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Ia DrangÇThe Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

We Were Soldiers Once...and Young

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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young

We Were Soldiers Once...and Young

Ia DrangÇThe Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

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10/31/2017

968 minutes

9781520091716

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Each year, the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant selects a book that he believes is both relevant and timeless to be read by all Marines. This book was the Commandant's choice for 1993. In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. How these men persevered makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. Their devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles, revealing man's most heroic and horrendous endea

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Much more than a conventional battle study, the book is a frank record of the emotional reactions of the GIs to the terror and horror of this violent and bloody encounter...a vivid re-creation of the first major ground battle of the Vietnam War., Publishers Weekly

We Were Soldiers Once movingly depicts Ia Drang through the eyes of junior officers and enlisted men of the 1st Cavalry Division and their North Vietnamese opponents. The authors convincingly present Ia Drang as an archetype of a self-defeating U.S. strategy that emphasized wearing down a determined and skillful enemy on the battlefield., Library Journal

A gut-wrenching account of what war is really all about, which should be 'must' reading for all Americans, especially those who have been led to believe that war is some kind of Nintendo game., General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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