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Sappers in the Wire
     

Sappers in the Wire

by Keith William Nolan
 
From the author of The Battle for Saigon and The Magnificent Bastards comes this first full-scale account of one of the U.S. Army's darkest moments in Vietnam. Includes eight pages of photos. Previously published by Texas A&M Press.

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From the author of The Battle for Saigon and The Magnificent Bastards comes this first full-scale account of one of the U.S. Army's darkest moments in Vietnam. Includes eight pages of photos. Previously published by Texas A&M Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The battle took place on a remote hilltop in Quang Tin Province during the latter days of ``Vietnamization,'' when open defiance of orders was common among GIs. What happened at Firebase Mary Ann the night of March 27-28, 1971, was, according to the author of this riveting account, the U.S. Army's ``most blatant and humiliating defeat in Vietnam.'' That night, 50 sappers of the 409th Viet Cong Main Force Battalion, wearing nothing but shorts, slipped through the base's barbed wire without alerting a single sentry, killed 30 GIs and wounded 82 others. Relying on interviews with survivors and recently declassified documents, Nolan reconstructs the assault from start to finish, showing how a demoralized American unit (1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, Americal Division) was crushed, despite the heroic actions of a few individuals. He traces the chain-of-command process by which the defeat ruined the careers of the division and battalion commanders. By the author of The Magnificent Bastards, this is a perceptive study of poor leadership and combat demoralization. It is also a terrific battle book. Illustrations. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671002541
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.88(d)

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