Marines in Hue City: A Portrait of Urban Combat, Tet 1968

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“As military historians go, Hammel stands among the very best. His 30-plus volumes dutifully record great Marine battle epics … In reading Marines in Hue City, Marine veterans of the battles of Fallujah, and other Iraq city fighting, will relate through the photographs included in this coffee-table-sized volume … Hammel does an outstanding job of combining the account of the battle with a bevy of new, never-before-published photographic ...

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Overview

“As military historians go, Hammel stands among the very best. His 30-plus volumes dutifully record great Marine battle epics … In reading Marines in Hue City, Marine veterans of the battles of Fallujah, and other Iraq city fighting, will relate through the photographs included in this coffee-table-sized volume … Hammel does an outstanding job of combining the account of the battle with a bevy of new, never-before-published photographic images.”
Leatherneck

Marines in Hue City tells the story of the four-week Battle of Hue with concise prose and many strongly evocative photographs. Many are official USMC photos; others are never-before-published pictures taken by individual Marines. It all adds up to an excellent account of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal battles.”

The VVA Veteran

Over decades of conflict in Vietnam, Hue, the former imperial capital, had been spared. But everything changed on January 31, 1968, the eve of the lunar new year—a national holiday long marked by a mutual ceasefire—when the North Vietnamese launched a massive offensive. In the cataclysm of violence that convulsed South Vietnam during the now-infamous Tet Offensive, Hue was overrun—and the only forces available to counterattack were a handful of Marine infantry companies based eight miles south of the city.

This photographic history chronicles the savage battle that followed as, for four excruciating weeks, the Marines of Task Force X-Ray fought house to house and street by street to retake the city so central to the Vietnamese culture and psyche. Through photographs taken in the heat of the action, readers will follow one of the wars most important campaigns, as ground gained is measured in painstaking inches and every alley, every street corner, every window might be the last.

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The VVA Veteran, May/June 2007

“[Marines in Hue City] tells the story of the four-week Battle of Hue with concise prose and many strongly evocative photographs. Many are official USMC photos; others are never-before-published pictures taken by individual Marines. It all adds up to an excellent account of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal battles.”

Leatherneck,

June 2007

“As military historians go, Hammel stands among the very best. His 30-plus volumes dutifully record great Marine battle epics … In reading Marines in Hue City, Marine veterans of the battles of Fallujah, and other Iraq city fighting, will relate through the photographs included in this coffee-table-sized volume … Hammel does an outstanding job of combining the account of the battle with a bevy of new, never-before-published photographic images.”

Military Book Club, April 2007

“This spectacular book is the first of its kind – an illustrated history of the fierce fight on the streets of Hue which contains over 200 amazing images! Marines in Hue City covers all phases of the battle, from the opening shots and the Marines’ arrival to the ‘six-block war’ and the seizure of the Citadel ... The real diehard MBC members will quickly take note of the detailed city maps of downtown Hue and the Citadel which provide overall context of the battle, and allows them to connect the book’s images with the battle zone. And in addition to describing all the tactics and weaponry used by the Marines, author Eric Hammel provides an extraordinarily detailed caption for every picture. Marines in Hue City is a multi-layered experience every ’Nam buff out there will appreciate.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760325216
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 960,442
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Hammel is a critically acclaimed military historian and author of more than thirty combat and pictorial histories, including the extremely popular Iwo Jima: Portrait of a Battle (Zenith Press 2006). He lives in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Author’s Note

Acknowledgments

Glossary and Guide to Abbreviations

Maps

Chapter 1—Marines Fight in Cities and Towns

Chapter 2—General Offensive—General Uprising

Chapter 3—Assault on Hue: January 30–31, 1968

Chapter 4—Send in the Marines: January 31, 1968

Chapter 5—Stabilizing the Lodgment: February 1–2, 1968

Chapter 6—The Six-Block War: February 3–6, 1968

Chapter 7—Scenes from the South Side: February 7–March 8, 1968

Chapter 8—Battles for the Citadel: February 1–9, 1968

Chapter 9—Reinforcing the Citadel: February 10–12, 1968

Chapter 10—Marines in the Citadel: February 13–20, 1968

Chapter 11—The Flagpole: February 21–24, 1968

Epilogue

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