The Siege at Hue

The Siege at Hue

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by George W. Smith
     
 

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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

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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 men—and their selfless acts of courage.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong surprise attack on the South Vietnamese city of Hue played a pivotal role in the Tet Offensive of 1968. The city of 140,000 was lightly held by a token South Vietnamese force at the time of the stunning assault. The street fighting was as savage as any in war, and the NVA/VC managed to hold out for 25 days. By the end, a total of 1500 Americans, 2200 South Vietnamese, and 5100 NVA/VC combatants had been killed or wounded. More than 3000 civilians had lost their lives, a high percentage of them murdered by Communist killer teams. Smith was present as a U.S. Marine officer and provides a sense of intimate knowledge as he outlines the desperate nature of the urban combat. His inclusion of South Vietnamese units and the description of the role they played stands out in the reporting of the war. Missing from his chronicle, though, is any treatment of strategic Communist goals, analysis of their forces, or discussion of the reasons behind the uncoordinated Allied attacks. Still, the dramatic presentation of the siege makes the book worthy of Vietnam War collections in academic and public libraries.--John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Now a writer for the Associated Press, in 1968 Smith was a US captain monitoring the civilian press corp during the 25-day campaign for the city, which was part of the Tet Offensive that proved a watershed in US public opinion. He describes chaos and uncoordinated campaigns among US and South Vietnamese troops, South Vietnamese troops holding the Citadel part of the city, social and political upheaval, executions of nearly 3,000 civilian, and other events and conditions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804119467
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/05/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.84(d)

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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The Siege at Hue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.