America and her allies believed that manpower, firepower, logistics, and technology were sufficient to guarantee victory in Vietnam. This book describes how the communists placed their trust in the oldest and most reliable tool of warfare: the individual soldier.
The authors, with their six-and-a-half years' combined experience on the ground in Vietnam, bring to this absorbing volume a personal observation, accuracy, and honesty that is denied those who never smelled gunpowder or suffered the hardships of the soldier's life. Using interviews, personal diaries and letters, documents captured on the battlefield, and the latest revelations of the government of Vietnam, the authors show why the communist Vietnamese were able to finally seize all of Vietnam.
There are surprises. For example, most of the North Vietnamese were not native jungle fighters, as commonly assumed, but came from farms, villages, and cities. The reasons for their strategic successes are clearly underscored: by fighting only when conditions were favorable to themselves, the VC/NVA were able to create an air of invincibility in the eyes of their enemies, the local populace, and themselves.
Comments from American generals and soldiers round out this exhaustive portrait of the enemy. Finally, the sad aftermath of the Vietnam War is presented, showing that the communists may have won the war, but, tragically, never achieved peace for their beleaguered nation.
About the Author:
Dan Cragg is a retired sergeant-major who served five-and-a-half years in Vietnam. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area