Whispers in the Tall Grass Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
On his second combat tour, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. This unit was part of MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group), or Studies and Observations Group as it was innocuously called. The small recon companies that were the center of its activities conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, infiltrating areas controlled by the North Vietnamese in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The companies never exceeded more than thirty Americans, yet they were the best source for the enemy's disposition and were key to the US military being able to take the war to the enemy. This was accomplished by utilizing both new and innovative technology, and tactics dating back to the French and Indian Wars.
This small unit racked up one of the most impressive records of awards for valor of any unit in the history of the United States Army. It came at a terrible price, however; the number of wounded and killed in action was incredibly high. Those missions today seem suicidal. In 1970 they seemed equally so, yet these men went out day after day with their indigenous allies - Montagnard tribesmen, Vietnamese, and Chinese Nungs - and faced the challenges with courage and resolve.
Whispers in the Tall Grass is the second volume of Nick's riveting memoir of his time with MACV-SOG.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 19, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,812 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6 in Vietnam War Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#11 in Vietnam War
#21 in Asian History (Audible Books & Originals)
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This book, like "We Few" is a little hard to categorize. Often, it reads like what prior reviewers have described as "Hunter S. Thompson if he served in Vietnam" - a hilarious, sarcastic romp of jeep-stealing, MP beating bandits running from one drunken escapade to the next in a surreal warzone. These episodes are interspersed with missions "across the fence" against the increasingly dangerous Ho Chi Minh Trail, where the NVA's growing prowess takes its toll on Brokhausen and his teammates.
The last chapter - having to leave the Bru behind - stuck with me most after reading this. Throughout both books, you get a full sense of what it meant to be part of this family, as a member of the team. I could feel the sense of bitterness at the abandonment of the Montagnards and the post-war massacres. There was never going to be a happy ending, except that it was over and you got to go home.
Read it, enjoy it, digest it, and hope that there's more works coming out discussing his Det A experiences or work in eastern Europe as the Cold War ended.
I haven't read many books on the wars of the late 60's and early 70's since the most recent wars and associated books came about. Vietnam though, was such a vastly different battlefield, terrain and for the average GI it was unique jungle territory never experienced before. This made for extreme combat in close proximity with the enemy. Hand to hand combat happened often, and such battles were multiplied by the discovery of hundreds of miles of underground tunnels. There were boobytraps, toe-popper mines, sharpened punji stakes coated with feces in hidden pits awaited the unwary troop.
The author shares many humorous incidents that were probably kept secret for some time after the war. He shares extensively of his experiences working daily with the local tribesmen, the Montangards, or 'Yards' as he calls them.
My overall statement of this book is you don't want to cheat yourself out of a fabulous accounting of one soldier's military and wartime experiences. I can't say what those who didn't serve might think or feel of the author's books, but for an old jarhead like myself they were a blast!
extraordinarily brave men of CCN, all thanks to Nick Brokhausen.
Good job, man. You earned your pay and then some, and I’m glad you made it home. I hope you found some peace.