Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of the Vietnam War


In the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese couldn't match the United States' superior weapons and equipment. Instead, the Viet Cong fought with homemade weapons and used jungle tactics. Learn all about the powerful weapons, unique gear, and uniforms used by U.S. and Vietnamese forces.

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In the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese couldn't match the United States' superior weapons and equipment. Instead, the Viet Cong fought with homemade weapons and used jungle tactics. Learn all about the powerful weapons, unique gear, and uniforms used by U.S. and Vietnamese forces.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The Vietnam War was one of the longest and most controversial conflicts in American history. From the early 1960s through 1973, America servicemen and women took part in a complicated civil war that spread across much of Southeast Asia. Over those years more than 56,000 American soldiers perished in a conflict that spawned a widespread anti-war movement. In this volume of the "Equipped for Battle" series readers are given a quick look back in time to the battlefields of Vietnam. As in other books in this illustrated series, Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of the Vietnam War combines short descriptions of weaponry and ordnance with photography. This combination is designed to allow readers to not only learn about the technical details of Vietnam War era military hardware but also to see some of it in action. This approach allows readers interested in military science to learn about attack helicopters, armored weapons, assault rifles, ambuscades, and other material objects of that controversial war. In some instances, such as the use of defoliants inclusive of Agent Orange, some mention is made of the morality of war. However, generally this book remains a somewhat sanitized look back at the tools of war used in one of the most debated conflicts in American history. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Every volume offers a short introduction to its featured war, followed by chapters on equipment. Each section contains several paragraphs about specific pieces of equipment, machinery, and uniforms, many of them illustrated. The books have no conclusions; instead back matter follows immediately after the final equipment description. The extreme brevity of the introductions and the lack of context for the discussions of these weapons are problematic. Vietnam blithely describes flamethrowers as "useful" and able to "clear a tunnel of enemies," while World War II describes knives used by the Allied forces that "could take out enemies quickly and quietly." The introduction in Iraq War mentions WMDs as a reason for entering the war without revealing that none were found. These volumes don't stand alone but might be considered where there is demand for highly visual works on the military.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429676519
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Equipped for Battle Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,503,898
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Tougas worked in journalism and public relations before writing children’s books. She is the author of Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration, which was among Booklist’s 2011 Top Ten Editors’ Choices. Shelley lives, writes, and reads in North Mankato, Minnesota.
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