968 the North Vietnamese communists launched a coordinated surprise attack - the Tet Offensive - across South Vietnam against the South Vietnamese and American armies. Superior firepower eventually crushed the offensive, but it proved to be a major psychological victory for the communists - a turning point in the Vietnam War.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this photographic history of Tet - and of American involvement in the struggle against the forces of the Viet Cong and the regular North Vietnamese army - uses over 180 contemporary images, color and black and white, to show all sides of the conflict and to reassess a defining moment in the protracted and bitter campaign against communism in South-East Asia.

The images record in vivid detail the conditions and the nature of the fighting, in particular the battles for Hue, Khe Sanh, and Saigon, and the equipment and the weaponry that was used. They show the impact of the fighting on the civilian population in the countryside and cities as they became battlegrounds. They also illustrate why the US public was so shocked by the capability of the communists to launch such an all-encompassing assault that many lost faith in America's commitment to the South. Includes 200 color and b/w photos. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2015 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-201370 Wiest, Andrew VIETNAM: A View from the Front Lines Based on rich collections housed at the National Archive, the Center of Military History, and at the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech, this traces the American experience of Vietnam from the war's popular inception to its morale-crushing and bitter conclusion.

Being careful to demonstrate that the Vietnam War was actually several different wars both in time and in space, it provides a grunt's-eye view of the conflict -- from the steaming rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta, to the triple-canopy rainforest of the Central Highlands, to the forlorn Marine bases that dotted the DMZ.

The stories will detail everything from heroism to fragging, from helicopters hitting the LZs to rampant drug use. It will be a true and grippingly accurate portrait of the American war in Vietnam through the eyes of the men and women who fought there. 1 vol, 212 pgs 2013 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-980025 Wiest, Andrew ROLLING THUNDER IN A GENTLE LAND:Vietnam Revisted 1 vol, 256 pgs 2003 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISH'NG
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1-211160 Yarboriugh, Thpmas A SHAU VALOR: American Combat Operations in the Valley of Death, 1963-1971 Throughout the Vietnam War, one focal point persisted where the Viet Cong guerrillas and ARVN were not a major factor, but where the trained professionals of the North Vietnamese and US armies repeatedly fought head-to-head. This studies nine years of American combat operations encompassing the crucial frontier valley and a 15-mile radius around it -- the most deadly killing ground of the entire Vietnam War.

Beginning in 1963 Special Forces A-teams established camps along the valley floor, followed by a number of top-secret Project Delta reconnaissance missions through 1967. Then, US Army and Marine Corps maneuver battalions engaged in a series of sometimes controversial thrusts into the A Shau designed to disrupt NVA infiltrations and to kill enemy soldiers, part of what came to be known as Westmoreland's 'war of attrition.'

The various campaigns included Operation Pirous in 1967, 1968's Operations Delaware and Somerset Plain, 1969's Operations Dewey Canyon, Massachusetts Striker, and Apache Snow -- which included the infamous battle for Hamburger Hill -- culminating with Operation Texas Star and the vicious fight for and humiliating evacuation of Fire Support Base Ripcord in the summer of 1970, the last major US battle of the war.

By 1971 the fighting had once again shifted to the realm of small Special Forces reconnaissance teams assigned to the ultra-secret Studies and Observations Group-SOG. Other works have focused on individual battles or units, but A Shau Valor is the first to study the nine-year campaign -- for all its courage and sacrifice -- chronologically and within the context of other historical, political, and cultural events. 1 vol, 336 pgs 2016 US, CASEMATE
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