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Small Unit Action In Vietnam Summer 1966 [Illustrated Edition] Kindle Edition
The Guerilla Warfare in the jungles and paddies of Vietnam was unlike the previous wars that the United States had been involved in for the past hundred years; there were no frontlines, no rest areas, few uniformed enemies and a terrorized population unwilling to help. The tactics, strategies and experiences that would show the way forward were often developed by the small units; squads, platoons and outposts who saw the most of the hard fighting in isolated engagements with their elusive enemies. To ensure that this valuable resource of knowledge and experience was disseminated to all the men of the Corps, the Marine Intelligence department plucked Captain Francis J West Jr and sent him to join the 5th Marines on their day-to-day engagements, patrols and ambushes. What he learnt and recorded, frequently under fire, were the actual experiences of the USMC at the sharp end of the fighting during the Summer of 1966. Aimed at the men of the Corps he wrote of the tense ambushes, long range patrols, 15 second engagements, artillery support, airstrikes and even battalion level sweeps through the awful conditions of the war.
A vivid and visceral account of the struggle of the U.S. Marines during the summer of 1966.
- ASIN : B06XGJ4W47
- Publisher : Normanby Press (August 15, 2014)
- Publication date : August 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5725 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 123 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #841,914 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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kept them in the fight and not ovverrun, until air could be brought in.
In my opinion if westmorland had fought the small unit way of the USMC rather than his ww2/ Korea mindset not only would casualties have been lower, but more would have been achieved to the point were I believe the south would have been able to do it all themselves and not have the financial support taken away by a leftist congresses in 1973.
A great read written at the time so it doesn't have any 20/20 hindsight Monday-morning quarterbacking!