The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963-1973

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 448 pages
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“THE MEN WHO SACRIFICED FOR THEIR COUNTRY ARE RIGHTFULLY HERALDED . . . This is an honest book–one well worth reading. . . . Stanton has laid his claim to the historian’s ranks by providing his reader with well-documented, interpretive assessments.”
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The Vietnam War remains deep in the nation’s consciousness. It is vital that we know exactly what happened there–and who made it happen. This book provides a complete account of American Army ground combat forces–who they were, how they got to the battlefield, and what they did there. Year by year, battlefield by battlefield, the narrative follows the war in extraordinary, gripping detail. Over the course of the decade, the changes in fighting and in the combat troops themselves are described and documented. The Rise and Fall of an American Army represents the first total battlefield history of Army ground forces in the Vietnam War, containing much previously unreleased archival material. It re-creates the feel of battle with dramatic precision.

“Stanton’s writing . . . gives the reader a terrifying graphic description of combat in the many mini-environments of Vietnam.”
The New York Times

“[A] MOVING, IMPORTANT BOOK.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch




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This is an excellent overview of the US Army and Marine Corp in Vietnam 1965-1972. It makes a good deal of sense out of a confusing time. He shows the issues that existed and how more and more units ... Read full review

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Splendid book on the US Army performance in the Vietnam War. The author tells it like it was. Read full review

Contents

Advisors and Special Forces
3
An Army Girds for Battle
18
Marines at
29
An Army Goes to
44
The BuildUp
63
HAPTER 6 The Area War
79
The Central Front
95
The Northern Front
115
HAPTER 13 Battle for the Coast
189
Year ofCrises
203
The Battles of Tet68
217
Siege and Breakthrough
245
C ounteroffensive
258
One War 281
280
One War in the Northern Provinces
293
One War in the Southern Provinces
306

The Year of the Big Battles 131
130
Battle for the Saigon Approaches
140
1 Battle for the Highlands
155
Holding the Line
177
A Changing War
333
An Army Departs the War
348
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About the author (2007)

Shelby L. Stanton is a noted military historian. During the conflict in Vietnam, he was commissioned as an infantry officer of the U.S. Army and completed the Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces Officer courses. His six years on active military duty included service throughout Southeast Asia, where he earned the Vietnam service and campaign medals. He was also decorated for advisory duty in direct support of Cambodian operations. After being wounded in Laos, he was medically retired with the rank of captain.

Stanton received a B.A., M.Ed., and J.D. from Louisiana State University. He is also the author of Rangers at War; Vietnam Order of Battle; and Order of Battle, U.S. Army, World War II.


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