Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds, an Oral History

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Reprint of a 1989 military history recounting the events of the Tet 1968 siege of the Khe Sanh American Combat Base. The narrative weaves together oral accounts from American soldiers who were involved in the 77-day siege. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

An account of this 1968 battle that epitomized the entire Vietnam War Experience.

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Overview

Reprint of a 1989 military history recounting the events of the Tet 1968 siege of the Khe Sanh American Combat Base. The narrative weaves together oral accounts from American soldiers who were involved in the 77-day siege. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

An account of this 1968 battle that epitomized the entire Vietnam War Experience.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Early in 1968, the North Vietnamese began an artillery barrage that continued for several weeks of Khe Sanh Combat Base in the northwest corner of South Vietnam. Observers speculated that the siege might turn into ``another Dienbienphu,'' but the defenders pulled out in April after suffering heavy casualties, and only the most hard-headed student of the affair calls it anything but a Communist victory. The story of the thankless siege is told in this vivid oral history by nearly 100 articulate survivors, mostly U.S. Marines, who convey the frustration experienced by men trained for aggressive mobile warfare, forced for the most part to huddle inside a crowded perimeter. The siege of Khe Sanh was a bad scene all around, typified by the ambush/massacre on February 25 of a platoon-size Marine patrol just outside the perimeter and the refusal of higher command to intervene for fear the rescuers would be lost as well. Hammel is a military historian. Photos. (June)
Library Journal
The 77-day siege of Khe Sanh, where U.S. Marines were surrounded and shelled by much larger enemy forces, has become one of the most controversial battles of the Vietnam War. Military historian Hammel provides another dimension with this chronological collection of brief ``oral history'' accounts by Marines who were there. Arranged day-by-day, these short pieces read like diary entries but by different authors, a technique which soon fragments into a muddled sequence of events, making it difficult to follow the battle narrative. Nonetheless, the gritty recollections of the Marines themselves vividly re-create the atmosphere of desperation and courage and give a chilling sense of what combat was really like. This effectively complements Robert Pisor's definitive documentary, The End of the Line: The Siege of Khe Sanh (LJ 6/15/82). Recommended for academic libraries and subject collections.-- Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935553307
  • Publisher: Pacifica Military History
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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