Rangers at War: LRRPs in Vietnam

Rangers at War: LRRPs in Vietnam

by Shelby L. Stanton
     
 

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"Shelby Stanton has emerged as the leading military historian on the war in Southest Asia."
COL. CHARLES B. MacDONALD
Author of COMPANY COMMANDER and A TIME FOR TRUMPETS
One of the toughest and most challenging jobs in Vietnam was to be a U.S. Army Ranger running Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols. The LRRPs took volunteers only, and training was designed to

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"Shelby Stanton has emerged as the leading military historian on the war in Southest Asia."
COL. CHARLES B. MacDONALD
Author of COMPANY COMMANDER and A TIME FOR TRUMPETS
One of the toughest and most challenging jobs in Vietnam was to be a U.S. Army Ranger running Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols. The LRRPs took volunteers only, and training was designed to weed out all but the best. What emerged was an elite outfit of warriors in the finest sense of the word. Now Shelby Stanton, renowned military authority on the war in Southeast Asia, presents the first and only definitive history of the LRRPs and the U.S. Army Rangers in Vietnam. They're all here: the Screaming Eagle Patrollers, Cochise Raiders, Charlie Rangers, Cobra Lightning Patrollers, and more.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stanton ( Green Berets at War ) makes a significant contribution to the operational history of the Vietnam War with this volume on long-range reconnaissance and patrol units. Depending on helicopters for insertion and extraction, usually employed in teams only a half-dozen strong, the Vietnam-era rangers specialized in intelligence collecting and small-scale raids. Their improvised role was the product of a war without stable fronts and terrain that defied conventional means of information gathering. Stanton describes the rangers' history company by company and discusses their use and misuse by generals often as bewildered by the war as were the men they led. The book is particularly useful as a background for the large number of memoirs by veterans of long-range reconnaissance units. Not every fire fight was a victory, not every ranger a hero, but in Stanton the men in black berets have a worthy chronicler. (June)
Library Journal
This history of American combat reconnaissance units in the Vietnam War, the author's seventh book dealing in whole or in part with U.S. ground forces in Southeast Asia, will add to Stanton's growing reputation as a leading interpreter of that conflict's military aspects. Here, he covers the evolution and experiences of rangers from each of the larger American units (1st Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, etc.), including selected combat narratives for each. Reconnaissance troops, along with the tunnel rats and Medevac crews, remain unsung heroes of Vietnam. No other book to date has even attempted such an overview of how they responded to the tactical problems posed by Southeast Asia. Recommended for Vietnam War collections.-- John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307789822
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
300,908
File size:
7 MB

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