The Siege at Hueby George W. Smith
battle. . . .
On 31 January, 1968, the North Vietnamese and Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive, attacking thirty-six major South Vietnamese cities and towns. While American soldiers throughout the country dealt with the
The siege at Hue ultimately determined the outcome of the Vietnam War. Now, here is the most complete account yet of that fateful
battle. . . .
On 31 January, 1968, the North Vietnamese and Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive, attacking thirty-six major South Vietnamese cities and towns. While American soldiers throughout the country dealt with the ferocity of the surprise attack, the most bitter battle of the entire war was unfolding at Hue. From the first round of incoming mortars to the triumphant hoisting of the American flag over the enemy's bastion, U.S. Army captain George W. Smith was there.
With reports from many eyewitnesses, Smith presents the day-to-day struggle in gripping detail, following the bloodyfought in the street by the three U.S. Marine battalions who played the decisive role in the liberation of Hue. Smith also covers the social and political upheaval in the ancient city of temples and palaces, the now-verified executions of nearly 3,000 civilians by the NVA and VC, and the crucial role of the American press.
Four men won the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during the Battle of Hue, and the U.S. Marines were awarded ten Navy Crosses for extraordinary gallantry. Captain Smith honors these menand their selfless acts of courage.
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Meet the Author
George W. Smith served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army captain. He is a former sportswriter for The Hartford Courant.
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A good book for those interested in the Tet offensive, the climactic event of the Vietnam War. A good insiders view of the battle at Hue, where 3000 civilians were massacred by the Viet Cong.